Review: Caption Toad: Treasure Tracker
If you are a fan of Toad then you will be happy as he is now the star in his own game, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. A wonderful side-game in the excellent Super Mario 3D World, wsee our little friend dealing with puzzles, bosses and obstacles but how will he manage in his own title without his famous friends?
The overall objective of the game is very simple, you guide your character, in this case Caption Toad or Toadette, through a series of small stages riddled with enemies such as Flaptor, Piranha Sprout, Stumper and many more. It’s not as simple as throwing yourself around the course however. You have to put thought into tactics and stealth that doesn’t go without reward. The main goal is to find the star in each course which is exactly the same as the main Mario series but there is optional extras like a trio of gems and unique bonuses. Finding all of these secrets will be tough but very enjoyable.
Treasure Tracker has a smart yet simple method of interaction with 360 degree views controlled but the right stick and the GamePad’s gyroscope. This is a great feature but can distract a lot from the main game as it leaves a lot to control while working on the puzzles at hand. The characters do have their own pace to work with but that is in no way a flaw, giving you more time to explore your environment and make sure you pick up all the hidden treasures.
There’s a great variety of levels too. From the fire breathing dragon seen in screenshots leading up to the game to many levels inspired by Super Mario 3D World, there’s never a dud level and some unique spins on the gameplay too. For example one is played in 1st person perspective and there’s another that’s a ’70s style, rhythm based platform course filled with new abilities and twists to keep you on your toes with some platforms simply disappearing on certain beats of the tune.
There’s also mini-quests/tasks to tick off such as coins and power ups to collect and all courses have unique bonus tasks such as taking no damage or defeating certain enemies etc. Complete these tasks and you will be well rewarded.
As you’d expect from a 1st party Nintendo game, Captain Toad is a looker. Lighting, animation and art style look fantastic at 1080p and never fails to raise a smile. Characters also express themselves very well with their own personalities shining through. There are a few niggles though.
It’s annoying when there is an important message that it will just appear on the screen which is quite distracting when you are in the midst of a battle. Plus there is no progress or stats that are displayed on screen, you have to troll through pages and pages of options to find out where you stand. When running through a course I like to see my objective an know how I’m doing.
Length is also a problem. Even young children let along seasoned gamers won’t have a problem getting through this game in a few hours. Sure there are the bonus objectives to mop up but many gamers may questions the £30 asking price.
To sum up
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a fun, platform based game that is great for house parties or just to challenge yourself. It takes the idea of a fun, cheerful puzzle games and runs with it. With time to explore and great levels that make you want to explore you are bound to enjoy yourself. With the exceptions on a few flaws it’s a the epitome of gaming whilst it lasts.
Version reviewed: Wii U
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is out now on Wii U