Captain Toad Treasure Tracker: Review

Written by: Karen Benitez

Games | Jul 19, 2018

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker Nintendo Switch

Nintendo is keeping us busy by porting multiple Wii U games into the Switch. It's a clever stalling tactic while we look forward to bigger titles out there such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Metroid Prime 4. It's also a fine way to salvage profits from the poor sales performance of the Wii U.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is the latest of the running list of ports and it is a delight to have on the Switch.

When I first played Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on my friend's Wii U, I felt that this could had been a perfect mobile game. Each level consists of bite-sized puzzles where you navigate Toad to the goal point. Optional objectives are scattered in each level that adds extra challenge and fun. What is frustrating about it is the limitations of a home console. 

Now with the Switch, those frustrations are suddenly gone. You can pack your Switch and head on over to wherever you want to go and play this Captain Toad five to ten minutes every now and then. There are plenty of levels to play, all polished from the Wii U, plus additional Super Mario Odyssey themed levels as exclusive for the port.

You still can't jump and perform advanced tricks that many are accustomed to the main Super Mario Bros. lineup, as Toad's abilities are limited to a minimalist design. It's these basic controls that adds an air of sophistication when solving each puzzle and digging through its secrets. 

Also with the Switch version comes a hide-and-seek mini game, where an 8-bit toad will hide in each level. It's a simple gimmick that encourages revisiting previous puzzles and an illusion for game play length. It's not a great inclusion, if you ask me, but it's not unwelcome.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker won't be named among the top games of the Nintendo Switch. But it is a great game with a touch of charm that can keep you busy.

About the author: Karen Benitez

Skater, musician, carpenter, gamer. Karen is interested in culture, science fiction, and Cthulhu. She participated in MMA bouts, got her ass kicked many times, and ended up with broken bones. Life is good.

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