In July the attention of many Nintendo Switch owners focused on Octopath Traveler, a role-playing game in the spirit of old-school classic jrpgs. One day her came another Nintendo exclusive, which is a reissue of one of the best releases for the Wii U. Talking about Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a puzzle able to fall in love a player of any age. And all thanks to the excellent design and a large number of different levels.
Almost always, toad was a minor character in Mario games, playing the role of his assistant. In Captain Toad, he finally in the main role: if a moustached plumber rescues Princess Peach, the toad goes in search of Toadette that at the beginning of the passage is kidnapped by a huge crow. The game is divided into three episodes of the same length, and in each of them either toad or Toadetta are in danger forcing the partner to overcome many obstacles on the way to his salvation.
Where only these guys will not bring: in the jungle, and the ruins on the beach, and on a moving train to ride. Each new level is not like the previous one-somewhere everything is peaceful and quiet, somewhere out of nowhere ghosts appear, and somewhere flowers with teeth grow or guns are placed. The surprises, the game presents non-stop: always interested to see what awaits you next time. Treasure Tracker fully justifies this expectation with a variety of unique locations.
The main task is always the same-to get to the big star. Often it is very easy to do, and just want to go through the game as quickly as possible is unlikely to face some difficulties. Harder to clean up the entire location: find the three hidden diamond collect all possible coins (some of which are not visible until you come to them) eliminate all enemies, if you find a way to do it. Fight neither toad nor Toadette can’t, but they know how to throw the enemies items and kill them falling on top of them.
In search of secrets and explore every corner of the map can not cease to be surprised by the great design of the game and the ingenuity of developers. Many puzzles require the player to turn the camera to be able to see the hidden passages, hidden bushes and barely noticeable hiding places with coins. Conditions are constantly changing: the buttons are placed everywhere raising or lowering the platform these same platforms can be moved by pressing the touch screen
After completing a level, a new line appears in its description — a special condition that is not required. But still, over and over again there is a desire to do everything possible in the game, including to complete these tests, which cause genuine interest. You spent ten minutes on the passage of the location with the buttons, all collected and examined, and now you are asked to complete the level with only three clicks. It turns out that it is possible! Or you need to collect 150 coins although you seem to have turned everything upside down and found only 90.
Sometimes it is impossible to complete the test or collect collectibles — the hero falls from the platform or the bridge is destroyed behind him, because of what there is no way back. At such moments, you want to pause and restart the level, but since the release of the Wii U this option has not been added. You have to either go to the main menu, or die, and the second option would not be a problem if in case of death did not spend “life”. Make them not so hard (they are issued for every hundred accumulated coins) but it is not a panacea.
Another drawback is the co — op mode-it will quickly become boring for the second player. While you control Toad and explore the map your friend can turn the camera and throw fruit, aiming at the desired location. This greatly simplifies some of the tests-if alone to kill enemies can only be with the help of plants that you pull with the roots of the earth (they are usually very few) it is enough to throw all the fruit, and the end. That is the puzzles become easier, and there is no co-op really but because even young children will probably yawn after several levels.
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It is difficult to find fault with other components of Treasure Tracker. In total, there are about 70 levels, the passage of each of which will take from 10 to 15 minutes taking into account restarts, search for items and other activities. After another victory immediately run the next Chapter-so hard to break away from the passage. By and large, in addition to finding the main star is enough to collect diamonds, as a certain number of the game periodically asks for access to the next chapters. But even without prize achievements and some other bonuses happy to study every secret passage and looking for ways to deal with opponents.
Another entertainment in the game is called “hide and Seek” – this mode is available for all levels and is unlocked after passing them. It does not change anything, but some wall or object shows a pixel toad. You find it, press it with your finger and get a useless medal. Sometimes it is very difficult to find the picture — it can be hidden in a dark corridor or under a stone which you will destroy, having directed there a gun. The mode is pretty stupid but it will be a good reason to go through your favorite chapters, if all the usual secrets you have already found there.
And you don’t have to do it right away. If many other games are very difficult to return after a while, when already forgotten management plot and all sorts of subtleties, the Treasure Tracker all instantly remember when you start a new level. Assists in the variety of tasks — in some episodes, instead of one of Toad have to drive two and stand on different buttons to activate platforms, and in the other you do not move on foot and ornate pipes, trying not to touch monsters which cannot be erased.
Therefore in a portable format Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is especially convenient — you can take Switch or 3DS and from time to time to solve a great riddle. It is difficult to call the game one of the main releases for Switch: run for it in the store for the console just should not. And the price is high especially when you consider that this is a reissue of the project four years ago. But to get acquainted with this puzzle is definitely worth it — during the passage it will not get bored and will constantly delight original ideas and unusual tests.