Game Boy-Styled Title “Save Me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San” Heads to Switch

I’ve been writing about Christophe Galati’s Game Boy-styled game Tasukete Tako-San: Save me Mr Tako for almost three years now, and while the game hasn’t been released yet – it seemingly has a publisher now via Nicalis.

Coming from this, the company has announced a Nintendo Switch port for the game. A new release window is set for sometime in the fourth quarter of this year, via Switch and PC. The game’s name is seemingly changed up a bit too – it’s now known as Save Me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San.

Featured above, you can view a new trailer showcasing the game’s latest build.

Here’s a rundown on the game, via Nicalis:

A Blast From the Portable-Gaming Past!

In a world where humans and octopi are at war, Mr Tako is a persistently helpful little octopus who rescues a woman from drowning one stormy night. A fairy sees this act of bravery and grants him the ability to survive on land, where he can turn enemies into platforms by spitting ink at them. As he travels across the surface world, Mr Tako defies his family and his people to try to resolve conflicts between humans and octopi.

Mr Tako will solve puzzles, explore mysterious dungeons and fight tenacious bosses on his mission to end the war between the undersea octopus kingdom and the terrestrial human world. Will you help this brave octopus to spread his message of tolerance and teach both species to coexist in peace and unity?

Key Features:

  • Designed as a tribute to the original Game Boy— looks, sounds and plays like a long-lost cartridge for that beloved handheld game system
  • 6 worlds to explore
  • 50 different hats that Mr Tako can acquire and wear to gain special abilities
  • Extensive character dialogue with many unique and memorable NPCs
  • Side quests, puzzles, mini-games and 16 different dungeons to explore
  • Multiple player-selectable palettes to change the game’s color scheme

Tasukete Tako-San: Save me Mr Tako is set for a release sometime in Q4 of this year. If you’re really looking to get your hands on some old-school Game Boy-like action, there is an outdated demo for the game over on its IndieDB page for PC, Mac, and Linux.

Brandon Orselli


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