GAMES - Review
15:00 - 14th March 2015, by Michael Dodson

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Based on the innovative bonus stages from 2013’s Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo’s latest release sees Mario’s pint-sized pal Toad navigate a selection of puzzle box style platforming levels, on a quest to rescue fellow adventurer Toadette from the talons of villainous Wingo.

Although levels are small, each one is exquisitely crafted to take advantage of Captain Toad’s limited move set. Unable to jump due to his heavy backpack, he must reach the power star in each course by climbing ladders, avoiding enemies and traversing numerous obstacles, most of which have been borrowed from 3D World but are used in clever new ways. Though reaching the goal is never particularly challenging, exploring every nook and cranny to hunt down the three hidden diamonds within each level certainly satisfies, and there are plenty of other optional challenges to take on as well.

As you would expect, the colourful visuals and cutesy sound effects exude charm, and controls, for the most part, work well. Only the camera movement, which is placed firmly in the hands of the player at all times, can occasionally be a bit fiddly.

Treasure Tracker may not keep you busy for long, but as a budget Wii U title, it offers a perfect complement to the usual winter blockbusters.

A delightful puzzle-platformer that offers a unique challenge every level.
SCORE: 4/5
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