Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Mark Nintendo, Reviews 3 Comments

captain toad treasure tracker coverDespite the Toad Brigade being a mainstay of the Super Mario series they rarely get a lead role, more likely to be seen loitering like lost tourists or offering words of wisdom like wizen weary travellers.

When Captain Toad arrived, laden with a backpack and miners lamp, he could have been forgiven for thinking his time would be short lived. In a world where running and jumping are key his inability to do either didn’t bode well.

But after landing a few cameo levels on Super Mario 3D World he’s only gone and landed himself his own title, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

On Super Mario 3D World these levels made for a welcome break from the usual chasing around. It required a more measured approach, navigating platforms and secret passages to collect the green stars.

As much as I enjoyed these levels I had my doubts they’d be enough to warrant their own game. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is every bit as good, if not better.

captain toad treasure tracker levelThe premise remains largely the same, but instead of collecting five green stars you have one golden star to reach, with three gems to find along the way.

It’s a puzzle platformer in the truest sense. Because you can’t jump you need to think carefully about how you approach each level, and it’s as much about controlling the camera angle (which you do with the right thumb-stick) as it is navigating past Walleyes or throwing things at Goomba’s.

There are over seventy levels to complete split over chapters, each with an end goal, three gems to find and a special challenge to complete too. There’s also bonus levels that actually feel like genuine bonuses so I’ll not spoil the surprise.

This is what I love about all the Mario titles, because where Sonny and Luca love to complete a level to open the next, I can then go back and find the gems they missed and complete the challenge.

captain toad treasure tracker levelThe difficulty of the levels feels just about right and because there’s no time limit you can approach them at a more leisurely pace, taking time to explore and often finding hidden gems by carefully manipulating the camera angle around the level first.

It also plays and feels unmistakably like Super Mario, from the wonderful soundtrack and ingenious level design to the beautiful graphics and usual cast of enemies.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is right up there with my favourite games on the Wii U and sits perfectly alongside the other Mario titles.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is due for UK release in January 2015.

{I was sent this game for the purposes of this review. All words and opinions are honest and my own}

Comments 3

  1. UM *jealous face*… do you have this now?! You lucky bugger – we are so excited for this coming out and son is gutted he cant have it for Xmas and is very impatient for the release date – glad to hear it is as good as it looks! Cant wait to have a go! 🙂

    1. If the kids ask it’s because I’m really good friends with Mr Nintendo. Who needs an elf on the shelf to make them behave when you have friends in high places!
      Truth is I’m a Nintendo Family Blogger but shh, they don’t need to know that.

      1. Ah! That explains it, and good work on the kid trickery – like your style! I might ask you nicely for the PR contact at somepoint, my boys are Mario obsessed -we have a house full of memorabilia! Have a lovely Xmas xx

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