In Shrek the Third, players adventure as Shrek® and his friends to save Far Far Away in a hilariously twisted fairy tale from the movie and beyond. Fans play as their favorite heroes from the film: Shrek, Donkey, Puss-in-Boots, Fiona, Fiona's rebellious cousin Arthur and her fellow fairy tale heroine Sleeping Beauty. The game takes players on an epic journey through the worlds of Far Far Away after Prince Charming storms the city with an army of villains in order to seize the throne. Players are challenged to rescue pals, face off against Charming's henchmen, gather collectibles, test their gaming skills in numerous boss fights and engage in various mini-games that can be played in single-player or multiplayer modes.
As of right now, you may be reading the review for the highest-grossing summer videogame of 2007. This isn't because Shrek the Third is an amazingly interesting title, or because it pushes the boundaries of gaming in any way whatsoever, but because Shrek fever has taken over the globe once again, and the young ogre-obsessed need a game to come home to. The franchise has done amazingly well over its three-movie stint, and all along the way game shelves have been peppered with mediocrity. And though there's nothing overwhelmingly amazing happening this time around, younger gamers (or those who foot the bill for them) should be happy to know that Shrek the Third manages to bring some solid entertainment this time around, even despite its overly-saturated nature, "been there, done that" feel, and blatant corner-cutting design. Shrek the Third is simple, but fun.
With so many Shrek titles already on the market - everything from kart racers to party games, adventures and mini-game compilations - it's hard to make any sort of dent in the already boisterous lineup of the series. Shrek has done everything already, and aside from some sort of MMORPG or tactics game there's very little new ground to tread. Obviously Activision was getting that feeling, as Shrek the Third sheds the genre gimmick and instead looks to focus on an already successful area of gaming: the beat-em-up. Shrek the Third is, with very little extra, a Point A/Point B brawler that takes action elements from games like God of War and injects licensed humor where necessary.
If only the world was truly that wide.
Still, it manages to work. Players take control of all the expected Shrek characters, and rip through level after level of linear button-mashing action. Controls are as simple as light and heavy attacks (handled with buttons primarily, and Wii motion waggle on Nintendo's console), with a very simplified special attack meter added on top. After a short tutorial to learn the ins and outs, players will be on their way to kicking the crap out of everything Shrek style.
For the most part the game's combat system does its job, though there's no doubt that it'll leave seasoned gamers with more to be desired. The game is entirely linear, with the only deviation being a small set of mini-games to pass the time, or collectable in-level items that gain Xbox achievements or basic extras on the other consoles. There's an extremely simple combo system that works to reward players who do more than just button-mash, as it revolves around grabbing enemies and pulling off finishing attacks. The more you do, the higher multiplier you score. Also included is the ability to pull off specials by using accumulated energy, letting Shrek or Fiona go into a crazy ogre-inspired bullet time, or pull off devastating kill-all attacks. This mode takes a smaller stance with supporting characters, as various cast members (such as Puss 'n Boots) cash in with only one special attack. It's extremely basic, but for a crowd still struggling to understand the concept of a double jump Shrek should entertain for a decent amount of time.
Where the game lacks though, it does in waves. Since the game is entirely action-based, you'd expect the ability for a little two player action. After all, if it's all about beating baddies up and advancing through the level, why not grab a friend to join in on the action, right? Not included. Shrek is a single player game (except when playing mini-games), as it tries to emulate the aforementioned God of War design throughout. Finishers are the same, you button-mash to open chests the same way, and power-ups suck toward the just like in God of War. The problem is Shrek the Third lacks any sort of polish, so camera cuts, character animations, and basic combat all take hits as players progress through the game. There's an insane amount of invisible walls in the room, stopping players from running around pillars or statues, or even jumping off a ledge to an area mere feet below, and it really gets in the way of the intended seamless action.
The mini-games are fun, but they won't last long.
In another odd move, many of the character animations drop in frame-rate, as characters will animate choppy for no apparent reason while the world around them functions fine. The entire game is littered with these types of no-polish shortcomings, and players will be forced to simply learn the ins and outs of the game or just ignore its lesser points to really enjoy. When the camera snaps during key jumps, or invisible walls keep you from dodging a deadly enemy blast, however, it'll get to you.
And while much of the game's presentation is pretty decent, with solid scripted events mid-level, a full FMV intro for the game, and a very stylistic "puppet show" stage between major chunks of the game for story telling, the game is plagued with a lack of true voice acting from the major actors. Sometimes Shrek sounds as he should, and Donkey has the same wise-cracking attitude as Eddie Murphy on the big screen, but other times it's extremely apparent that the audio was done by a sound-alike. Graphically the game is a give and take as well, with decent lighting and real-time shadows gracing the adventure, while low-framed animations and odd visual glitches still pepper the entire experience. Much like the rest of the package, Shrek the Third manages to get the spirit of the movie into the game, but it lacks serious polish throughout.
