Shrek The Third review

  • Goofy moments will produce laughs
  • The difficulty won't frustrate young 'uns
  • Shrek sounds like Shrek
  • Mindless combat
  • Narcolepsy-inspired level design
  • Mostly grating "humor"

How far can you stretch the excuse that a game is designed for children? At a rating of E10+, Shrek The Third is just too simplistic. If a ten-year-old can handle Super Mario, surely they will be bored with the single button attack combos necessary to take on almost any foe.

The gameplay is braindead and repetitive: run up to bad guys hit them until they die. Sure, you can do a few special moves, or if you want to make things really easy do a powered up attack, but there is nearly no need to. Occasionally you have to do a jump attack (gasp!) or navigate a 15 second "puzzle." A boss encounter with a huge ice dragon can be overcome by picking your favorite attack button and mashing it because you'll win in a brawl.

The only breaks from the liberal ogre smashing you dish out come from Shrek's pal Donkey giving a little lip and a handful of minigames. Though both are short, they give the game some of the flavor and humor of the movies. During a catapult game you have to aim your choice of siege weapon at the towers and fire by holding down a button for the correct amount of time. Hitting special targets unlocks special ammunition (eg: cows or big spikey balls). Sure it's been done before, and it probably doesn't justify buying the whole game on its own, but they're a nice break from the monotonous bad guy bashing.

Although There are a few chuckles involving Donkey, and using Puss-in-boots' special "cute eyes" move to daze foes is good for a smile, the majority of attempts at humor are tired and lazy. Most of the laughs consist almost entirely of fairy-tale characters talking with "unlikely" voices: valley-girls or surfer dudes.

More Info

Jun 22 2007 - Wii, Xbox 360, PS2
Jul 20 2007 - PSP
Jun 22 2007 - DS, PC (UK)
Available Platforms: Wii, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, DS, PC
Genre: Action
Published by: Activision
Developed by: Vicarious Visions, Amaze Entertainment, Activision, Shaba, Beenox
Franchise: Shrek
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor


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