Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The game’s four different gameplay modes should keep children from losing interest, while the simple controls will provide a great beginning for future gamers.
  4. All of the gameplay elements seem like they really belong in the game and aren't just mini-games tacked on to pad it up. For a game that's based on underwater cartoon characters, (warning: pun alert) it's got a lot of depth.
  5. A great movie adaptation and very good choice for younger gamers -- or anyone who needs a Christmas present for a younger gamer in a hurry.
  6. The difficulty varies greatly, and might frustrate the game's chosen audience.
  7. A worthwhile experience – especially if you’re a parent looking for something for kids that won’t bore you to tears.
  8. DreamWorks' Shark Tale is a Jack-of-all-trades for gameplay, but is a clear master for none of them.
  9. 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.
  10. The game's soundtrack is awesome, but since many of the songs are old and/or obscure, some of the charm may be lost on the target audience.
  11. Everything works just fine. But it is so by the book that there is really nothing to write home about. [Jan. 05]
  12. Shark Tale isn't the colossal adventure it could have been, but it's got what it takes to please the kiddies. Think of it as a graduation from Mario Party. If that series has become too easy for your child, this game is the next step up.
  13. 71
    The variety in gameplay was welcome, but playing through the game again would just be more of the same thing that I played through the first time, save for accomplishing the bonus challenges.
  14. 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.
  15. 70
    It offers plenty of fun through various different game play styles and retains the hip style of the movie.
  16. 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.
  17. The graphics are actually well done and do a good job of mimicking the animation from the movie while the audio offers some nice soundtracks and voice-overs.
  18. The variety of gameplay styles is very lively and, for the most part, it’s a fun experience from beginning to end. It also does a good job of retreading the film and bringing the story home.
  19. Not all gameplay styles are fun - especially the flawed "DDR" one. [Holiday 2004, p.98]
  20. 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]
  21. 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.
  22. 63
    Shark Tale does a fantastic job of representing the film authentically as a whole, but it’s its very basic, mini-game style levels and side-scrolling gameplay that let it down.
  23. There's nothing to dislike about it. It's well-rounded and harmless in every respect, but there's no real challenge to anyone remotely used to playing games or over the age of 10.
  24. The game looks/sounds/controls remarkably well. Little children that saw the movie will be amused-enough to finish Shark Tale in a rental or two.
  25. The game is way too simplistic for sophisticated gamers and becomes too much of a challenge for the kiddies.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Short lived fun with a nice addition of concept art pictures being included as an extra, giving the game that little bit more depth but sadly just not enough.
  29. Your average uninspired kids game. [Jan 2005, p.106]
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jul 6, 2012
    6
    Probably the first time the game was better than the movie, but that isn't saying much. The gameplay is fun sometimes, but most times it's very tedious. The fighting level controls seem broken and ruin what would have been the best levels. The racing levels are nightmares. The dancing levels are usually way out of sync. Adventure levels tend to last way longer than they should. Now looking to the better aspects: The soundtrack's good and there is a bunch of things to collect. The swimming controls are very good. Lastly, this game is creative and funny. Funnier than the movie itself, in my opinion. Full Review »
  2. YuraT.
    Jul 14, 2008
    2
    No comment
  3. JosephS.
    Dec 7, 2004
    7
    I picked the game up for my 6 year old nephew after seeing the movie, and what I thought would be just another load of bland, time-killing, kiddie drivel (see Finding Nemo) actually turned out to be a pretty cool game. The levels are varied and fun enough to play through several times without getting boring too quickly. There are four play styles: Adventure, Dance, Race, and Fight. The Adventure stuff is pretty standard side-scrolling game play, with 3 sub missions for each level. Some of the Adventure missions are pretty boring, but some are very cool. One mission has you sneaking into the shark lair on the sunken ship, and trying to avoid Lino's piranha, which is pretty neat. The dance mode is a lot like DDR, but the visuals are pretty funny to watch. Oscar's dance animations are totally wacky. They look really hilarious and you might get a kick out of just watching somebody else play this mode. The main problem with Dance is that the missions get WAY too hard at the end, and you might find yourself throwing your controller in frustration. The Fight levels remind me of Punch-Out! with fish, but not as fun, since the only strategy seems to be to wait until the shark stops chomping and then take your turn punching. Finally, the Race levels look really cool, but there isn't a lot of challenge to many of them. You mostly end up trying to beat the clock or collect items before you run out of time. One caveat for some if the missions if you have young children - some of the levels are just way too hard for kids, and may even give a serious challenge to some of the adults out there. It feels like they needed to put some more work into tuning the difficulty. Each game mission is linked to the other by cutscenes that show you what's happening in the movie, and if you've seen the film will actually add a little to what you know about the characters. All the VO and music is really very well done, and there are lots of unlock-able items like concept art from the movie. All in all, pretty good for a licensed game. If you or your kids liked the movie, then the game is a very good companion product to the film until the DVD comes out. Full Review »