A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players have to help a tadpole survive against lots of obstacles placed in its path.There's a focus on perseverance
Positive Role Models
The main character of the game is a tadpole who is swimming in order to survive. It's what tadpoles do.
Ease of Play
The game uses simple controls but can get tricky at times, especially when you're dodging obstacles.
Violence & Scariness
At one point early on, the tadpole seems to be eaten by a pelican, but it turns out that the bird is giving the tadpole a ride. Otherwise, colliding with obstacles can happen, but no blood or gore's shown.
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Products & Purchases
This is a remake of 2016's Tadpole Treble.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tadpole Treble Encore is a downloadable arcade game for the Nintendo Switch. A side-scrolling action game, this has players steering a tadpole to make sure he avoids such hazards as musical notes, hungry fish, and physical barriers, while simultaneously popping air bubbles. It has no blood, gore, or objectionable content. That said, younger gamers might freak out when a pelican seems to eat the tadpole... until they realize the bird was just giving him a ride.
Is It Any Good?
Though it may be too simple for some, this side-scrolling arcade game will delight both kids and their old school gamer parents. In Tadpole Treble Encore -- which is a remake of 2016's Tadpole Treble -- players have to help a tadpole survive the hazardous waters ahead. A side-scrolling arcade game, players steer the tadpole past such hazards as sharp black notes (which look like landmines), hungry fish, and bamboo poles, while also trying to pop some air bubbles along the way. The tadpole can also use his tail to smack larger bubbles and those aforementioned poles. Accompanying him on his journey is a pleasant musical soundtrack that, oddly, is triggered by the bad black notes? That's weird.
Where things get clever is when the tadpole has to share space with large wildlife that may not have a hankering for frogs' legs, but aren't particularly interested in keeping him alive either. In one early instance, a large fish swims ahead of the tadpole, blocking his view, making it harder for him to see where there's bad notes and good bubbles. And it just gets tougher from there. As clever as the stages may get, though, the basic gameplay doesn't change that radically, so some players may find it gets redundant after a while. That's even if they get really good as using the game's editor to make their own courses. But for people who aren't looking for a challenge that rivals what real tadpoles have to deal with in the wild, Tadpole Treble Encore can be as fun and relaxing as a nice swim upstream.
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