Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. It won’t keep mature gamers’ attention for very long, but kids will love it.
  2. The mini-games are simple and entertaining, especially for the kids. I got far more enjoyment watching my daughter play that I did playing myself.
  3. Overall for a legacy system, this is a pretty decent titles, and becuase the PS2 is in almost every family room in America, I can bet this will be on more than few kid's summer gaming list.
  4. 65
    While the combat is simple, the presentation unpolished, and a clear lack of co-op hurts the replayability, the core game is still tons of fun to play and gamers looking for a mindless beat-em-up will find plenty to love in Activision’s latest iteration in the Shrek franchise.
  5. If you’re a fan of the Shrek movies, there is some fun to be had here. Granted, it’s forgettable and uninspired fun that fades pretty quickly, but it’s still fun for that short while.
  6. Its unique sense of humor and well-rounded characters make this one to consider for a kid's birthday present. [Aug 2007, p.91]
  7. 60
    Shrek the Third isn’t a bad game; it’s an unpolished one. For the millions upon millions of movie-goers this summer, Shrek will work great as a compliment to the experience, though we can’t endorse it any further than a weekend rental.
  8. Poorly slapped together in some aspects, awkward dialog and delivery noticeably mar Shrek the Third.
  9. There are several attempts at greatness, like the mini-games that can be enjoyed with your friends. Yet, the mini-games are more of a distraction than anything else.
  10. This button-mashing brawler offers decent combat functionality, yet cannot deliver one adversary that you would actually feel good about punching…unless you get a kick out of clocking knights that are as passive as Buddhist monks.
  11. 53
    With its short play time, and lacking mini games, it won’t take the average gamer more than a few days to get their fill of Shrek, Donkey, and Puss.
  12. While there are certainly worse movie-license games out there, Shrek the Third still feels slapdash and thoughtless, plus its function to entertain is overwhelmed by its function to make money.
  13. It's easily the worst of the summer trilogy titles (Pirates, Spidey, Shrek), which is sort of apt, seeing as how it was also the worst among the competing trilogy movies. Poor visuals, dated gameplay, and horrible audio really make this one a game to avoid.
  14. The PS2 version is the worst of the bunch, with incredibly lackluster visuals and gameplay seemingly stolen straight from God of War. In addition, numerous glitches plague the game, further ruining the experience. Everyone should stay away.
  15. If I was forced to choose a version out of these three I'd go with the Xbox 360 version simply because it looks better and nearly matches the level of visual quality found in the film.
  16. As weak as licensed kiddie games get. It's a boring, shallow experience that features none of the whimsy and hilarity of the films.
  17. Shrek the Third's main problem is its complete lack of spark.
  18. Rather than doing anything very clever, it just nicks some of the best lines from the films, reminds you of the bits you liked, and carries on quietly being an incredibly average platform scrapper. [Sept 2007, p.117]

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