For several years, my kids have played with the Shrek 2 video game. It has provided them far more fun than most video games that they have grown bored with. While it’s given them hours of fun (and given my wife and me hours of peace and quiet), it’s good to know a new Shrek video game is coming on May 18 when the Shrek Forever After video game is released.
The Shrek 2 game is not bad at all, but is limited in what it offers to the more advanced and experienced gamers, and it was released six years ago. It is time for a refresh, even if this game will be remembered fondly and still taken out from time to time in my house and surely countless others.
There are nine playable characters in the Shrek 2 video game: Shrek, Princess Fiona, Big Bad Wolf, Donkey, Gingerbread Man, Tinkerbelle, Lil’ Red, Dragon, and Puss in Boots. And there are technically two more in the Human Shrek and Horse Donkey, which are based on the Shrek 2 characters that transformed after drinking the famous magic potion.
Each of the characters has different skills that will be needed to get through the game’s eleven levels. Each level offers four different characters that the player can elect to play based on what’s needed and the character’s special skills set. At certain points, only one character can do the tasks required to move to the next level. This is known in the game as ‘hero time’ and brings an added sense of urgency and meaning; not unlike a climactic scene in a given act in a movie. Not surprisingly, Shrek is the main character in this game and it really revolves around him.
The flow follows Shrek 2 follows the movie plotline quite faithfully, at least by video game standards, and for younger kids in particular (say 10 years old and under), they will enjoy the simplicity and the ability to relive the movie in many ways. The game provides quite a bit of direction as well as it explains each level and their respective objectives, before the level begins; another plus for younger kids.
The visuals and graphics on the Shrek 2 video game are really just okay…nothing particularly remarkable about them either way. I would expect that the next Shrek game will be enhanced in many ways, with the graphics and look and feel of the text being among the most dramatic enhancements. In addition, the complexity and challenges wear think quickly for older and more advanced players.
While the game is not going to appeal to adults or sophisticated gamers, Shrek 2 is a solid game for the core younger fans of the Shrek movie franchise.