Shark Tale GameCube


Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. If you loved the movie, enjoy funky retro dance music and contemporary hip hop, and want to experience some of the best computer generated undersea graphics to ever grace the GameCube, take Shark Tale for a swim.
  2. It's not groundbreaking, but it doesn't have to be. Kids don't care about that. They care about having fun playing it, and I think that is where Activision has succeeded here.
  3. Instead of a linear adventure, the game mixes different styles of gameplay into unrelated missions and while strange on paper, the gameplay works surprisingly well.
  4. 80
    I think adults and children both will enjoy this game in short bursts. If you're the kind of player who prefers non-stop action for three hours straight, you're going to get tired of this one quickly.
  5. Yes, it's a little on the easy side, but it's the perfect game for those of us who need a break from incredibly hard games that make us sweat. If you couldn't get enough of the film, Shark Tale for the Gamecube is a necessary purchase.
  6. Great for kids. It isn’t too difficult, but it doesn’t hold your hand throughout the entire game.
  7. Be sure you know your kid's gaming styles and preferences before picking up this game, because if your kids don't like fast, timed arcade play, then they won't like this game. For the rest of the young crowd, though, this may be just the ticket.
  8. The game works in its purpose of being a great kid’s game based on a strong license. It’s basic, it’s not too hard, but it is all done very well and it’s not a bad game in the slightest.
  9. AceGamez
    It has enjoyable missions, lovely graphics, great sound and is fantastic for kids. However, I think it lacks the depth needed to please the older gamer and it doesn't really offer a lot of challenge.
  10. 70
    It offers plenty of fun through various different game play styles and retains the hip style of the movie.
  11. A game that fans of the film will likely enjoy, first, because the diverse assortment of different levels keeps the hands-on experience fresh, and second, because so much of the actual footage, music, and dialogue from the movie has been woven so generously into the game.
  12. It brings some fresh ideas to the table and it's very polished.
  13. Well, grab your pencil and a notebook. It's time to make like a fish and go to school.
  14. I wouldn’t say it’s bad, but it certainly is mediocre on every level except the graphics. If you and your kid enjoyed the movie, then chances are you’ll enjoy this game.
  15. An engaging and amusing game that should appeal to the young and young at heart alike.
  16. Game Informer
    Graphics (especially on Xbox) are sharp and colorful, the characters and areas from the movie are represented well, and the licensed songs are far more impressive than most similar fare. [Dec 2004, p.168]
  17. GameCube Europe
    Unless you have an unhealthy obsession with the film, or are young don’t bother. But if those two descriptions match you, it will bring you hours of happiness.
  18. But pretty pictures and good audio don’t always make for a pretty good game, as gamers both old and young can tell you from personal experiences. The gameplay is what counts, and in that sense, Shark Tale doesn’t quite hit the mark.
  19. It looks good, but when you get to know it better you realise it lacks depth.
  20. The game is way too simplistic for sophisticated gamers and becomes too much of a challenge for the kiddies.
  21. Shark Tale may feel linear at times, but the experience is not so diluted that it delivers a totally flavourless caper. The game is rated 3+ and younger players should enjoy its mix of chases, stealth, puzzle-solving, simple fighting and musical tap-dancing.
  22. Children should have a whale of a time with this approachable and enjoyable adventure, which offers a tasty smorgasbord of game styles served in bite-sized chunks.
  23. Nintendo Power
    Graphics that look like they're straight out of the Shark Tale film and a tidal wave of activities, such as racing and item searching, make Activision's movie adaptation a whale of a good time, especially for young players. [Nov 2004, p.130]

Awards & Rankings

#70 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
#29 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2004
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  1. Nov 6, 2011
    Shark Tale can be pretty boring and repetitive game that is harder to stomach than the Shark Tale movie. It is pretty fun for a little whileShark Tale can be pretty boring and repetitive game that is harder to stomach than the Shark Tale movie. It is pretty fun for a little while but it is in existence to mostly entertain little kids. Full Review »