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  Shrek SuperSlam

 "Grab your friends and have a brawl! Slam, smash, beat and brawl your friends in Shrek SuperSlam – the most twisted fighting game ever! Play as 20 characters from the Shrek universe, including Shrek, Donkey, Puss in Boots, and the villainous Prince Charming. SuperSlam your opponents through windows and walls in 16 fully destructible environments. Run for cover when characters unleash their signature fighting moves, like Shrek's disgusting Green Storm (better plug your nose!) and Puss in Boots' irresistible Cute Attack. And weapons like the Big Fairy Bazooka and the Hammer of Smiting give you endless ways to blast your opponents into oblivion." – Activision

 I'd just like to start off by confessing that this is a highly entertaining game. Although the animation isn't quite on the same par as the big blockbuster animated features, the ease of character movement and smooth game play are immediately apparent. I was relieved to find that the game didn't limit your choices of characters as well, allowing you to play the full range of wacky personalities from the movies. One minute your at the head of a Donkey stampede attack, and the next time around your cooking up a world of pain with the Cane-Fu skills of the Gingerbread Man.

SuperSlam gives you a few options as to what form of game play you want to engage in. So you know what's in store, I'll give you a once over for the sake of thoroughness.

Story: There is of course the usual single-player 'story mode', subtitled "Fairy Tales of Mass Destructions". It's everything you might expect, with funny little interludes between play. Basically you SuperSlam your way through opponents in various destructible environments, all the while unlocking treats and goodies, which can be anything from costumes to trophies.

Mega Challenges: Again, these are more single-player games; only these are more of the 'mini' persuasion in that you master challenges to unlock cool stuff. There are 45 Mega Challenges and seven bonus challenges so don't be thinking that you're getting off easy choosing this mode of play. The only real point to this is to get a chance to unlock additional characters and new arenas to further destroy.

Melee: No, it's not just a funny sounding word. This mode gets you into the multi-player component of the game. Duke it out with one, two or three computer opponents (or bash around your friend's game characters if you wish) in a two-minute timed match. Whoever has the best 'slammin' ability wins.

Training: Ok, so this is typically what ends up being the boring part of the game. Some games will force you to go through training before you even get to play, but in this case it was actually amusing…and oh…did I mention of your own free will to partake in. Here you get to learn to throw down with the best of them, learning the moves of any character you choose. Since you can't bite the dust in this mode, this is perfect for those of you who aren't exactly, how do you say, savvy when it comes to one-on-one fighter games. You know, the people who look like they're having spastic caffeine fits when they're pressing the controller buttons. You know who you are…

Trophy Room: There's nothing really much to report on here. It's a room…you keep your trophies in it; hence the name. I think I'm done with this one.

Throughout the game you'll find that there are plenty of power-ups, weapons, potions and other magical items to sustain you in your quest for SuperSlam domination. These are hidden (or sometimes out in plain sight) throughout your slammin' environment. Just remember that no matter what potion you down or how many freaky weapons you wield, put them to good use. They say if you don't use it, you lose it…so make every character attack count.

Hilarious characters, destructible surroundings and fantastic animated movement make up what I think is a grand slam for Activision. A little cartoon violence never hurt anyone and in this case a little crude humor goes a long way. So put on your Viking Horned Helmet, lock and load your Fairy Bazooka and go deal out a little Peppermint Fury. Basically, go kick a little…butt. What? You thought I was going to write something else? This is a PG review people…honestly…


Review ID Number: 655
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Activision
Review Date: 2006-01-25
Reviewer: Kristin Sardy
Rating: 8 out of 10
 
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