Video Game / Shrek

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Following the unexpected success of the first Shrek film, Dreamworks became aware of the brand’s commercial value and invested in the rather large series of tie-in games. By the time the film series ended in 2010, the series consisted of Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek The Third and Shrek Forever After, Action-Adventure titles as well as Shrek Super Slam, a Fighting Game in the wake of Mortal Kombat and Tekken, several cart racing games, Shrek Super Party, an interactive board game, and more.

The games released in 2001 and 2002 alongside the first film all had terrible reception: in particular, the Game Boy Advance Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway received a score of 27 on Metacritic. Later games have generally improved in quality and gathered more positive, but still lukewarm reviews. Shrek The Third was even a best-selling game at one point in 2007, mainly due to the better-than-expected quality and the lack of major studio releases at that point in time.

Shrek provides examples of:

Shrek 2 provides examples of:

  • Anti-Frustration Features: The game has checkpoints after you win certain parts.
  • Bleak Level: Level 2.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Enemies fall and dissapear, no blood or cuts on them.
  • Charged Attack: Donkey and Puss each have one. In the mine levels Shrek and Donkey use this together.
  • Collection Sidequest: : Each level has a limited amount of gold coins, eyeballs, and fish you can collect. Your scrapbook has these categories and shows what you've cleared. Subverted as it turns out in later levels, you can use the coins to buy power-ups.
  • Cutscene Incompetence: Fiona gets stolen by witches near the end of Level 2.
  • Excuse Plot
  • Degraded Boss: In Level 2 a fat knight with his face showing first shows up as a boss, yet later starts showing up as a regular enemy of that level.
  • Fake Longevity: Each level has collection sidequests, and first level and the dungeon levels have sidequests where you have to rescue each of The Seven Dwarves. In the dungeon levels you also have the sidequest of rescuing prisoners.
    • In the farm level, there's a certain amount of chores you have to do pass the level, less than the amount of chores there actually are.
  • Finishing Move: If you attack mooks enough time they get dizzy, allowing you to do finishing moves on them.
  • Flunky Boss: The giant spiders have eggsacs that endlessly make spiders until you destroy the eggsac.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Subverted. If you accidentally roll the giant ball off the high platform, it reappears where you found it.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Even if Shrek get beaten unconscious by Prince Charming at the beginning of the Prince Charming level, at the end Prince Charming says "I'll get you, Shrek!" and Shrek laughs triumphantly.
  • Gate Guardian: A leprechaun usually makes you have to give him gold to get through. The first time you meet him you have to catch fairies in the area he's in.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: There are two of these. At the end of the second level you play Dragon and you have to save Fiona from being taken away by witches. In the last mine level, you have to play as Shrek and Donkey to stop The Fairy Godmother.
  • Giant Food: In the farm level there are giant carrots used to keep you from entering certain places. Until you break them, which is apparently pretty easy.
  • Giant Spider: Both the dungeon levels and the mine levels have these.
  • Ground Pound: Shrek and Donkey can each jump up and do one.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Puss in Boots does this, keeping with the movie. He goes from a boss to a playable character.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Red throws apples at enemies.
  • Playing Tennis with the Boss: There are four separate trolls in the game. Three all have the same weakness: the bombs they shoot at of their mouth to kill you. There's no other way to defeat them than to hit the bombs back.
  • Regenerating Health: After defeating a boss, they leave a potion behind that restores health. In the last level there are four life potions, each high up on the stands.
  • Shield-Bearing Mook: The knights.
  • Slo Mo: Fiona can do this whenever you get an hourglass.
  • Smash Mook: The stone monsters in the mine levels. In the Far Far Away level there's a troll like this.
  • Spin Attack: Little Red Riding Hood and Fiona each have one.
  • Spider Swarm: Giant spiders have eggsacs that endlessly produce spiders until you destroy the eggsac. There is one giant spider who doesn't have any eggsac, who is a boss.
  • Throw a Barrel at It: Shrek does this with explosive barrels.
  • The Cake Is a Lie: The Little Pig in front of the henhouse promises to make you an omelette if you catch enough eggs. This would be a delightful meal for the child playing if they never got to have omelettes very often in their life. When you do win he doesn't actually make you an omelette.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: One of the knights from the movie say "Here we go!" when he dies.
  • Unique Enemy: Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: You can help a talking, humanlike Billy Goat get across the bridge and get nothing in return. You also don't have to all the pigs' chores on the farm level.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can hit citizens and break things. If you get angry at one of the playable characters who you're not playing, you can hit them!
    • Averted with King Harold. If he makes fun of you thinking you're too scared to take on his challenge, you can't hit him. All you can do is go talk to him again.

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