Shrek Forever After

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Cartoony fighting in an otherwise family-friendly game.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

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Positive Messages

The messages of the game's plot are the same as those of the film: Be grateful for what you have, and appreciate the power and value of love. And thanks to the four-player cooperative mode, the game promotes excellent lessons in teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While there may be a few crude jokes tossed about here and there, the characters of Shrek Forever After are remarkably good-hearted, charitable, self-sacrificing, and loving. They may talk of love for food and gold, but their actions show that they value family and friendship most of all.

Ease of Play

The difficulty of both the combat and the puzzles increases gradually as the game progresses, but it is all well-suited to the skill level of younger (or more casual) gamers. And trouble with puzzle sections can be taken care by the Three Blind Mice, who dole out very explicit hints (i.e., they tell you exactly what to do) for only a few gold coins. One seeming omission from the control scheme, though: there's no way to block punches during a fight.

Violence & Scariness

Shrek and friends fight witches, pirates, skeletons and the like throughout the game. While Shrek and Donkey battle barehanded (or bare-hoofed), Puss-in-Boots and Fiona both use swords. There is no blood and enemies simply vanish once they've been vanquished. The player's characters can be hurt by bombs and cannonballs, as well as fruit thrown by the witches. The violence is all very cartoonish.


Aside from fart and underwear jokes (one of each), the only problematic language is the word "damn" which appears in the lyrics of Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation," a song which plays during a battle scene.


The game ties into (and retells the plot of) the movie of the same name.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shrek Forever After, the video game based on the movie of the same name, stays true to the spirit of the Shrek film in that it is chock full of cartoony violence, has a fair sprinkling of crude humor, and is -- underneath it all -- a very sweethearted, endearing story. The very unrealistic violence earned the game an E10+ rating from the ESRB, but children under 10 who have been able to handle the Shrek movies will find nothing worse in the game.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGangstaRatings April 16, 2011

Horribly Violent and Disgusting Language

This is a horrible game with too much sexual content in it. Fiona and Shrek do horrendous things such as "making love"! That's horrible! It is... Continue reading
Adult Written byRichManGold December 21, 2020
Kid, 10 years old March 29, 2014


It stinks don't download
Teen, 15 years old Written byMASSICLIKPERCYJ... November 4, 2010

What's it about?

The video game, SHREK FOREVER AFTER, follows the same plot as the film it is based on. Shrek, now a domesticated family man, longs for the old days when people were terrified of him and signs a contract with Rumpelstiltskin that will give him a magical day as a dreaded monster. However, he fails to see the fine print, which states that he must earn "true love's kiss" before things return to normal -- and in this new reality, he's never even met his ogress wife, Fiona. Shrek must remake old friends and woo Fiona all over again, all while trying to stop the evil Rumpelstiltskin from taking over the kingdom. Up to four players work cooperatively as Shrek, Fiona, and their two friends, Donkey and Puss.

Is it any good?

Shrek Forever After is one of the better made movie tie-in games we've seen in a long time. It not only does a great job of capturing the tone and feel of the Shrek films, but it is an excellent video game in its own right. The four-player coop mode (which allows players to jump in and out of the game whenever they want) makes the game a social experience, as it requires a real spirit of teamwork. The puzzles are all well-designed -- challenging, but not too daunting for young kids. And there's a fun collecting aspect to the game that also encourages exploration and adds replay value. If there's a negative, it's in the way the fighting can sometimes grow repetitive (and the obvious design flaw in the lack of any "block" or "dodge" button). But on the whole, Shrek fans should really love this game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the cooperative play aspect of Shrek Forever After. When playing in coop mode, is it difficult to work with another player? Or is it easier? Can four players teaming up to work together be a fun social experience?

  • Fiona, the ogre leader, is a very different kind of heroine. What makes her stand apart from other video game (or movie) heroines? Should more video game females be like Fiona?

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