Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo Switch)

Explore a variety of tricky sandbox-style levels inspired by Japanese box gardens called Hakoniwa in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for Nintendo Switch.

Pros:

  • Cutesy crisp HD graphics.
  • 1.4GB Download size.
  • Action puzzler platform gameplay.
  • Opening tutorial.
  • Amiibo support- Toad gives an invincibility star whilst others give you one or two extra lives. I managed to scan my collection in just fine with no limits.
  • Touchscreen support.
  • Camera settings- Invert axis, Tilt to look around.
  • Easy to learn controls.
  • Right stick can be used to rotate the level or the touchscreen.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Collectibles aplenty. Each level has 3 gems to find then have a bonus extra item to find which varies from level to level.
  • Stamps- Show up on the level selection screen. One means you finished it with all collectibles then the second one is that you did the bonus mini-game.
  • Levels show the date you played it, Collectibles collected and best coin run.
  • Pixel Toad- Bonus mini-game where you replay a completed level and must find Pixel toad and tap/click on him to complete it. Nice little addition.
  • Level selection is presented as a book.
  • Classic catchy Nintendo soundtrack.
  • Supports two players local co-op with Joycon sharing.
  • Approachable and easy to learn.
  • Satisfying game.
  • Clever and varied level design.
  • Touchscreen/click button interactions within levels like platforms.
  • Supports Pro controller.
  • Pick up plants for coins.mushrooms/items. Nice nod to Super Mario Bros 2.
  • Colorful locations.
  • New levels not seen in the Wii U version as levels from Super Mario Odyssey make an appearance and look amazing.
  • Great time waster.
  • Suits the switch well especially in handheld mode.
  • Boss battles.
  • Co-op play- One plays as Toad as usual whilst the other one can tap/click enemies to stun them or move them, fire turrets and more.
  • Levels just look so cutesy and minimal but give such an in-depth challenge.
  • You can see yourself through walls.
  • Many ways to finish a level.
  • Some levels have special requirements in order to get 100% completion.

Cons:

  • No level restart option.
  • The slight learning curve as you take everything in.
  • Camera angles are not always great.
  • Hide and seek mini game Pixel Toad feels a bit needless.
  • No timer in game.
  • Toad cannot jump, This bugs me.
  • The tutorial has no icons or prompts.
  • Multiplayer is fine when playing with kids but lacks any real engagement for a couple of gamers.
  • Annoying target system that shows itself when playing with the controller. It stays on screen all the time and is a real eyesore.
  • Once you have done all the levels there is little desire to go back.

 

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Never got to play the game first time around so this was all new to me. I found the game to be full of charm and so fun to play, Coming across as a nice relaxing puzzle game early on, I fell in love with the visuals and soundtrack. The game increases in difficulty and this is ok as it feels well paced and still keeps you engaged. The multiplayer however just didn’t float my boat. It was boring for the second player and in many cases a hindrance to the first player. That aside I have concluded that the game is excellent fun, Cute and full of entertainment and really works well on the Nintendo Switch.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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