Captain Toad Treasure Tracker has a puzzle platform design that poses plenty of challenges and fun for players that are familiar with the Super Mario franchise. The main character in this game is Toad, a classic character that has accompanied Mario in many other games. In Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, Toad goes on various adventures and encounters familiar obstacles and enemies such as Pirahna Plants, Shy Guys, Boo Ghosts and Gumbas. Toad collects gold coins and other tokens that are common in Super Mario games. In each level, a star must be collected in order to advance. Toad can also perform various maneuvers such as high jumps and kicks. The camera may be manipulated to allow players a full view of a small world platform in order to spot enemies, obstacles, coins and other important features that aren't immediately seen.