In 2013's spectacular Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo introduced a series of short puzzle levels starring Captain Toad, a mushroom-man who made his debut in Super Mario Galaxy in 2007. While the main game focused on platforming and bouncing off of enemies, the Captain Toad stages featured a hero without any means to fight back and with a backpack so heavy he couldn't even jump. In each of these levels, players would collect a series of stars while navigating small, cubic stages. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes the concept behind these mini-stages and expands them into a bigger, prettier adventure with a few little frustrations.
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|Toad and the Rude Bird.|
|The real Captain Toad starts here.|
|Donkey Kong themed stage from Book 3.|
This game keeps track of your coins earned per stage, but in typical Nintendo fashion, features no online leaderboards with which to compare your scores with other players. This is something that would have added a nice competitive element to the game, even if it were only used in the minigame stages, where the entire point is coin collection.
|A better version of the battle from The Hobbit 2.|
|Spike from Mario 3 appears too.|
|Throwing vegetables at Piranha Plants. Sadly, Wart does not appear.|
Captain Toad is a cute game with great art and music that features some nice puzzles and a mostly relaxed atmosphere. It's not something I wanted to play for hours, but it's great for just chilling out for a little while at a time. It's not on the same level as Mario 3D World, but it's still a lot of fun and well worth your time if you're interested in small, exploration-based puzzle games. I've still got about a third of the game's bonus goals to finish, but I'm not in a huge rush to get to them.
|If you're tired, then go take a nap.|