Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is such a charming puzzle platformer, that you almost forget how strange it is to play a game from this genre in which the characters can’t jump. Essentially, it’s 70+ stages, in each of which you are presented with Escher like floating dioramas which you must navigate, collecting items, sneaking past or tackling enemies, and using the gamepad to adjust the camera to ensure you’ve explored everything on offer from every angle.
The puzzles occasionally become very smart indeed, and I feel the only real annoyance whilst playing is that the camera control is tied to the gamepad’s gyro sensor, thus the camera can get a little crazy at the slightest of wrist movement. Overall the game is fun, gorgeous to look at, and the stages are different enough to keep things fresh and compelling.
|Gameplay.||9/10||Easy to learn, but very compelling in a “just one more level” way.|
|Graphics.||9/10||Classic Mario styling, in HD.|
|Sound.||7/10||Some great sound effects.|
|Music.||8/10||Simple but compliments the game.|
|Story.||7/10||Predictable, but fun.|
|Value for money||8/10||A lot in the box for a puzzle game.|
|Difficulty.||7/10||Occasionally very tricky.|
|Pick up & play.||9/10||Easy to learn, difficult to master 100% completion.|
|Variety.||7/10||Pleasantly surprised by the variety of stages on offer.|
|Art style.||8/10||If you’re a fan of Mario, this is for you.|
Total score: 79%