Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: Demo Review

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a relaxing puzzle game that was released on the Wii U, 3DS, and Switch.  The titular Captain Toad can explore various floating environments that you can view from various angles, with the goal of collecting three gems and a star, alongside one other optional task, like finding the golden mushroom or collecting a certain number of coins.

The demo took me roughly 15 minutes to complete and included two regular stages and a boss level where we must avoid a fire-spewing dragon.  Toad can’t run or jump, but he can pull switches and pluck things out of the ground, such as turnips that can be used to defeat enemies.  Along the way, secret passages can be found by changing the camera angle or by finding a hidden pickaxe that can break through certain walls.  The three gems (and bonus objective) all appeared optional, but the level isn’t officially complete until you collect the star at the end.

The only major complaint that I had was my confusion over moving certain platforms, which needed to be selected with the little blue dot floating on the screen.  I imagine this would normally be controlled by a second player, but alone, I had to manipulate the camera angle to get the blue dot to go where I needed, which was a bit awkward.

Captain Toad is a nice looking game that was perfectly fun, though rather slow-paced and a bit on the easy side.  The game costs $39.99, encompassing 80 levels, and can take 7-10 hours (though some people said the game takes much longer to complete 100%).  It may not be the kind of game I’m looking for at the moment, but I’m sure it could be a good option for anyone who’d like a nice relaxing puzzle game to help shed the day’s stresses.

Video from YouTube User: Virtual Bastion

2 Comments

  1. Ehrisaia says:

    He can’t run OR jump, Ducky?? Lmiao. Sounds…(awful)…. INTERESTING!!! Lol. 💜

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      I ended up getting the game for Christmas and have since worked through a small portion of it. It’s been fun, but I do wish Toad could move a bit faster. He’s such a slow little guy!

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