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  • Summary: The intrepid Captain Toad sets off on his own adventure for the very first time through a wide variety of tricky, enemy-infested, maze-like stages to find hidden gems and nab elusive gold stars.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. Aug 10, 2018
    91
    Overall, Treasure Tracker is a real gem of a game. It’s also beautiful; I was stunned by it on Wii U, but the visuals have only gotten better on Switch. It’s bright, cheery, and wildly creative from an aesthetic standpoint. Each stage is like a diorama, making the game feel like the player is interacting with toys, rather than lines of code. The soundtrack isn’t especially varied, likely because most stages don’t require a lot of time to beat, but I’d have appreciated a few more tracks to spice things up.
  2. Jul 11, 2018
    90
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an absolute joy to behold, from its cute visual styling and delicious soundtrack and audio utterances from the main characters, to the expertly crafted self-contained stages, jam-packed with smart puzzles to solve and a plethora of goodies to uncover. This was one of those Wii U gems that thoroughly deserved another shot at the limelight, and with its excellent new additions now, it is indeed time to shine bright.
  3. 85
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker highlights one of the best secondary characters in the Super Mario universe, and gives him a stellar adventure. Fans of the Wii U version should pick it up for the portable experience and extra levels while those who didn’t play the game in 2014 will find a lot to love. It’s another fantastic addition to the continually growing Switch library, and I can’t wait to see what Nintendo does with Captain Toad in the future.
  4. 80
    Another great Wii U game that is made better by the Nintendo Switch's portability. It's a fun experience that doesn't overstay its welcome, but definitely does feel repetitive in certain areas.
  5. Jul 19, 2018
    80
    Everything about Captain Toad is overwhelmingly charming.
  6. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker remains an excellent game that feels perfectly at home on the Switch. The short-burst gameplay of the diorama-puzzle levels suits the portable nature of the system to a tee. It still looks, sounds and plays as well as it did on the Wii-U, so if it didn’t hold your attention then, the lackluster additional features aren’t likely to change your feelings now. If you’re a Switch owner looking for a joyous, simple, unique puzzle game, then Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is worth some permanent space on your memory card.
  7. Jul 11, 2018
    60
    There is a charmingly competent puzzler here, yet it’s hard to recommend without an abundance of caveats. If you’ve yet to play the Captain Toad and solving cute and charming puzzles, it could be worth a shot if it drops in price, even though the asking price is lower than most to begin with. If possible, and if you own a Wii U, you would be better off dusting that system down and playing it on there.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jul 14, 2018
    10
    Cute little game, perfectly made for handheld. Controls are good, no slowdowns. Technically solid. Imho it has much charm and very highCute little game, perfectly made for handheld. Controls are good, no slowdowns. Technically solid. Imho it has much charm and very high quality. What i dont get is why people think this would be different game, just because its on Switch now...and downrate it on that. So i ask: did you cry when an old movie was redone/changed just for a new medium? I guess not...
    Since im playing 1p and on handheld, this is my rating for excatly that.
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  2. Jul 17, 2018
    10
    This is a perfect little game.

    Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a unique puzzle-box platformer that does everything right for the kind of
    This is a perfect little game.

    Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a unique puzzle-box platformer that does everything right for the kind of game it is. Because it's tightly designed around it's core puzzle-platforming mechanics, it's clear that everything is placed and positioned with utmost intention by the developers. There are no accidents, only fully realized ideas. On top of that the visuals are appealing, the music is catchy, and the story is adorable. I can't really think of anything that would knock off a point, this is the kind of game you can do perfectly with the right amount of polish and expertise behind the wheel.

    That being said, if you're looking for anything but a simple slow-paced puzzle platformer, you won't find it. The game doesn't aspire to do anything outside of its core appeal, so I recognize it's not going to be for everyone. If I had to compare it to another game, it actually makes me think of Donkey Kong '94 for the Game Boy. It was a pseudo remake of the Donkey Kong Arcade game that then led into some 90 odd puzzle rooms where Mario had to grab a key and get it over to a locked door to progress. It holds up surprisingly well and the mentality of 'what can we do with these basic mechanics' carries over to Captain Toad. Because it is sticking to such a simple premise, you can really see how much work goes on behind the scenes to make simplicity satisfying. Introduction of new mechanics occurs naturally and intuitively. Difficulty is well managed and reflects the stakes of each level. No part of the buffalo is wasted with this game, it's just perfect.

