Captain Toad Treasure Tracker Switch

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a beautifully cute game that presents a lot of unique and nuanced puzzles that capture attention and present the player with a small diorama to solve. The game lets you move captain toad. He walks and cannot jump or even punch. As a video game character he is exceptionally lame. That is forgivable because we are able to use the environment around him to solve the level’s puzzles.

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a beautifully cute game that presents a lot of unique and nuanced puzzles that capture attention and present the player with a small diorama to solve. The game lets you move captain toad. He walks and cannot jump or even punch. As a video game character he is exceptionally lame. That is forgivable because we are able to use the environment around him to solve the level’s puzzles.

The objective is to get a gem. The way to the gem is hidden, and you have to pull levers, go up ladders, avoid shy guys and various other ways of manipulating the area around you to get there. It’s always obvious how you can manipulate the level, and the magic isn’t in figuring out what singular change you can make in your environment, but how the various changes you can make work together. 

There are a handful of levels where you are in a minecart. These are some of my favorites, as they add a new flavor to the games and change of pace to the game. They are much more fast paced and feel like a small version of Star Fox, just without the exciting laser or annoying pigs. Even these levels bring elements of puzzle solving to them, as to find the extra game involves throwing turnips at the right moment or behind hidden bricks. 

There are a few boss levels. They repeat throughout the game, and come in a handful of different types. I find these to be a little repetitive and wish there was more variety. They are a little stressful, but nothing major, and wouldn’t take more than a few times to complete. 

The pacing of this game is slow, and it makes it difficult for me to play for more than a few short spurts. While the puzzles are each distinct and cute in their own way, long gameplay sessions made the levels feel monotonous. It’s best in small chunks, but it is so good that it is hard to stop to actually play in this style. 

Captain Toad himself is delightful. He wears a cute little light on his head, and looks like he’s cosplaying as Indiana Jones. There are a bunch of small details that make such a beautiful gameplay experience. The character designs make it feel whimsical and magical. The little things to find make it feel kind of like Hogwarts, in that there is always something to discover for those looking. 

There are no other games like Captain Toad: Treasure tracker. Monument Valley on phones i shte closest, but it’s dramatically different tone, difficulty and length, make it feel nothing like Captain Toad.

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