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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a puzzle adventure game. It features simple controls and a very easy learning curve for players of all ages. There's no inappropriate content, although it has some light violence, such as shooting turnips out of a cannon at creatures. Some levels are based on older Mario titles and could raise interest in purchasing these games. Some parents may take issue with the idea of Toad having to save Toadette at times, which is an old damsel-in-distress plot mechanic.
What's it about?
In CAPTAIN TOAD: TREASURE TRACKER, you must navigate trap and enemy-filled worlds to collect items (coins and other gems, gold stars and power-ups), take on enemies who stand in your way, and figure out a way to solve each maze-like level. A slower-paced adventure, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is controlled using the Wii U Gamepad, which also offers a closer view of the dangers and hidden items. The game fuses platforming elements, light combat (from third- and first-person views), collectibles, and lots of puzzle solving. The story follows Captain Toad and Toadette, who are out treasure hunting. When they climb to get a Power Star, it's nabbed by a giant Wingo bird, who also grabs Toadette. Your job is to find Toadette and retrieve the Power Star.
Is it any good?
Although it might not have the same amount of hype as a game starring Mario, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a fun and challenging game. The "damsel in distress" premise is lame and outdated, but it's not the story you're buying this title for. As you work to retrieve the Power Star and rescue Toadette, gamers will encounter many worlds to navigate and in which to collect precious items, combat enemies and bosses, and figure out how to bypass environmental obstacles. For example, you might need to pull a switch or step on a plate in a given order, which will extend a platform to walk to the end of the level. You have limited mobility -- you can't run or even jump -- but by studying the task at hand along with some trial and error, you'll figure out what's necessary. Puzzles, levels, and extra challenges are varied and rewarding.
Although younger gamers might get a bit frustrated with the growing complexity of some of the problems, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a charming puzzle-platformer hybrid for the whole family to enjoy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the impact of violence in games. Do you think the violence in this game is any worse than cartoons found on TV? Could Toad avoid committing violence during his adventures, or is it completely unavoidable?
Talk about the damsel-in-distress story line. Do you think that Toadette needs to be saved by Toad? Should she be able to save Toad at times? Why does this story line persist in games, movies, and other media?
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