As the world of animated films continues to swell with blockbusters such as Finding Nemo and Shrek, so does the games industry with its movie-to-game licenses. And with the fishy comedy Shark Tale ready for human consumption, Activision and veteran GBA developer Vicarious Visions has brought us the video game equivalent of the same name.
In the murky depths of the ocean, the fate of Reef City lies in the fins of one small fish... at least that's what the local underwater inhabitants are led to believe, thanks to a small fib from protagonist Oscar. The Shark Tale adventure simply follows the consequences that Oscar must endure when his lies land him in deep trouble. And so Shark Tale is brought to life.
Like its console counterparts, Shark Tale GBA blends several defined and highly addictive playing styles into a single movie adventure. There are times when you'll be charged with dancing Bemani style and racing down circuits with seahorses. The bulk of the game, however, is played in the form of a traditional side-scrolling platformer that sees players engaging in the usual swim, jump, attack shenanigans present in so many other games.
Visually speaking, Shark Tale on handheld is a different ball game from the console versions. However, nothing with regards to gameplay suffers as a result. It may be technically inferior, but in every other respect it's just as fun to play.