The DS version of Shrek the Third is a 2.5D Beat-Em-Up/Platformer. The DS version's controls use (almost) every feature INCLUDING the
- Touch screen - Jumping (Puss Only), Attacking, Magic (Spell/Donkey Mode only), Menu Options
- L/R Triggers - Activate Spell/Donkey Mode
- ABXY/D-Pad - Movement
- Start - Pause Screen, skip cutscenes
- Select - NOTHING
- Microphone - Crossing Water (Arthur Only, Spell/Donkey Mode Only)
The game has 3D levels but moves in a 2D space like Kirby 64.
Also, via DS Download Play, you can send a demo of the game to another DS. The Demo contains the first level of the game, but with a few bonus text boxes saying it is a demo. When the level is completed, it restarts.
The plot follows Shrek, Arthur, and Puss going around and trying to stop the bad guys from whatever they are doing* by walking around and destroying stuff. You start out in a forest in World 1. The final level of World 1 is you getting into the castle. In World 2, you are trying to get to infiltrate the castle. The final level of World 2 is a boss battle against a giant Pinocchio. World 3 is ruins themed. The final level of World 3 is (???). World 4 is (???). The final level is (???).
(*: I have forgotten some story details like names, but this game has a different plot than the movie) (??? = Not known to the writer, not gotten that far yet)
- The DS version of the game can connect with the GBA versions of Shrek 2, Shrek 2 Beg For Mercy, and Shrek the Third to unlock stuff like (please fill this in).
- The DS version has fully voiced cutscenes. However, the voice does not match the text on the screen. Instead, it is Donkey telling it from his perspective. Also, the DS cutscenes are like a book. This is the only time in the game you are meant to hold your system sideways (like in the Brain Age games) while the rest of the game is held vertically.
- The DS version does have wireless multi-cart multiplayer. Multiplayer gameplay shares save slots with your single-player saves. That means that you can make progress on your single-player save with multiplayer.
- Shrek the Third is one of the least liked Shrek movies, if not the most. That might be why these games are not talked about much.
- The DS version of the game has each character play uniquely compared to each other - Puss as a platformer, Arthur as a long-range attacker and Shrek as a brute.
- This is the first game in the series not to be released for the GameCube.