Shrek the Third (Console Version)

Common Sense Media says

Tons of punching in between punch lines.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a quest to help friends.

Violence

Each character has their own special attack, and the focus of the game is beating up the bad guys. Shrek will continue to punch guys until they fall down and eventually disappear.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Part of the Shrek franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is based on the movie of the same name, and there are three games named Shrek the Third. The version reviewed here is for the consoles -- Nintendo Wii ($50), Microsoft Xbox 360 ($50), Sony PlayStation 2 ($40) -- and for the PC ($20) and Sony PlayStation Portable ($40). While this version tracks the storyline of the movie, this game is all about beating up bad guys. Although there is no blood, you inflict pain and punishment on others to make them fall down and eventually disappear.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

This version of SHREK THE THIRD, created for the consoles (Xbox 360, PS2, and Wii), PSP, and the PC, is an action-adventure with a heavy emphasis on bashing the bad guys. It tracks the story presented in the movie, with Shrek searching the world of Far, Far Away to find the missing heir, Arthur. As players explore the 20 levels of the game, they will have the opportunity to play as Shrek, Puss-in-Boots, Donkey, Fiona, Arthur, and Sleeping Beauty.

On each level you are assigned a character and a series of quests, from playing through the level without dying, to finding a hidden geek in a locker, to destroying Captain Hook's piano. You will also need to collect coins and smash everything in sight to acquire fairy dust, the commodity that allows your character to execute special power attacks. While the game is mostly about combat, it also offers a little bit of puzzle play and six two-player Mini games (except on the PC, which only has one Mini game).

Is it any good?

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The constant fighting gets old quickly, but the humor in the dialogue keeps it fun. If your kids like games that let them smash and bash everything in sight, then this is not a bad movie tie-in adventure. And the Mini games can be entertaining. The Nintendo DS version is the better game because it offers cooperative play for up to three players and focuses on puzzle play instead of combat.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how developers extend the movie experience through games. Did this one stay true to the franchise? If you were responsible for developing a video game based on the Shrek character, what would your game look like? What makes the world of Shrek fun to play in?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Windows, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance
Price:$50
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:May 14, 2007
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon violence and crude humor (Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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a fun action game for kids 10 and up!

this game is a great game! if you have a 10 year old kid looking for a fun action game...this is it!!! violence: punching,kicking,and sword swinging. comerciolisem: this is a quest to help shrek's friends. so overall this is a really good game for kids over 10! (belive me i rented it and it was the only game i played for a week!)
Adult Written bykeeyanoosh March 7, 2012
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11
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shrek 3 the game

the people that are 11 are good at this game. but this game is only appropiate for kids 8 years and up
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 7 years old April 17, 2010
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2
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awsome

awsome
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models

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