    I'm really happy this game got made and I'm really happy it made its way now to 3 consoles. It's not worth buying it again if you already own it (that should be obvious, but apparently not) but I'm just glad that it's being offered the chance to reach a wider player base. It's a humble game, but it works hard to deliver on it's humble offering. Here's hoping for a sequel.
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  3. Jul 14, 2018
    9
    I'd originally played this on Wii U. The levels are fun to play through, and there is a great variety of stages to work through, so it was anI'd originally played this on Wii U. The levels are fun to play through, and there is a great variety of stages to work through, so it was an easy enough decision to get this again. No one is forcing a person to re-buy a port so I don't really see why some people get so upset when they do so.

    Perhaps a 3rd book would have been a welcome addition to add into this port but there is enough variety and number of stages that lack of new content shouldn't be much of a deal breaker, perhaps we can hold out hope that they will offer DLC in form of a 3rd book or make a sequel in future, for now we can enjoy the Mario Odyssey themed level additions. its about 40% less than the cost of most other titles on Switch. This game was never offered as a full priced title even back when it was on Wii U and for the cost of the game I'd say you get a decent amount of content included for what you are spending on the game.

    I'd recommend playing this game either with a pro-controller or handheld, since controlling the camera with the second joy-con can be awkward given its placement, and the amount of camera adjusting you'll do in this game. Using the gyroscope sensor to manipulate the puzzle aspects of each level was an easy enough work around since we no longer have a touch pad in docked mode.
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  4. Jul 25, 2018
    8
    The adventurous Captain Toad still manages to keep its charm and excitement from the Wii U version with upgrades that makes this versionThe adventurous Captain Toad still manages to keep its charm and excitement from the Wii U version with upgrades that makes this version unique compared to the others. Expand
  5. Jul 15, 2018
    8
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a really charming, cute, and unique game. Seeing every new level is a delight. The only problem is theCaptain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a really charming, cute, and unique game. Seeing every new level is a delight. The only problem is the game gets super repetitive fast. Best played in small doses. Expand
  6. Aug 8, 2018
    8
    Mario games have this way of legitimately making me smile. And by smile, I don’t mean a metaphorical smile, like his games simply make meMario games have this way of legitimately making me smile. And by smile, I don’t mean a metaphorical smile, like his games simply make me happy, I mean I actually find myself grinning like an idiot. Though I’m mainly referring to the main line Mario games like Odyssey and Galaxy, and most of the Paper Mario games. Their wholesomeness and charm never fail to make me feel like a child again.

    Captain Toad is the first sideline Mario game to produce that same, childlike happy feeling in me. It’s infinitely satisfying to guide the adorable little pairing of Toad and Toadette through a series of perils to get to each and every star, and that happy dance they make when you do always have me a warm little happy feeling.

    This game has great puzzle design, and I had tremendous fun discovering each and every new level, but I gave this an 8 because there isn't much replay value, the controls are awkward on the levels where you're running across platforms instead of solving puzzles, sometimes the camera feels awkward, and the narrative doesn't really give you anything. To extrapolate on that last point, I know Mario narratives are traditionally simple: Bowser kidnaps princess to marry her because Bowser wants to be king, or whatever reasons Nintendo happens to give him for that game, but at least there's usually just enough there to explain why you're running through the stages and collecting stuff, but Captain Toad doesn't even give you the bare minimum. There's a bird, the bird kidnaps Toadette and steals a star for reasons, and there are other stars, and you're collecting stars because you're a Treasure Tracker I guess judging by the title of the game, and you collect them arbitrarily on your way to save Toadette from the bird (spoiler?: and this reapeats itself in the second episode, where the bird kidnaps Toad, and you play as Toadette traveling to save Toad, and then there's a third episode where you alternate between Toad and Toadette trying to find each other after getting separated again). I mean, in previous games you're usually collecting stars to power something that will get you somewhere or allow you to go somewhere, and it's never the important part of the game, but it does at least motivate the action of the game and give you a reason to be exploring the brilliantly designed levels. This time around, you're just doing it for the sake of doing it. And that's not bad at all. I still had tremendous fun with this game. But I still do wish there was just a little more there.

    Anyways, I loved Treasure Tracker, it's adorable, infinitely charming, and smartly designed.
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  7. Jul 13, 2018
    2
    AT least Nintendo had the common sense to not charge full price for this game. 2 years of premium prices and recycled content... that's whatAT least Nintendo had the common sense to not charge full price for this game. 2 years of premium prices and recycled content... that's what you got. If you already played TT there is "absolutely" no reason to play this game, and once again Nintendo does nothing to honor the million plus that already bought it. They are getting a copy and paste title. Expand

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