"Ready for adventure!"
Taking the Captain Toad levels from Super Mario 3D World
to their logical extreme, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
is a Puzzle Game
spinoff of the Super Mario Bros.
series that puts you in the shoes of the Captain of the Toad Brigade, making this the first game where (a) Toad was the primary player character since Wario's Woods
. The goal of each level is to get the star at the end while collecting treasure along the way.
Sounds easy, right? Well, there's the tiny fact that some of the levels can get rather complicated. You see, unlike Mario, Captain Toad can't jump. There's also the fact that the usual mooks from the Mario franchise aren't just going to let you make off with their coins, gems, and stars. As such, players will have to use their wits to navigate Captain Toad through breezy plains, haunted mansions, enemy filled trains, and dragon infested volcanoes in his quest for treasure, while making sure to grab as many valuable gems along the way.
This game contains the following tropes:
- A Day in the Limelight: The game centers around Captain Toad, a recurring NPC in recent Mario games. Not since Wario's Woods (1994) did the Toad character manage to get a game for himself.
- Action Survivor: The titular Toad himself. Without the occasional (and rather rare) power-up, Captain Toad is almost completely defenseless against enemies that normally wouldn't pose any problem for the likes of the Mario Bros., Peach, or even Mii characters. Even a basic Goomba is a serious threat to him.
- Adaptational Badass: Though Captain Toad is still quite a ways behind the usual Mushroom Kingdom heroes, compared to his debut in Super Mario Galaxy where he was regarded by his crew as a General Failure, in here he manages to sneak way past and occasionally take out many hordes of enemies while making off with their loot, as well as (if somewhat unintentionally) taking out a giant lava dragon without even being able to perform the most basic Mario action of jumping.
- Badass Adorable: Captain Toad can defeat a dragon without jumping.
- Big Boo's Haunt: These types of levels appear in the game, complete with Big Boos one must figure out how to sneak past.
- Edible Bludgeon: The turnips from Super Mario Bros. 2 make a reappearance as one of the very few means Captain Toad can attack enemies.
- Genre Throwback: To the more puzzle-heavy Mario games of the pre-Super Mario Bros. 1 era such as Donkey Kong and Wrecking Crew. As in those games, the player cannot kill enemies except with special items or under special circumstances, so the best option most of the time is to dodge enemies while trekking toward the goal.
- Holler Button: Pressing the jump button essentially acts like this; it causes Toad to shout as he attempts to hop.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: One appears as a boss in this game.
- Kid Hero: Captain Toad, of course.
- Minecart Madness: One level is a Rail Shooter as Toad throws turnips at his foes.
- Mythology Gag:
- The turnips from Super Mario Bros. 2 make a reappearance as one of the very few means Captain Toad can attack enemies.
- Shy Guys return as enemies.
- Powerful Pick: One of the few power-ups in the game Captain Toad can use to beat enemies with, in a similar vein to the hammer from Donkey Kong or Super Smash Bros..
- Puzzle Game: Hope you can get through a ''Mario'' game without jumping!
- Rail Shooter: One of the minecart levels.
- Reconstruction: Of the threat of standard Mario enemies. When you can't jump high enough to crush them, suddenly enemies that can kill you in two hits become a much bigger threat. Maybe that's why they're so good at conquering the Mushroom Kingdom over and over.
- Spiritual Successor: A full game based on the Captain Toad levels in Super Mario 3D World.
- Stealth-Based Mission: The train level populated by a lot of enemies. Being unable to attack, Captain Toad spends most of the level sneaking past them.
- Took a Level in Badass: Captain Toad can not only defeat a giant lava dragon but later ride on it, as well as having a number of ways to take down regular enemies granted the proper circumstances, such as with turnips and a pickaxe. It's not enough to elevate him to the level of most Mario characters, to whom the same situations would be infinitely easier thanks to their jumping abilities alone, but it's a step up from the Captain Toad who was afraid of the shadow of a wooden cutout of Bowser.
- Of course, he's still shaking in his boots at the prospect of entering a haunted house - but in the Mario franchise, who hasn't?
- Unexpected Character: People weren't expecting a Toad to star in a Mario spin-off, much less Captain Toad.
- Weak, but Skilled: Toad manages to sneak way past and occasionally take out many hordes of enemies while making off with their loot, as well as taking out a giant lava dragon without being able to jump.