Monday, June 14, 2010

Bring Shrek Forever After home in video games!

Shrek movies are a huge hit around this house and Connor is still watching his Shrek The Halls (the Christmas special) movie at least once a week. So when we recieved a copy of Shrek Forever After the video game to review we were pretty excited. Connor after about thirty minutes of playing finally figured out how to move the characters about and actually did pretty well with the fighting system as though more complicated combos are possible it is possible to win the battles by just hitting the A button like mad. Sure he lost more battles than he won but for a three year old and the very first time I just set him loose with a video game all by himself he did impressively well. No reading skill are required though they do need to know which button is the A button and which is the B button to follow the directions given by the "helpers" throughout the game.

The game follows the plot of the movie which we have yet to see and I don't totally want to ruin it for myself so I haven't played all the way through the game. However the idea is Shrek has been tricked by Rumpelstiltskin to sign a contract in which he is transported into a alternate reality where Shrek never married Fiona and ogres are still feared and being hunted. You have to solve puzzles and fight your way through both worlds (the alternate and real Shrek world) while enlisting the help of all of Shrek's friends. You have to use all the characters to make it past all the challenges and switching between characters is super easy as all you need to do is push one of the arrow keys. This is actually the one thing Connor needed the most help with while playing as he's really a bit too young and though sometimes he knew what character he needed he couldn't always select them himself. He did catch on pretty quick to the fact that horseshoes means he needed donkey. I guess all that time he spends with me and my horses does wear off on him!

The graphics are quite good and the cut scenes are excellent. Overall I wouldn't consider this a super challenge for the serious gamer but as a family friendly game it's very entertaining. Kids will enjoy the storyline and it's actually fun enough that I sat down and spent awhile playing on my own. Dad's and older kids will find the real entertainment in the fact that there is a FOUR way multiplayer option. You and up to four friends can all play together sort if like those old style arcade games.

You can pick up your own copy of Shrek Forever After The Final Chapter on Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PC or PS3 right no on Amazon!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Activision and received the items necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


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