Shark Tale Xbox

Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. As time wore on so did the fun of the game, and it ended up being just another movie made into a game.
  4. 70
    It features spectacular underwater graphics, varied character design, humor and dancing fish.
  5. 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.
  6. Seasoned gamers and adults probably won’t get too much out of the simplistic gameplay and real lack of challenge.
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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]
  11. 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.
  12. All mini-game are extremely simplistic, and range in difficulty from absurdly easy to hair-pullingly frustrating. [Holiday 2004, p.80]
  13. The game is way too simplistic for sophisticated gamers and becomes too much of a challenge for the kiddies.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 52
    Unfortunately, Shark Tale falls into the category of movie-based games gone bad.
  17. 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.

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