Shrek the Third (Nintendo DS Version)

Common Sense Media says

Cooperative puzzling makes this tie-in the best.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The three characters help one another, and players can cooperate to win.

Violence & scariness

Puss in Boots uses his sword to fight off baddies.

Not applicable

This is a game based on the movie of the same name.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Nintendo DS version of Shrek the Third is completely different from the console and GBA versions. This one's definitely the better game for kids; unlike the console version that's all about punching the bad guys, this focuses on puzzle play and allows kids to play together. The ratings also reflect the difference. The other versions are rated 10+ and this is rated E for everyone -- but matches the skill set of ages 7 to 12.

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What's it about?

From the first Shrek movie, we know that Donkey loves parfaits -- and in the Nintendo DS version of SHREK THE THIRD, he's accidentally turned into one. This funny story line is only tangentially related to the movie and requires players to hunt for fairy dust so they can help undo Merlin's misplaced spell. Unlike the console version of this game, which focuses on combat, the Nintendo DS version is mostly about puzzle play.

You travel in the land of Far, Far Away as a trio of Shrek, Artie, and Puss in Boots, switching to the different characters as the need arises. Each character has his own special move, which you activate by drawing on the touchpad. Part of the puzzle play is figuring out which of the three characters you want to play as at any given time. At times, you can connect all three characters and must figure out how to move them as a team while you work your way through four locations, each with four levels of play.

Is it any good?


This is a better game for kids than the console version because it has less violence, and more emphasis on logical thinking. You have to figure out how to activate platforms and traverse them, as well as decide whose special powers can get you through a given area.

Another great feature in this game is that it's the first game to offer cooperative play using the DS wireless capability. Up to three players can play together, each controlling a different character as they play through the game. While the humor isn't as good as the movie, the gameplay is challenging and fun./


Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes a video game fun. Is it the characters? The moves they make? Their dialogue or the gameplay? Why do you think Shrek makes a good video game character? Who are your favorite characters and why?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Available online?Not available online
Release date:May 5, 2007
ESRB rating:E for cartoon violence and comic mischief (Nintendo DS)

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Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

i laughed

it was gaert es thing ever yes it was i wished that everyone can tihk its graet
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

ha ha ha

This game is not better than the shrek 2 game but they were kind of even. I likew this game alot and who cares if it has a little sexuality! Just have a parent with you if you are under 13. Other than that it was a funny movie for kids and adults.


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