Shrek SuperSlam, also known as Shrek Super Slam, is a melee-form fighting game featuring some of the characters from the Shrek series of films. Characters in this game like Quasimodo, the Black Knight, G-Nome, and Luna weren't in any of the Shrek movies. Although Humpty Dumpty eventually appeared in Puss in Boots (2011).
The versions often differ between the console, GBA and DS versions; the GBA version is a 2D-plain free-floor fighting game styled akin to Super Smash Bros. and other similar fighters. Like those said fighters, the game also allows for unique items to be picked up for the characters to use, ranging from weapons and potions.
The main objective of the game is the attack the opponent to fill up a Slamergy bar (shown as a "SLAM" icon below the character's portrait; in the GBA and DS versions, this is referred to as "Fairy Dust" instead). Upon filling it up, characters will have their main attack be replaced by their Slam Attack. In all versions of the game, landing a Slam Attack on the opposition dictates the overall scoring system, which upon connecting often causes a lot of mayhem depending on the stage and where it sends them flying.
The console version's other battle options have arguably the most depth, as like with the DS version, it acts as a free-roaming brawler (though every character has the exact same base movement speed and jump height). Each character can perform weak attacks, strong attacks (which can be charged up for charge attacks), throws, air attacks, wall jumps, double jumps, blocks, reflect blocks, wall attacks, up attacks and evades. Advanced techniques such as block dropping (fast-falling from midair with a block) and block-cancelling (cancelling a charge attack or air dash with a block) exist as well. There also includes the ability to holster weapons for a later use without losing them upon getting hit.
However, a majority of character-specific moves include dash attacks, air dash attacks, air wall attacks and charge throws; for example, Shrek only has an air dash and a grounded wall attack, while Cyclops has only a ground dash attack with no air wall attack. Prince Charming, Fiona, Captain Hook and Robin Hood can air evade, while Dronkey, Luna and Anthrax can perform double air dashes.
Attacks are mainly performed off of a weak attack branching into a series of set combos which player 1 can view during the loading screen; three specific combo-based moves involve big score attacks (moves that gain a notable amount of Slamergy upon connecting), block breakers (guard breaks; some characters have moves outside of combos that inflict this) and "special moves" (unique combo finishers).
The console version of the game features three multiplayer modes: "King of the Hill", "Melee", and "Slammageddon".
In "King of the Hill", the object of the game is to stay atop of a hill the longest, while opponents try and knock each other off. The first player to reach 30 points wins. The longer the player stay on the hill, the more points she/he receive. In "Melee", the objective is to earn as many slam points within a 2-minute time period. The player with the most slam points after the time limit stops wins. In "Slammageddon", each single attack barring throws count as a Slam. But, if a player manage to get a 'Max Slam Juice' potion in Slammageddon mode and hit the opponent(s) with your slam, nothing happens. Slammageddon unlike the other default modes, must be unlocked with a cheat code, while King of the Hill can only have more than one player active.
Due to the Shrek franchise's underground cult following in the late 2010s, the game has developed a small competitive playerbase, which has produced a "tournament-ready" mod of SuperSlam as well as advanced techniques such as "crumpet dashing".
Every character has a "Slam" attack. Slams all have different effects. For example, Shrek's Green Storm attack will send his opponents flying as he undergoes flatulence and Pinocchio's nose extends and he flies towards enemies in an attempt to strike them.
Slams play a vital role in gameplay, causing large amounts of mayhem and are usually the main way to score points.
However, this is barring the GBA version, where all Slam Attacks are mainly powerful launchers that do not deplete the primary resource bar unless they connect (which is "Fairy Dust" instead of "Slamergy").
In the console version however, filling up the Slamergy bar will put characters into a powered-up state where they emit a repelling flash and glow red. During this Slam-mode/state, they gain increased movement speed and where only their strong attack for a set amount of time, is replaced by their signature Slam Attack. Slam Attacks in the console versions are often considered to be the signature moves for each character, and they can hit knocked-down opponents while being unblockable.
However, missing a Slam Attack and/or landing it on a single target in a multi-man match without getting interrupted will empty the Slamergy bar bit by bit, with the latter draining it completely thus forcing it to be refilled again (though it is possible to herd all possible targets into one's Slam Attack for a multi-man slam). The Slam Attack in this case can mainly be performed fresh for a maximum of four times, provided that the bar was not also emptied from any opposition that damages the Slam-mode character; thus the Slam-mode/state is not to be taken for granted when in use.
