Shrek the Third
The Shrek license hits the DS with ogres, asses and a Puss in Boots. Talk about appealing to the adult audience.
Shrek the Third is coming your way and has a pretty decent pedigree to back it up. It is developed by Vicarious Visions, the same team who has developed the Over the Hedge series, as well as the Spider-Man games, for DS. Granted these games were not necessarily phenomenal, but as far as movie to game adaptations go, Vicarious Visions does a good job.
Shrek the Third will place you in control of Shrek, Puss in Boots, and Artie (a new character to the series). You will use all of your characters, exploiting their unique abilities, in order to help retake the castle from the evil Prince Charming, and find a cure for Donkey, who has been turned into a talking parfait. Granted the storyline sounds like nothing special, but perhaps the humor that pervades the Shrek universe will be present enough in the game to make up for it.
Shrek the Third takes advantage of the many features that make the DS a unique handheld. You move your characters with the d-pad but perform their actions with stylus controls. For instance, to make Shrek stomp the ground you slide the stylus down while controlling him (players switch characters by selecting the different character profiles on the touch screen). Further unique control comes in the form of the DS microphone. Players can blow into the microphone, while in spell mode (see below), in order to do such things as put out fires, fight airborne enemies or generate wind for certain spells.
Spell casting will be an important element of the game. Spells are cast by Donkey, who is apparently using Merlin's magic wand to help you from afar. To cast a spell the player holds the R or L button and then touches objects on the touch screen in order to enchant them. Players also cast wind spells by holding L or R and blowing into the DS microphone.
Shrek has two multiplayer options. Players can play 3 player co-op if they all have a copy of the game, or there is a seemingly uninspired downloadable play mode. If all the players have a copy, the group can collectively play through the single player story, each of them taking control of one character. The awesome thing about this feature is that the player who makes the game can actually progress their saved file through this co-op feature. As for the single-card download play option, players can download the tutorial level from a friend's cart, and that is it.
Shrek the Third holds some promise if it maintains solid touch screen controls, considering it relies on them so heavily. The co-op multiplayer looks to be a promising feature if you have friends who own the game as well. Here's to hoping the game is half as entertaining as the movie will be.