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Shrek the Third Game Walkthrough
Shrek the Third Walkthrough
Thanks to Laya Maheshwari aka Lazy Garfield for the easy navigation.
Index of Contents
01. Introduction [INT]
02. Contact [CTC]
03. Default Controls [DCL]
a) The Royal Tutorial [L01]
b) The Docks [L02]
c) The Pirate Ship [L03]
d) Ye olde Ruins [L04]
e) Ye Olde Road [L05]
f) Academy Grounds [L06]
g) Prison Cell Block [L07]
h) Lancelot's Castle Capture [L08]
i) High High Peak [L09]
j) Ice Lake [L10]
k) Ice Cave [L11]
l) Prison Detention Centre [L12]
m) Forest Ambush [L13]
n) Merlin's Shore [L14]
o) Evil Queen's Castle [L15]
p) Stromboli's Workshop [L16]
q) Prison Castle Capture [L17]
r) Catacombs [L18]
s) Rundown Streets [L19]
t) The Grand Finale [L20]
05. Legal [LGL]
Hello, welcome to my Shrek the Third Walkthrough. The game is incredibly
simplistic, so I'm guessing it was made for little children. The levels are
incredibly linear, the action is easy and uneventful and the puzzles are of
little challenge. If you're looking to buy this game for your child or a child
you know, don't. Unless you dislike them. The game does have tons of unlockables
though and the Castle Capture minigame is pretty fun. Not the worst kids game,
but far from a good present. Try Viva Pinata instead. Or Gears of War.
The puppet show cut scenes are great, though. Very well done.
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Do not email me asking how to jump over the damn platforms in this game. The
game was not meant for jumping and it was a stupid idea to include it,
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Default Controls [DCL]
Light Attack (Hand on Lever): Left Arrow
Heavy Attack (Open Hand): Right Arrow (hold for extra damage)
Special Attack (Hand): Up Arrow
Fairy Dust Power (Arrow in Circle): Q
Block (Shield): Tab
Ogre Power: Tab+Q
Jump Attack: Space, Right Arrow in midair
Always try and do Finishing Moves (the Special Attack) as they complete quests
and get you more bonus coins. The Special Attack can also be used to pick up
items and enemies.
The Royal Tutorial [L01]
As the interactive part opens, smash everything and everyone and collect the
fairy dust (the blue stuff) and any other shiny collectable you see. Donkey
guides you through this tutorial of sorts, so you'll be fine. Remember to
collect the gold coins as well.
The Docks [L02]
As you go down the stairs, jump and collect the items, then proceed down and
beat up the two pirates. Jump over the gap and keep going. Beat up more of the
baddies and break the boxes. Keep going and collect the coins on the cliff wall.
It's all a downward path to the left, so you can't get lost. At the bottom will
be more guys and you will see gold coins forming an arrow. Collect them, break
the box and activate the lever. Now you're playing as Puss in Boots. Go along
the catwalk and beat up the pirates. Hit the lever at the end. Now, back to
Shrek. Go in, beat up the pirate, destroy Hook's statue and collect the mug.
Break all the crates and open the gold chest by tapping the Light Attack button
repeatedly. Keep going onwards breaking crates and beating up pirates. Break the
piano for another mug. You will see another gold coin arrow, so collect them
and break open the box next to the gate to free the prisoners. Then break the
gate by tapping the Light Attack button. Go on through. Jump down the cliff,
and beat up the pirates. Break the box at the far right for another mug.
Continue left and jump over the gap where the gold coins are. Beat up more
pirates and keep going. Jump over the gaps onto the ledges, where a mug is,
until you hit solid ground again, and then just keep going. You'll come to
a scene where you see Captain Hook. Run after him while beating up more pirates.
The Pirate Ship [L03]
Collect the gold coins and beat up the two pirates. Jump on the cage and then
jump in the air to get the red coin. Push the cage against the crates near the
start point and use it to jump on top of the pile and get onto the catwalks.
Get the mug and head left. Break the crates to get a hook. Keep moving. After
you drop down from the ramp, head underneath it for crates and a mug. You'll
even see a familiar face from Madagascar. Anyways, keep going left while beating
up pirates then hit the lever. Now, you are Puss again. Beat up the pirates and
collect the fish. Before you follow Hook, though, fight your way back to Shrek.
