Title: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Console: Wii U
Release Date: November 13, 2014
How we got the game: I bought itCaptain Toad is an easy game to maneuver around. You go from one puzzle to the other through the pages of a book being able to go through one puzzle at a some. Sometimes, two or three puzzles would pop up, but you’d still have to beat all the puzzles in front of you in order to unlock the next one.
Some puzzles were locked through the diamonds that you collect throughout the puzzles. Each stage has three diamonds that you should collect. If you don’t, you’ll have to go back when you don’t have enough to unlock the puzzle in front of you.
Every once in a while, a gold card would appear that allows you to play a coin mini-game giving you a chance to collect an abundance of extra lives with each 100 coins you collect. Sometimes a blue card would appear and you’d be thrown into a maze with a mummy Toad chasing you. You just have to survive as long as you can collecting coins and extra lives along the way. I never got that far because I would start panicking.
The game was simple to control, as this is but a simple game. Toad and Toadette can’t jump, so you must rely on the camera angles to show you where to go next and to figure out how to get from one ledge to the next. If you want to kill an enemy, you have to either pick up a turnip from the ground and chuck it at them or drop down from a ledge above and squish them.
Each level has an abundance of coins, three diamonds, and a certain task to complete that you don’t know about until after you’ve gone through the level once. Sometimes it’s to find the hidden gold mushroom, other times it’s to kill all the enemies (or not kill any enemies at all), not take any damage, etc. If you collect all these things, you’ll “100%” the level.
Being on the Wii U, the graphics for this game are pretty top-notch. Most stages are vivid and shiny while some others are dark being a ghost house or just set in the night. Everything looks real from collecting coins or showing the rain drops hit the screen looking like a window. The depth-perception of this game is crazy. Sometimes it was on my side, sometimes it was not.
As for the music, it was enjoyable and catchy. I often found myself humming along. However, I didn’t feel as though there was a wide range of music. There are a lot of levels and they’re pretty short, so the music doesn’t last too long. There were some stages that I think they recycled the same song. Which is fine, but I’ll admit I wanted more.
The puzzles are broken up into three sections, three books. I like to think the books are Toad’s and Toadette’s journals of their adventures, though I don’t particularly know if that’s canon or not.
Each puzzle is a new page of the book, the first book you play as Toad trying to find Toadette as she and a star are snatched up by the main antagonist of the game, Wingo. In the second book, you play as Toadette trying to find Toad as he was taken by Wingo. It’s the same story, but from a different point of view with different puzzles. In the third book, you alternate every few puzzles playing as both Toad and Toadette as they try to find each other. In the end, you play as Toad in order to defeat Wingo for the third and final time.
The ending was my favorite. After the credits roll, a special ending sequence appears tying the game to Super Mario Bros. 3D World. Bonus puzzles appear and I haven’t played them yet, but I assume they’re more puzzles based off of the Super Mario Bros. 3D World game.
This game is short and sweet. I beat the first book of puzzles within two hours and I’ll admit I was disappointed when the credits started rolling. I thought that was it. When the second book appeared, and then the third, plus the bonus, I felt a little better. But I still want more.
Even if you 100% the level, finding all the diamonds and secrets of each puzzle, there’s not much else to do. However, I would still come back and play every once in a while. It’s a simple, relaxing, game.
Plus, it’s utterly adorable and just makes you feel good.
Have you played this game? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!