Casey Scheld ReviewsGame ReviewsNintendo Switch Reviews

Tadpole Treble Encore Review

Official Score

Overall - 85%

85%

Tadpole Treble Encore will be the most charming game you play this year. Despite its corny vocals, hardcore rhythm game fans will enjoy the sheer amount of replayability Baton’s grand adventure brings to the table.

User Rating: Be the first one !

A tadpole’s life is never easy, but BitFinity does the little girl a solid by adding some sheet music with their new title Tadpole Treble Encore. Dangers, lovers, and a helpful bullfrog named Etude await – should players set off on this musical adventure?

Tadpole Treble Encore Review

The idyllic paradise of Tadpole Pond is home to Baton, a little tadpole with a big heart. Things quickly go sideways when she gets eaten by a bird and carried away from her home. What follows is a journey through chiptune paradises, midnight bayous, and the infamous Thunder Creek as she finds her way home.

This simple tale gets the job done, but it’s the charming presentation that really seals the deal. Though this title is a short adventure, each level has a unique gimmick that makes it stand out. One level will have players traversing waters backwards, while another has players overcoming frigid temps in an attempt to keep their health up. It keeps things fresh throughout, and players will have an absolute blast as they wait to see what happens next.

Gameplay is fairly straightforward – avoid the bad stuff, hit the good stuff, and get a high score and letter grade in the process. Bubbles can be collected along the way and cashed in for prizes, Pure Water and bamboo rods increase your score, and cymbals can be smacked with your tail for multipliers. Players can also fill their Treble Meter to enter Treble Charge mode, which grants a period of near-invincibility.

The one button control scheme isn’t the deepest on the market today, but it doesn’t have to be. Rather, the development team polished what is here to a shiny sheen. Each stage has a deliberate path for a perfect run, but traversing it requires multiple playthroughs and a high level of dexterity. Replayability is high, and players can even achieve certain objectives to grab themselves Challenge Flies.

Of course, a music game lives and dies by its music. While the tunes of Tadpole Treble Encore aren’t the same as the insane BPM frenzies of Konami’s Bemani series, they do fit the game like a glove. Each tune harmoniously matches the landscape of each stage, and while some of the lyrics get to be a bit too corny, these earworms will get stuck in your head – for better or worse.

In addition to extras like a bestiary, music player, and scene selection, players can also play through the entire game with one life in its marathon Concerto mode after beating the core adventure. A number of medals can also be yours for finishing certain levels in style, including an especially unique medal for doing as poor a job as possible.

For the creative among us, players will be able to make their own stages in its Composition Mode. Much like Nintendo’s Mario Paint, players will be able to place notes, objects, and tools down, all while adjusting the position, tempo, and themes. There’s a surprising amount of depth present, and players will have a grand old time tweaking these layouts to their liking.

Tadpole Treble Encore will be the most charming game you play this year. Despite its corny vocals, hardcore rhythm game fans will enjoy the sheer amount of replayability Baton’s grand adventure brings to the table.

This review of Tadpole Treble Encore was done on the Nintendo Switch. A digital code was provided by the publisher.
Trapezium Development Studio says nuts to the driving sims of the world with Sparks - Episode One, a title described by the team as a “happy non-violent arcade racing game” (their words, not ours). The market’s already got plenty of casual racing titles in the form of the Forza Horizon and Mario Kart series - does this title have what it takes to stand out?
After a minor delay, EA DICE and Electronic Arts' Battlefield 2042 has hit the scene. Is the game worth checking out, or should you play a different shooter this holiday season? Check out our review and find out.
The love for alpacas is universal - anybody who says otherwise most likely lacks a soul. Sebastian Baracaldo, Michelle Ma, and Spookulele Games have paid tribute to this one-of-a-kind animal with their new 3D platformer Alpaca Stacka. Combining hide-and-seek gameplay with a storybook world, should players take the reins of this fuzzy fellow?
Keyboard warriors might not be able to enter the Olympics any time soon, but we can certainly give our fingers a workout with the release of NowakGames’ retro-style sports title World CHAMPIONS: Decathlon. With a number of events waiting to be tackled, should players hit the track (and field)?

Casey Scheld

Drawn to the underground side of gaming, Casey helps the lesser known heroes of video games. If you’ve never heard of it, he’s mastered it.
Back to top button