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Shrek SuperSlam (GBA)

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      01.06.2009 01:57
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      "Shrek SuperSlam" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2005 by Activision. It is based on the "Shrek" series of animated films. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      The gameplay of this title appears to be directly inspired by Super Smash Brothers. Fighting in a series of multi-leveled environments, the player will assume the role of one of Shrek's popular characters including Gingerbread Man, Donkey and Shrek himself. The player has access to a story mode which requires the player to defeat all Shrek characters in a series of one versus one matches, "melee" exhibition matches and a Mega Challenge mode which is based on fighting related mini games. In appealing to a younger marketplace it is a very simple play and does not offer much by the way of challenge. Multiplayer connectivity is offered to a second player by use of an optional game link cable. SuperSlam is also one of the very Gameboy Advance titles which makes use of the optional wireless adapter for connectivity. I found the controls responsive and in areas which required frequent "button mashing" efforts was able to execute all attacks flawlessly.

      The graphics are presented from a side perspective which focuses on the battle in progress. Each Shrek character bears resemblance to their cinema counterpart and are adequate in their design. I did not find the images to be particularly stunning but was able to differentiate clearly between the characters. The background scenes are also acceptable in their design and make use of a wide variety of film related areas. The soundtrack features upbeat and lively musical scores along with snippets from the Shrek franchise inserted as vocal prompts.

      Overall, SuperSlam is an interesting take on the Shrek video game series and offers a fun play. I do find it easier in comparison to other fighting games on the market but would recommend it to prospective buyers


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