• Publisher: Nicalis
  • Release Date: Oct 30, 2018
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: In a world where humans and octopi are at war, Mr Tako is a persistently helpful little octopus who rescues a woman from drowning one stormy night. A fairy sees this act of bravery and grants him the ability to survive on land, where he can turn enemies into platforms by spitting ink atIn a world where humans and octopi are at war, Mr Tako is a persistently helpful little octopus who rescues a woman from drowning one stormy night. A fairy sees this act of bravery and grants him the ability to survive on land, where he can turn enemies into platforms by spitting ink at them. As he travels across the surface world, Mr Tako defies his family and his people to try to resolve conflicts between humans and octopi. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Oct 31, 2018
    90
    It’s an amazing title that exceeds all expectations, and even during some of the more difficult sections is hard to put down for more than a few minutes. There isn’t a single recent title that comes to mind that truly captures what made retro titles great while also managing to be outstanding all by itself. Save Me Mr Tako! is a title that is for anyone who loves amazing platformers with a perfect balance of puzzles, combat, challenges and story.
  2. Oct 30, 2018
    80
    Save Me Mr. Tako is a lovingly crafted throwback to the days of the Game Boy. While we found some rough spots with the lack of side quest tracking and ropey collision detection, they weren't enough to take away from our overall enjoyment of the game. Tako is a lovable character in a quality platformer that would have been right at home on the system it pays homage to. If you love the Game Boy - flaws and all - then you'll absolutely adore this game.
  3. Nov 26, 2018
    80
    For anyone that owned a Game Boy back in the day, Christophe Galati’s Save Me Mr Tako will very likely tug at the old nostalgia stings with its visual sincerity towards the long-reigning handheld console. While the gameplay itself can come across as a little humdrum at times, there’s no denying that there’s still a fun puzzle-platformer to be found here with plenty to see and do. If you’re looking for a simulated trip down memory lane, then Save Me Mr Tako happens to be one of the better replications of a new Game Boy game released for a modern day console.
  4. Jan 17, 2019
    65
    Save Me Mr Tako is a cheery delight with surprisingly thought-provoking dialogue, but I could only perform the same gameplay for so long. Ultimately, the experience wasn’t engaging enough to push me through to the conclusion, but I wish Mr. Tako the best in his efforts to end the tragic conflict between octopi and humans.
  5. Feb 21, 2019
    60
    Save Me Mr. Tako is a decent 2D platformer with some great presentation and a loving throwback to the 2D platformers of the 90s, but unfortunately feels a bit too frustrating to enjoy for long periods of time.
  6. Nov 7, 2018
    60
    Gliding around while shooting ink to turn enemies into platforms is indeed fun but Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San is still an old-school 2D platformer that could have done much more to stand out in such a crowded genre.
  7. 50
    As charming as it may appear, Save me Mr. Tako never convinced me it was being genuine. Barebones level design, poor writing, and frustrating design choices make this overly-sweet experience nauseating.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Nov 6, 2018
    10
    Tasukete Tako San is a wonderful nostalgia trip, it's a game worth to buy and try that will remind you the golden time of gameboy playingTasukete Tako San is a wonderful nostalgia trip, it's a game worth to buy and try that will remind you the golden time of gameboy playing hiden in your blanket fort with a hot chocolate mug.
    The gameplay is good, the idea to transform enemy into platform encourage exploration and secret discovering.
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  2. Nov 9, 2018
    9
    Have you ever played on a Game Boy (and presumably enjoyed it)? Or have you ever wondered what that was all about? This is a game that youHave you ever played on a Game Boy (and presumably enjoyed it)? Or have you ever wondered what that was all about? This is a game that you should absolutely check out.

    I've always loved the charm of the Kirby series, but I often find the platforming of those games unsatisfying and the story far too shallow. Save me Mr Tako captures the cuteness of Kirby while elevating the gameplay and crafting a story truly worthy of emotional investment. You can feel the sincerity shining through in the dialogue, the music, and every square of pixel art. This game is an excellent tribute to Game Boy classics of the past, but it is a beautiful gaming experience in its own right.

    Heads up, though -- Save me Mr Tako is a little tough at times, like many of the titles it is inspired by! You will probably find yourself playing a handful of the levels over ten times till you crack the code. Here are some tips that helped me get through when the going got tough:

    - Take your time. Rushing headlong through the level will never do you any favors.
    - Look down to scout out the level, and for goodness sake, look down before you leap!!
    - Sometimes no hat is better than the ones you have available.
    - On almost all levels, if you find yourself running out of lives/feathers and know you are going to have to make another run, you can exit the level from the pause screen. This restores you to the world map with all the lives you had before, saving you the trouble of stocking up on feathers again.
    - You can fast forward through cut scenes with the minus ( - ) button. If you aren't on the Switch, check the devs Twitter account (@ChrisDeneos) for instructions.

    Good luck with your Tako-san adventure!
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  3. Jan 22, 2019
    8
    Being a big fan of Game Boy games, such as Kirby's Dreamland and Kirby's Dreamland 2, and octopuses, I was super excited to play it. It'sBeing a big fan of Game Boy games, such as Kirby's Dreamland and Kirby's Dreamland 2, and octopuses, I was super excited to play it. It's super nostalgic and a real love letter to classic handheld games.

    Pros:
    - You can change the colour palette, border, and screen resolution. I personally prefer the pink/yellow/blue colour palette and the widescreen with the border.
    - Great music! It really sounds like a Game Boy game. The composer did a lovely job.
    - A lovely story. I was always surprised how the plot would evolve. And I loved the themes and messages.
    - Charming characters. I found myself getting attached to a lot of characters, which always makes me happy. I love Loulou, Azuria, Saki, Evan, and of course Tako, himself.
    - New but familiar gameplay. There aren't too many controls, so it's easy for anyone to pick up and play.

    Cons:
    - Enemies hitting you off-screen. It's not fun to die and not know what killed you.
    - Weird hitboxes for some obstacles and enemies. I found myself dying a lot by things that shouldn't have hit me.
    - Hats have little to know explanation. Most hats are self-explanatory, but some hats you don't know what they do until after dying a few times.
    - Some of the harder stages lack checkpoints.

    Despite those flaws, it's still a game worth playing. If you're interested in classic 2D platformers that can get pretty challenging, then this is a game for you.
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  4. Sep 12, 2019
    2
    In it's adoration of the Gameboy Classic, Save Me Mr Tako is blinded to new advances in gameplay and comes across as trying, and failing, toIn it's adoration of the Gameboy Classic, Save Me Mr Tako is blinded to new advances in gameplay and comes across as trying, and failing, to emulate Shovel Knight's brilliant use of nostalgia. It fails to innovate, therefore coming across less as a love letter and moreso as a blind circlejerk, failing to throw away what didn't work in the Gameboy era.
    The game's creator inserts political issues which serve no relevance to the game whatsoever, and feel very forced into an otherwise fantasy-based game.
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