Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a little surprize from Nintendo that no one expected or knew they wanted. It is a lot of fun with its adorable and puzzling charm. Captain Toad and his team embark on a star-gathering journey. Maybe they should replace Mario as the main stars of the show. 🙂
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You start out as Captain Toad following Toadette as the game introduces its simple controls and once you climb up to the star… a giant bird swoops in and takes both the star and Toadette away with it. And know it’s up to you to save her!
While the story isn’t that grand, like most Mario games, it has a unique styling of a storybook. There are a few cutscenes here and there as you progress through the levels.
The gameplay isn’t overly complicated at all and suits Toad very well. The Wii U Gamepad is fully utilized for once – something Nintendo needs to do more often.
You use the analog sticks to move around your character and the camera. You can’t jump, but that’s what makes the game more challenging and unique. There are a few power-ups like the Double Cherry and the Pickaxe to add to the puzzle.
The environments sometimes have you tapping the screen to activate platforms and other things. For example, one level has you use a cannon against Piranha Plants; you aim using the Wii U Gamepad. Occasionally, you’ll be able to even ride a minecart to travel in style.
The soundtrack is very catchy and similar to the Super Mario Galaxy series. I personally enjoy it a lot. It’ll definitely get stuck your head. It captures the musical quality that all Mario games are known for.
The game is actually quite addictive the more you play. The difficulty increases as you progress and the replayability to get all the gems is there as well. Many levels or pages to go through, including the bonus challenges that will pop up every now and again to see if you can beat your high scores. I highly recommend Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker to any Wii U owner, especially if you want a different experience.