Games: HREK SUPERSLAM ***** PS2/XBOX.
UNLIKE previous Shrek games, this one's all about combat - it's a beat-em-up for kids, much like Super Smash Brothers Melee.
And it's a not a bad scrapper at that, letting you play as various characters from the movies.
Melee mode, where you battle with up to three other players in brightly-coloured arenas, is the main focus of the game.
The arenas are based on locations from the film, such as the Gingerbread man's house, the Poison Apple Inn and the castle Donkey shares with the dragon.
All of the arenas have interactive elements, such as tables that can be thrown and doors or windows that can be smashed in.
Weapons will appear every now and again and there are also lots of health potions.
The combat system is very simple' however, there's also variation in the moves characters can pull off and plenty of combos - kids will love Shrek's gas attack!
Instead of a health meter, you get a slam meter, which fills as you pull off attacks.
Once it's full, you perform a slam which propels your opponent around the arena like a whirling Dervish.
Like all fighting games, Shrek SuperSlam is best when you are playing with a pal, although there is an eight-round single player mode.
While the stars of the movie don't feature in the audio, the voice actors are good enough and there are some funny lines.
There's also Mega Challenge mode where you complete mini-games and battles.
Shrek SuperSlam has plenty to keep children amused but offers little for older gamers.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jan 13, 2006|
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