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Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Shark Tale isn’t aimed at me. That said, I’m having a ball playing it with my wife. The game is squarely aimed at those who loved the recently-released movie but there is enough nostalgia there for the whole family to enjoy.
  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. There is a unique and clever mix of various game styles that keeps things fresh (always good when fish are involved) but there are a few difficult hurdles that might stump the younger crowd and require some parental or sibling assistance.
  4. 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.
  5. A fantastic kid’s game and truly is a breath of fresh air…Er, water for a genre usually plagued by below average cash-ins. It has substantial long-term appeal, as gaining an Elite rating on all chapters is an all but impossible task and there are heaps of extras to unlock.
  6. It might be geared towards younger audiences, but it’s good enough to be placed up there with the big boys.
  7. After paying off the kids with more junk food I spent a few hours with the game myself. I found it ridiculously easy, except for the dancing segments, which were fairly difficult.
  8. Players will have the choice of either running through the dance card by sitting on their behinds, or actually get up and bust a move using a system compatible dance pad.
  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. It’s really difficult to gauge exactly what level of gamer Shark Tale was created for. The first few chapters are so ridiculously easy that you’d assume this would be a game just for kiddies. The difficulty level ramps up rather quickly and even experienced gamers will be challenged in later chapters.
  11. 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.
  12. As time wore on so did the fun of the game, and it ended up being just another movie made into a game.
  13. 70
    It features spectacular underwater graphics, varied character design, humor and dancing fish.
  14. Integrates a fair amount of footage, music, and dialogue from the movie it's based on, but the pleasant surprise here is the sheer variety of different levels the game includes.
  15. Seasoned gamers and adults probably won’t get too much out of the simplistic gameplay and real lack of challenge.
  16. The presentation, as mentioned, is superb - just check out the way if you pause the game, the screen will flick to a newspaper article detailing your current level and predicament. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  17. 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.
  18. The replay value on offer in Shark Tale is very low. Once you pass through the entire game you probably won’t want to go back and experience it again, unless you’re a fanatic follower of the movie.
  19. 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]
  20. 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.
  21. All mini-game are extremely simplistic, and range in difficulty from absurdly easy to hair-pullingly frustrating. [Holiday 2004, p.80]
  22. The game is way too simplistic for sophisticated gamers and becomes too much of a challenge for the kiddies.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 52
    Unfortunately, Shark Tale falls into the category of movie-based games gone bad.
  26. Where this game really dropped the ball was by making much of the game far too hard to play for the younger audience that would be likely drawn to its colorful characters.
  27. There's no sense of achievement in clearing one of the game's "elite" missions without the faintest effort. [Dec 2004, p.90]
  28. It’s just so hard for me to warm up to this game for some reason. Maybe it’s the sloppy game play, lack of understandable plot, unlikable characters, or probably a combination of those things and more.

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