Save me Mr Tako, you’re my only hope!
Developer Christophe Galati welcomes you back to the wonderful world of Mr Tako for a new and improved experience. This grand adventure, which takes inspiration from the golden era of handheld gaming, was originally released in 2018 under the guise of Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San. The title was subsequently delisted from the eShop after Christophe parted ways with the original publisher in a move to continue working on his vision which has now come to fruition with this Definitive Edition.
Molluscs of the order Octopoda!
The story follows our titular hero and friendly neighbourhood octopus. It’s not our first experience with the cephalopod family on Nintendo Switch though, with titles like Squids Odyssey, Radio Squid and Squidlit, there are several titles to choose from featuring our favourite underwater creatures.
Save me Mr Tako is set during a time of conflict between land and sea, Tako is granted the power to survive on land by a kind fairy who observes him saving a woman from drowning. Being the good guy, he decides that “with great power comes great responsibility” and instantly sets off on a quest for peace. Of course, things aren’t that simple and he must overcome hurdles at every step.
The game is set over six different worlds containing over fifty levels to explore. The majority of gameplay is presented as a retro platformer, the controls feel solid and work perfectly for traversing Mr Tako around the screen. Attacks are handled slightly different here, for the most part. Ink can be launched at enemies paralysing them for a short period of time, this is one of the more unique mechanics in the game as once frozen they can be used as platforms to reach new areas.
Solve puzzles, defeat enemies and battle against evil bosses as he looks to pip Greta Thunberg to the post. Progression is rewarded by meeting a charming cast of NPCs that help guide and deliver the story while adding simple side quests to complete. Dungeon areas add a little variety to the gameplay, which is enjoyable throughout, but I did find myself getting lost on a couple of occasions. Power-ups come in the form of hats, and with fifty to collect, Mr Tako is sure to find a style for every occasion.
As alluded to in the opening, Save me Mr Tako: Definitive Edition takes inspiration from the golden era of handheld gaming. Visually the game looks like it was designed for the Game Boy and that makes it all the more fun and at home on the Nintendo Switch. You are able to swap out the colour palette by tapping the shoulder buttons which is a nice addition.
On top of this, a host of features and quality of life improvements have been implemented for the Definitive Edtion as a means to deliver the ultimate way to play Mr Tako. New difficulty modes have been added, extra lives and hearts, making the game more accessible than ever and a hints system for when you inevitably get stuck. But that’s not all, there’s even updated palette options, border images and more. All add to the value delivered for the price tag of $14.99/£11.69.
Save me Mr Tako was a great title that provided a window back to the Game Boy era of handheld gaming when it was originally released. This new Definitive Edition builds on that solid foundation and addresses some of the minor annoyances of the first release. While Mr Tako may not have mass appeal, retro gaming lovers should definitely look to add this to the collection.
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Release Date: 05/05/2021
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Action, Role-Playing
Developer: Christophe Galati
Publisher: Limited Run Games
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop