Even with a couple of slightly less than positive reviews behind it, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker still looks set to start 2015 in the best possible fashion.
It was Giant Bomb and GamesRadar who werenâ€™t entirely sold on the Super Mario 3D World spin-off. â€œI consistently enjoyed my time with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, but I frequently questioned the value component of this packageâ€ said Giant Bomb, and that was despite the $40/Â£30 price tag. GamesRadar felt the same way: â€œWhat would be a budget eShop no-brainer is a little too slight at a higher priceâ€.
Plenty of other critics agreed that itâ€™s a little light on content. Curiously though, some reported that they found themselves returning to it once completed to track down collectables theyâ€™d missed, while other critics claimed that there’s no reason whatsoever to return.
Another common complaint was that it would have better suited to the 3DS. â€œNot only would the bite-sized levels work well on the handheld, but the cube chunk worlds would shine in 3Dâ€ said VideoGamer.
Hereâ€™s a full review round-up:
9.0 – GameTrailers: “Itâ€™s a rewarding game that constantly revs up the creativity and challenge to keep you addicted while also throwing in a decent amount of extras to bring you back for seconds”
9/10 – Shacknews: “It shows a purity of puzzle design that few studios can match, and it wraps it all in a sugary-sweet presentation that only the most jaded could refuse”
9/10 – Nintendo World Report: “If you manage to track down this game, youâ€™ll have a real treasure on your hands”
9/10 – Post Arcade: “But when youâ€™ve grown tired of walloping Kirby for the bajillionth time in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and have had your fill of zipping around Rainbow Road on Linkâ€™s bike in Mario Kart 8, remember that thereâ€™s a truly special puzzle platformer waiting to be played in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker”
4.5/5 – US Gamer: “Treasure Tracker may be relatively budget-priced, but it doesn’t feel like a cheap, throwaway creation”
85/100 – GamesBeat: “Iâ€™m not sure any other big, triple-A publisher would try making a game like this, but Iâ€™m very glad that Nintendo did”
8.5 – Polygon “For anybody else, Captain Toad’s weird little experiment would be an afterthought. But Nintendo’s exercise in digging has found something pretty special â€” an action puzzle game that succeeds on charm and smarts, rather than reflexes and spectacle”
8.25 – GameInformer: “Toad doesnâ€™t jump, he doesnâ€™t attack, and he doesnâ€™t make use of any power ups (aside from a short-lived pickaxe) and yet Nintendo extracts more entertainment from this characterâ€™s simple gameplay concepts than I thought possible”
8.2 – IGN: “Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is one of the smartest, most charming puzzle games of 2014”
8/10 – Digital Spy: “After the likes of Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros and Bayonetta 2, it ends a great year for Wii U owners in North America, and while European fans have to wait until January 2, consider this a terrific start to 2015”
8/10 – Nintendo Life: “Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a rare case of a game that feels truly designed â€” from the ground up â€” with the Wii U in mind”
8/10 – Destructoid: “There’s more Nintendo could have done with it, but it is a puzzler in its purest form, and that will be more than enough for people who wanted more of the titular hero after playing the bonus games in 3D World”
8/10 – EGM: “While Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker certainly succeeds brilliantly in most of its puzzle-platforming endeavors, it does feel slightly short in the end, and a fussy camera can sabotage sequences that require quick actions and quick decisions. Itâ€™s clear the concept has a ton of potential even after this, though, so letâ€™s hope this isnâ€™t a one-off adventure for our diminutive mushroom hero”
8/10 – God is a Geek: “Treasure Tracker does enough to justify its existence, offering up a short campaign that, once finished, offers scant reason to come back again unless youâ€™re in love with it. Itâ€™s a gorgeous game, as youâ€™d expect, and for the entire run-time itâ€™s fun, delivering that visual flair and level design that it seems only Nintendo are truly capable of providing”
4/5 – Joystiq: “I’d initially judged Treasure Tracker as a pleasant but temporary distraction, but I continued playing even after I’d completed every level, and I’m still working on rounding up the collectibles I missed the first time around. Treasure Tracker may be small in stature, but it’s packed with depth and detail”
7/10 – VideoGamer: “Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is exactly what it needed to be: a simple, fun and engaging experience that maintains its base competencies throughout. Itâ€™s a one-trick pony, but itâ€™s a neat gimmick and one that didnâ€™t get old in my time with the game”
3/5 GamesRadar: “While it’s good to see Nintendo stepping out of its Mario comfort zone, Captain Toad just isn’t versatile enough to compete in the big leagues. What would be a budget eShop no-brainer is a little too slight at a higher price”
3/5 – Giant Bomb: “I consistently enjoyed my time with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, but I frequently questioned the value component of this package. At $40, the offering does feel a bit slim”
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is due out 2nd January in Europe.