Shrek The Third
With The Adveht of summer comes the third film of the franchise. With the advent of the third film comes the inevitable game tie-in. And with the advent of the game comes the unavoidable groans as we're forced to play yet another distinctly average movie-to-game tie-in.
I This time around you're subject' to a platform experience in which you play as the green-skinned Wayne Rooney lookalike himself. Later on, you'll also get to take control of Donkey, Puss In Boots and others, but with repetitive gameplay consisting of collecting coins and orbs, beating up enemies and jumping around linear levels, it really doesn't make that much difference who you're playing, There are some enjoyable minigames but invisible walls, an unfunny script and rubbish soundalikes in place of the film's all-star voiceover cast are just the beginning of the bad stuff.
Within barely 30 seconds of the game being turned on, someone bears down on your character and you're told to "Press an icon of a green hand to punch". But even in the control set-up screen, there's no mention of the icons. So you're just left to figure it out for yourself, while your character gets a pasting and you stare befuddled at the screen.
The problem with most games that tie in with current movie releases is that they're awkward, clumsy and unpolished affairs that feel like they've been tacked on just to make more cash from the film release. As demonstrated here.