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There is a lot of game here, and finding all the various hidden power ups, and items will take you some time. The design of the game itself makes it hard to make sure that you have explored every part of the levels. Shrek breaks a lot of the worst trends in games aimed at younger audiences, and parents can be happy that their kids have a game made for the age group that still manages to present the challenge of adult video games. I doubt that even adults who have a penchant to like animated movie would be too intrigued by this title, but if you can't get enough of the green ogre, give it a try.
PGNx Media (May 02, 2007)
If you’re a fan of the Shrek series or looking for a gift for a younger gamer, Shrek the Third will be exactly what you’re looking for. The game has a great presentation, coupled with enjoyable combat and puzzles and good use of the touch screen.
Game Chronicles (May 02, 2007)
I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I cannot say how close Shrek the Third comes to matching the plot or flavor of the film, but even taken as a standalone game and not a movie tie-in, this latest Shrek adventure is a charming title that is fun, challenging, and perfect for the entire family. It mixes action and combat with a bit of puzzle solving and does a great job of promoting teamwork, an important value for the kids this game hopes to target. Buy it for your kids but don’t be surprised if you find yourself playing it after they go to bed. Just make sure to recharge their battery.
GamingTrend (May, 2007)
Shrek the Third does a great job at capturing the feel of the Dreamworks picture by the same name. Whimsical music and sharp-witted writing are the highlights of the title, with the puzzle-centric action keeping adults entertained as well.
ZTGameDomain (May, 2007)
With a simple and intuitive control scheme, Shrek The Third delivers a solid experience for young and old gamers alike. The mix of old school 2D platforming action against a 3D backdrop, makes for an incredibly entertaining game for just about everyone. Couple this with the amazingly crisp and colorful visuals and you have a licensed game that will finally be deserving of its sales. If you are a fan of platformers and can’t wait for the next big thing, give Shrek a try; I guarantee you will find something to enjoy.
GameDaily (May 21, 2007)
No doubt about it -- if video game ogre love becomes a necessity, head right for the Nintendo DS version of Shrek the Third. While everything doesn't work as perfectly as it should, the fact that it still works at all, when the others don't, shouldn't be ignored.
IGN (Aug 06, 2007)
Okay, so saying this game is the best Shrek title on the DS isn't a big compliment. Sure the last two Shrek titles have been awful, and it's likely that people are a little wary of a green ogre game now, but that's why it's refreshing that Vicarious Visions has gone beyond that most developers do with these types of games. Shrek the Third has a lot of the humor and charm of the film series, a unique plot, innovative controls and a rather neat multiplayer feature. It suffers from some of those controls being hard to use and ultimately still being a short movie game that is too easy for anyone that isn't in elementary school. Shrek the Third may not be the prince of the Nintendo DS, but thankfully it's not a smelly green monster either.
GameSpot (May 25, 2007)
Someone looking for the usual sort of action romp may end up disappointed with the Nintendo DS rendition of Shrek the Third. However, if you're a fan of the Shrek movies and think you might enjoy a more cerebral take on the adventure genre, then you may end up digging what the game has to offer. Just make sure to give yourself a break every few levels to minimize the fatigue that can result from constantly encountering the same puzzles.
Extreme Gamer (May 12, 2007)
Shrek the Third is obviously made for fans of the film, or Shrek in general. This particular cartridge is geared towards a younger audience and it does a good job at making a fun 2D action game. Adding in the Multiplayer value and the fact you can get into Shrek the Third before the movie is released is another bonus. Shrek the Third isn’t the best movie-game adaptation on the market, but with expectations lowered, Shrek the Third on the Nintendo DS performs nicely.
Shrek the Third suffers from the same problem as Spider-Man 3: it’s solid and fun for what it is, but it’s also short and not worth playing through again. It’s kind of like a melted candy bar, really: it’ll make due if you’re hungry enough and have no other options, even managing to be enjoyable for a bite or two, but it just isn’t filling.
64 (Jun 23, 2007)
Wieder mal ein typischer Fall von hätte, würde, könnte und fehlendem Feintuning. Bei der DS-Version von Shrek the Third ist der Veröffentlichungstermin wegen des Kinostarts offenbar besonders unbarmherzig näher gerückt. Viel zu häufig läuft das Spiel praktisch in Zeitlupe ab. Auch an der etwas hakeligen Touchscreen-Steuerung hätten die Entwickler noch feilen können. Zum Glück wiegen die zahlreichen technischen Mängel aber nicht derart schwer, dass sie einem völlig den Spaß verderben. Wer über die Fehler hinwegsehen kann, bekommt mit Shreks DS-Abenteuer im Gegensatz zu den großen Konsolen einen durchaus motivierenden Mix aus Action und einfachen Rätseln. Dank des moderaten Schwierigkeitsgrades können auch junge und unerfahrene Shrek-Fans mitknobeln.
64 (Jul 10, 2007)
If it seems like I'm being harsh to this game, please refer to my review of "Kong: King of Atlantis," because as far as kid friendly games with a recognizable character on the cover go, this is one of the better titles out there. In fact, I might go so far as to say a parent might enjoy playing this title while their kid is doing his homework. Though I still wouldn't recommend they buy it for themselves.
1UP (Jun 13, 2007)
Although the touch screen controls are irritating at times, you may just find yourself enjoying Shrek in spite of them. The difficulty curve is nice and gradual, and the game makes excellent use of the three-character system. Plus if you have two friends with the game, you can get some co-op going. Bonus!
55 (Jun 08, 2007)
Le concept de complémentarité des personnages est certes une très bonne idée, mais elle se heurte malheureusement à quelques problèmes d'ergonomie, ainsi qu'à un level-design peu inspiré. Shrek Le Troisième sur DS pourra néanmoins convenir aux plus jeunes fans du long métrage, ne serait-ce que pour les tirades de l'Ane et sa réalisation soignée.
Pocket Gamer UK (Jul 03, 2007)
Fun is what Shrek the Third most notably lacks. Why Activision thought an onerous puzzle-based game would best suit the comedy and exuberance of the movie is anyone's guess. Of course, any game containing the likenesses of the Scottish-talking green ogre and pals is likely to attract an audience. It's not a broken game by any means, just rather boring, unless you find the prospect of repeating Shrek-branded tasks enticing. For the rest of us, this is more likely to be the emotional equivalent of building a raft in the pouring rain with David Brent.
Gaming Nexus (Aug 14, 2007)
While it is marred by a few framerate issues, Shrek the Third is an overall well made game that makes good use of the stylus. The simplicity of the gameplay makes it a good choice for kids, and the presentation values are surprisingly high.
40 (Jun 11, 2007)
Shrek le Troisième est un jeu comme on voudrait en voir moins souvent. Il serait peut être temps d’arrêter de bâcler les adaptations, et de se mettre vraiment au travail. On serait tenté de dire que ce titre est à réserver aux fans du film, mais il n’est pas encore sorti. Il ne nous reste plus qu’à dire que ce jeu n’est à réserver à personne. Peut être que les tout petits prendront plaisir à diriger les personnages, mais ce qui est sûr c’est que ce seront les seuls. Ce Shrek n’a même pas l’humour des films, ce qui a quand même fait la renommée de la série. C’est ce qui s’appelle un grand moment de nullité vidéo-ludique.
Gamekult (Jun 19, 2007)
La 3D lamentable, l'ambiance sonore ridicule (exception faite des nombreuses voix digitalisées, qui n'ont pourtant pas débauché les doubleurs des films) et les incroyables ralentissements sont quant à eux dignes d'un jeu sur téléphone mobile, et complètent impitoyablement cette abominable fresque ludique. A fuir.