Captain Toad makes the soar to Switch – and whereas his adventures are nonetheless a captivating pleasure to play, that is as easy a port as Nintendo has supplied thus far.
While the Wii U had an undeniably shallow game library, it had some fairly nice video games going for it – and the most recent to make the soar to Switch is arguably the cutest title on the machine, the totally lovable Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. A Super Mario Bros. spin-off that stars the affable, cheery Toad off on adventures all of his personal, Captain Toad is for my cash principally the proper Switch handheld mode game – although those that skilled Captain Toad’s and Toadette’s adventures on Wii U will discover little new to entice them right here.
Each stage of Captain Toad sees the participant dropped right into a small puzzle-box like degree. You can rotate the digital camera throughout the extent, viewing it from all angles, with totally different layers of the extent seen like a cross-section. Toad isn’t an aggressive sort (although he can drag greens up from underground and toss them as in Super Mario Bros 2 / Doki Doki Panic), so it’s finally as much as you to navigate round enemies and obstacles to achieve an influence star. It’s that straightforward.
Captain Toad is cut up into a few totally different chapters with some very mild story components to tie all the pieces collectively. What’s most spectacular and memorable in regards to the game is the way it slowly layers in additional advanced game programs, educating you a few new factor you and Toad can do to govern the world earlier than testing your information and lateral considering to place that new talent to make use of in a puzzle.
As such these puzzle packing containers by no means actually get previous as you plough by way of them: new mechanics are consistently being launched, used till worn, then discarded in favor of one thing new. It’s a relaxed tempo for a mind teaser, and is ideal for a commute or only a little bit of enjoyable handheld play. There aren’t as many ranges as there ought to be, however every is brilliantly crafted, many providing up shocking little twists on the system proper as you’re getting used to the earlier one.
The phases are superbly designed little puzzle packing containers that start fairly merely however shortly turn into advanced, multi-faceted issues that’ll take a look at all the pieces from puzzle fixing to platform timing (although it ought to be famous that Toad can’t soar). As properly as the ability star principal goal Treasure Tracker earns its identify by providing up extra targets like Diamonds, Golden Mushrooms, cash and even little 8-Bit Toads that should be discovered to mark every stage as 100% full.
The size of the game is undoubtedly a difficulty as within the earlier launch, however every of thee ranges there’s features a respectable quantity to do, and on high of all which you could cut up management with a second participant for some irritating however enjoyable co-operative play. One participant controls the digital camera and the touch-sensitive components whereas the opposite controls Captain Toad himself – resulting in some communication challenges and ensuing hilarity with the suitable associate.
That previously-mentioned contact mechanic is among the few shortcomings of Captain Toad on Switch, since its on-screen substitute throughout docked play is poorly applied at greatest and a distraction at worst. Level components which are a breeze on a contact display screen are all of a sudden a little bit of a ache when docked, and high-pressure moments the place it’s important to do one thing shortly similar to flip a valve earlier than an enemy hits you’re truly more difficult when docked due to this. It’s lower than preferrred, leaving you wrestling with gyro capabilities to handle fundamental degree performance. It works, but it surely may and will’ve been higher than this.
This new ported launch solely options just a few new ranges set in areas from Super Mario Odyssey as vital new content material addition over the Wii U model, making this a particular skip for anyone who performed it on that platform. If you didn’t, nonetheless, it’s a beautiful little game that runs properly in its new residence – and even the down-ported 3DS model is a bit of miracle, working brilliantly on such an aged platform.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an extremely bare-bones port, however that doesn’t actually matter ultimately. We all understand it was initially launched on a naff platform subsequent to no one owned, and a game this enjoyable and charming deserves a second probability. The Switch and 3DS variations are nice ports, and appropriate for simply that.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is out for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS. Review copy supplied by Nintendo.