Shark Tale

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Great way to continue movie's frolicking fun.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Billboards in Reef City mimic real life products.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the PC version of is better than the console version. However, the console version offers more challenging gameplay. The console version also has combat -- something not found in the PC version.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykeeyanoosh March 7, 2012

shark tale the game

soooooooooooooooo awesome.but there are sooooooooooo much is supposed to be M.
Teen, 16 years old Written byDarkshade Assassin April 9, 2008
This guy thought this games wuz bad
Teen, 14 years old Written bywazzup April 9, 2008


This game is not for kids. The movie may be cute, but this game is pure evil. Sharks carry tommy guns and destruct everything in their path. They rob stores for... Continue reading

What's it about?

Shark Tale movie fans looking for more frolicking fish fun can find it in the SHARK TALE video games. The Windows version is best for kids ages 6 and up. The console version (for Nintendo's GameCube, Playstation's PS2, and Microsoft's X-Box) targets kids ages 8 and up. In both versions, kids become Oscar, the fast-talking, hip-hopping fish seeking fame and fortune.

In the PC version, kids explore Reef City, looking for ways to earn fame points: winning dance contests, out-swimming sharks, winning races, collecting missing items, and finding secret passages. Earn enough fame points in one location and a new location opens. The console version is more linear: Kids work their way through 25 "chapters" of Oscar's life. Each chapter mixes video sequences with similar games: players race or get chased, dance by hitting a sequence of buttons (or using dance pad controllers for the PS2 or Xbox), sneak past guard fish with flashlights, or collect items.

Is it any good?

Both the Windows and console versions of Shark Tale are amusing to play. Kid-testers loved interacting with the characters from the movie; the hip-hop and R&B music licensed for the games (including Outkast, Will Smith, MC Hammer, Sean Paul, and Ziggy Marley) had them toe-tapping as they swam.

Kid-testers who played both versions favored the Windows game because its controls work better (you even get caught in water currents), it allowed players to choose what kind of activity they wanted to play, and it presented a larger coral reef environment to explore. The console game rigidly determines the order in which you play the games and doesn't offer the player an opportunity for free exploration. But it does have more levels, and its games are more challenging. Price: $29.99 (PC for Windows), $49.99 (Xbox, PS2, GameCube).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Oscar's focus on fame. Kids: Would you want to be famous? Why or why not?

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