Puss has a double jump so he can get those coins up there, so get them then
continue onwards chasing Hook while fending off pirates. You'll see another
cut scene. Go under the ledge where Hook is and break the crates for a mug and
a hook. Go through the doorway on the right and fight your way onwards. In the
big room, break the crates for a hook and a mug. There are three big crates in
the room. The first one has pirates, the one on the platform has gold coins and
third hides a path to a lever. Break them, fight/collect whatever comes out and
then hit the lever. Go through the open gate and then use the lever at the other
end of the room. A platform will come down. Double jump onto it, then proceed
through the chain of platforms, collecting the coins, until the last one. Go
onto the ramp and proceed onwards. Break the boxes on the other side of the fish
for another hook. Run along the fish, fight the pirates and activate the lever.
Go through the door. Now comes a boss battle of sorts. The game says to use the
Strong Attack to break his shield, but the Fairy Dust Attack works better. After
it's gone, just slap him until he surrenders.
Ye Olde Ruins [L04]
Go along this path destroying everything. The sign next to Shrek at the start
has a mug. Up ahead the path turns right, as the arrow points out. Behind the
arrow is barrel. Destroy it for another mug. Go onwards, meet donkey, beat up
peasants. The crates next to them have another mug. Ahead of them, the path
branches into two. Go right, jump over the gap, collect the mug, drop down and
keep going. Open the gate ahead by tapping the Light Attack button. There will
be a lot of enemies here, so just keep hitting. Break everything in the back
for lots of goodies, including a trophy. The vending machine gives out an
infinite amount of barrels which leads to an infinite amount of fairy dust. Up
the stairs, hit all the lockers and you should find the geek and another trophy.
Open the gold chest too. Once you're done, go left. Destroy the second statue
along the way for the last trophy and the last statue, next to the lever, for
the last mug. Activate the lever. As you make your way to the gate, you will be
attacked by a witch. Use the vending machine to get barrels and toss them at
her. Two more witches will come, but you can easily just hit them until death.
Once she's finished, go through the gate.
Ye Olde Road [L05]
Now you play as Donkey. Go down the path, destroying everything. One crate near
the end has a mug, on the left before the two on crates. Go onwards destroying
things. One crate behind a rock on the left where three peasants attack you
carries a mug. If you see a trophy on top of crates, you've just passed it.
Go onwards, collecting that trophy and still destroying everything until the
carriage starts throwing hay at you. Go up the rocks to the left of the path
and beat up the two peasants and crates. One of them has a mug. Keep chasing the
carriage. The best way to dodge the hay bales is to jump in a zig zag pattern.
After the bridge, beat up more peasants, get the trophy and go on. Destroy more
crates for another mug and keep going after the carriage. Once you're inside the
building, beat up all the peasants, go onto the stone platform on the left,
collect the trophy then break all the crates. Then meet Shrek.
Academy Grounds [L06]
Go forward and destroy everything. This is the first actual open place in the
game so explore it while destroying everything. Break all the statues around the
dragon hedge for a little secret picture of Shrek. Explore around and you'll
find the nerd in the top right corner of the map. There's a trophy in the top
right and a mug in one of the statues. After the nerd runs away again, he moves
to the bottom left. Go get him. He runs to the gate now. Go meet him, collect
the key, then go through the gate. Run ahead while beating up the witches. Soon
you will play as Puss. Go into the water, then climb the ledges. The platforming
in this game is TERRIBLE, so it will be a bit difficult. Anyways, once you're
at the top, jump over the barricade and break the crates to the left for a mug.
Then activate the lever. Now you're Shrek. Go into the gate, then after you
talk to the kid, take an immediate left, run down the pathway and enter the
empty door. Go down here, fighting the jocks and breaking the lockers. The last
set, next to the witches has a mug. Fight the witches then keep going into the
gymnasium. Fight the jocks here. Go onto through the open door and there will
be a boss battle, like the last one. This time, don't use the soccer balls
Donkey and Puss give you. Run to the back and use the barrels, then once you
hit the red witches with them, run up and whack them. Once they're done,
Prison Cell Block [L07]
Now you play as... Sleeping Beauty? Whatever, break everything in the cell then
use your Fairy Dust Attack on the prisoner. Before you go straight ahead, go
right and take out the crates for a tiara. Fight the prisoners in the prison
cell then take that path that goes straight ahead. Fight your way onwards. Once
you're outside, you will fight trees and prisoners. There's no real difference,
so just fight onwards. It's a linear path anyways. Up ahead is the first real
puzzle of the game. Stomp on the center one, then stomp on the left one twice.
