Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Cute puzzle-filled adventure for kids and kids at heart.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Self-preservation against hazardous traps and puzzles.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not much known about Captain Toad or Toadette; they fight enemies and collect coins and stars as they solve puzzles.

Ease of Play

Easy controls, very short learning curve make it easy to pick up and play.

Violence & Scariness

Players can shoot turnips at enemies, who disappear in a puff of smoke.


Some levels based on Nintendo's iconic Mario games, as well as the newer Super Mario Odyssey.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a puzzle adventure game for the Nintendo Wii U and Switch. 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 throwing turnips at creatures who disappear in a puff of smoke when hit. Some levels are based on older Mario titles and could possibly raise interest in purchasing these games.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysethg January 7, 2015

Great Puzzles In A Fun Game For Most Ages

This is an easy to understand puzzle game with beautiful, charming graphics that will appeal to most children. Beating the game will be easy enough for even you... Continue reading
Adult Written byTailor May 25, 2020

One of the best games for 6 y/o so far

6 y/o started his switch with animal crossing and Mario kart. This along with the labo kits are definitely his favourites. Highly recommended for a 6 y/o. 80... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 16, 2018

Must have for fans of the puzzle genre playing on the switch.

While this game isn't as good as games like Super Mario Odyssey and Breath Of the Wild, It's a fun, good extra game. There isn't a reason to buy... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 7, 2015
Nice and adorable puzzle game suitable for kids age 5+.
Some brain racking challenges that really help children's 'thinking outside the box' skil... Continue reading

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. 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. Players can swing the camera around 360 degrees, which can offer a closer view of upcoming dangers and hidden items. The game fuses platforming elements, light combat (from third- and first-person views), collectibles, and lots of puzzle solving. The Nintendo Switch version includes four new Super Mario Odyssey-themed levels, as well as a sharable experience with the Joy-Con controllers, where one player controls Toad while the other handles the camera and tosses turnips at obstacles.

Is it any good?

This clever puzzle game will keep you playing for hours, and it's great to see a new character step out of Mario's considerable shadow with a fun adventure of his own. Even though Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is based around the outdated "damsel in distress" premise, that's not what you're buying this title for; instead, you're really investing in a significant number of brainteasing puzzles. As they work to retrieve the Power Star and rescue Toadette, gamers will encounter many worlds to navigate 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.

The Nintendo Switch version of the game vastly improves gameplay as well. It removes the need to blow through the microphone to move platforms or rely on a touchscreen in the Wii U version, instead giving tighter, more responsive controls thanks to the console's Joy-Con controllers. Families can help each other through this new control scheme, with one person controlling Toad and the other handling the camera -- this is perfect if a younger player gets stuck and needs help from an older sibling or parent. It's also nice to see four levels based off the wildly popular Super Mario Odyssey game get a puzzle makeover. The New Donk City level is especially fun to navigate through, with its town and skyscraper-themed stage. Although younger gamers might get frustrated trying to figure out all of the game's puzzles, 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?

  • Do you think that Toadette needs to be saved by Toad? Should she be able to save Toad at times? Why does this type of storyline persist in games, movies, and other media?

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For kids who love puzzles

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