VGChartz's Evan Norris: "Save me Mr Tako! is not the simple retro experience it seems, despite pixel graphics and chiptune music. It's longer, deeper, and more narratively profound than the bite-sized portable titles that inspired it. Yet at the same time it's far less enjoyable. One-hit kills, extra life limits, infrequent checkpoints, and overlong, excessively-difficult dungeons make this tribute to the Game Boy more frustrating than fun."