All three are yellow diamonds and the gate is open. Beat up the guard and press
on. Destroy that wooden thing at the end for another tiara, then go into the
cell on the right and float down the hole. Break the barrel at the bottom for
a mug and then go all the way to the back for another mug. Then go forwards up
the stairs and fight onwards. Break the barrel next to the column in the room
with foot columns for another tiara. Keep going. Up ahead is a room with gaps
that Sleeping Beauty can float down and platforms with coins on it. Just fall
down and try and float near the top right of the hole so that you can get the
mug. At the bottom, stomp on the switch and hit the locker to free the geek.
Then head right and go down the path. You can jump down again in case you
missed the mug. There's also a coloring page too in the bottom left. Otherwise,
jump across the platforms and through the gate. The wooden thing to the left
of the gate holds another mug. Up ahead is another boss battle of sorts. Only
Strong Attacks work on him, so use them. Destroy the crates for more goodies,
including the last tiara. Get the key, then go back to the locked door which had
a silver mug behind it.
Lancelot's Castle Capture [L08]
Okay... now you play a sort of minigame, called Castle Capture. You basically
have to knock down the enemy's towers. Basically, just aim with WASD and hold
Space to control the power. Tab and Q change weapons. That's about it. Really
High High Peak [L09]
There's nothing to do here but run forwards and beat up gnomes and snowmen. The
first and third snowmen have hats for you to collect. There will be some whelps
too, but they're nothing different. The snowman across the first bridge has
a hat. After you cross the second bridge and are ambushed by whelps, go down
towards the camera. You will see a red coin. Go to where it is and jump to the
bottom right of the screen. There will be a mug on a platform. After you get it,
go back and continue going right. On the platform where two gnomes hide behind
snowmen, the one to the left has a hat. After you're done with them, jump to the
right onto the platforms and head into the cave. In the cave, the gnomes will
set up three fights between you, a knight, whelps and a flying whelp. It's not
hard. Once you're done, go through the door. Fight the knights and chase the
gnome down into more knights. Once they're all gone, go through the doorway on
the right at the end of the tunnel and go along the ledge. Before jumping onto
the platforms with coins, turn left and get the mug. Then go onto those
platforms. Hit the lever at the top then run all the way back to that gateway
you just opened. Head on down the path. You will come across a bunch of knights,
so beat them up. The leader has a shield, so just charge up your Strong Attack
to break it. Once you're done, ice comes out. Use it to jump up onto the mine
tracks. If the ice melts, hit the snow pile for more. Go along these tracks to
the left. Hit the lever and the snowman for an opened gate and the last hat.
Go through the opened gate back where you got onto the tracks and collect the
key. Proceed on this path and you'll drop down onto a familiar place. Jump on
the platforms and go back to Arthur and use the key on the door.
Ice Lake [L10]
Go down the path and beat up the knights. Destroy the last snowman on the left
for a hat. To get the floating mug, hit the ice pile to let loose a cube for
you to stand on and jump to the mug. Then go to Arthur. Now the Lady wants
shoes. Go the to the right of the area and collect all the shoes. To get the
first one, which is in midair, hit the ice pile for a cube and push it within
range. Do it quick before it melts. There's another one near it, so get it too.
Then go back to where you came. You'll see another shoe in midair where the
snowman with the mug was. Use the ice pile to get another cube to get it then
go back to where you started the game. There's another shoe in the alcove there.
Keep going left for more shoes. Jump off the ledge to get the shoe in midair,
use the ice pile to get a cube for the mug, then head right to get another shoe.
Jump on the platforms there to get the last shoe. Once you've got it, head back
to the Lady. Now you will play as Arthur, who is by far the best fighter yet.
Follow the tracks and go into the door that was closed before. Follow the tracks
and fight whatever comes in your way. At the end of the tracks, the camera will
shift and focus on a button. Go towards the camera for a coloring page, then
go stomp on the button. Go back to that now-opened door and ride the elevator
down. Fight the gnomes on the way. At the bottom, just go and activate the well.
Now you have to go to the left and fight your way along the platforms. Just do
it. Once you get to the top, follow Shrek through the platforms. Collect the
mug on the way. Just after the knights, you'll see a hat. Go get it and continue
on into the cave.
Ice Cave [L11]
Go down the path and fight everything along the way. The second snowmen has a
coloring page. After you see the dragon, you will play as Arthur. Fight down
his path too. No extra goodies. Okay, now comes the first real boss battle of
the game and to be honest, it's relatively hard. The dragon has an assortment of
physical attacks from a simple punch to a bite. They're easily avoided by
moving around. Sometimes it breathes or shoots ice at you. You can avoid it
easily. The thing to watch for it when it jumps. If it lands while you