However, in multi-man matches, if Slam Attacks are interrupted in some way without hitting all possible targets to have it end instantly (or any target at all when the Slam ends), then it's possible to perform a Slam Attack again for another attempt to land it on the whole opposing party; Slam Attacks performed on opposition that have already been slammed like so will inflict odd hit effects upon them (e.g. Charming's Roar slightly launches already-slammed-targets with no knockdown). Settings for automatic Slamergy gain and/or drain can be tweaked in the battle options menu, but may be applied automatically to varying degrees for battles in the Challenge mode.
When all the possible slam-interactions of a stage have been triggered in a match, Slam Attacks will instead send the victims flying in random trajectories with a normal knockdown.
In the PS2, Xbox, GameCube and PC versions of the game, there is a total of ten characters that you can choose right from the start and ten that you have to unlock.
Note: Slam Attacks in the GBA version are generic powerful launching attacks; meawhile Slams in the console versions listed here are unique finishing moves.
Playable from start
- Shrek/Puppet Shrek (Slam Attack: Green Storm)
- Donkey (Slam Attack: Donkey Stampede)
- Puss in Boots/Cowboy Puss (Slam Attack: Hypno-Puss)
- Gingerbread Man/Sheriff Gingerbread Man/Casa de Gingerbread (Slam Attack: Peppermint Fury)
- Princess Fiona/Fire Cast Fiona (Slam Attack: Bouquet of Blades)
- Princess Fiona Ogre/Puppet Fiona Ogre (Slam Attack: Ogre Aria)
- Prince Charming (Slam Attack: Charming's Roar)
- Pinocchio (Slam Attack: Buzz Bomber)
- Red Riding Hood (Slam Attack: Picnic Basket of Utter Destruction)
- Black Knight (Slam Attack: Seismic Smash)
- Big Bad Wolf; dubbed as "Huff N' Puff Wolf" (Slam Attack: Super Huff N' Puff)
- Anthrax (Slam Attack: Chaos Clouds)
- Cyclops (Slam Attack: Eye in the Sky)
- Robin Hood (Slam Attack: Merry Men Arrow Swarm)
- G-nome (Slam Attack: Earth Flytrap)
- Dronkey (Slam Attack: Rapid-Fire)
- Quasimodo (Slam Attack: Ding Dong Doom)
- Witch named Luna (Lil' Witch in GBA/DS versions; Slam Attack: Wicked Ride)
- Captain Hook (Slam Attack: Seven Seas Cannonball Storm)
- Humpty Dumpty/Master Fu (Slam Attack: Scrambled Egg Spin)
- Doris (GBA version only)
- Poison Apple Inn: Bar in the middle of a forest from Shrek 2. (Chapter 1 in Story Mode)
- Dragon's Gate: Out the front of the castle that Fiona is trapped in during the original Shrek movie. (Chapter 2 in Story Mode)
- Kung Fu Dojo: Dojo at the top of a mountain. (Chapter 4 in Story Mode)
- Fat Boy: The drive-thru place that Fairy Godmother goes to in Shrek 2. (Chapter 6 in Story Mode)
- Gepetto's Workshop: Runned down workshop in the middle of nowhere owned by Gepetto. (Chapter 8 in Story Mode)
- Medieval Chef: A giant kitchen made for a cooking TV show. (Parody of the Japanese TV show Iron Chef (Chapter 7 in Story Mode))
- Gingerbread Hizzle: Gingerbread Man's Gingerbread Mansion while it is snowing. (sugar presumably (Chapter 3 in Story Mode))
- Potion Factory: Factory were Fairy Godmother makes all her potions.
- Dragon's Hall: Where the Dronkey's playroom is.
- Mine Cart: Underground mineshaft with a statue of the Frog Prince (maybe infulened by one of the levels in the Shrek 2 Video Game)
- Mongo: The giant Gingerbread Man from the Shrek 2 movie carrying a cake.
- Bell Tower: Quasimodo's Bell Tower that has been moved into Shrek's Swamp. (Chapter 5 in Story Mode)
- Romeo Drive: A compact version of the shopping district from the Shrek 2 Movie.
- Beanstalk: The Beanstalk from Jack and the Beanstalk.
- Giant's Table: Inside the house and on the table of the Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk.
- Far Far Away Tower: A lone tower above the castle of Far Far Away.
(There are other stages in the game that can only be accessed by the Mega Challenge mode)
Slam Attack Descriptions
Shrek: Green Storm
- Shrek props for an exploding green gas cloud of flatulence. This Slam acts more like a single attack.
Donkey: Donkey Stampede
- Donkey with full speed ahead, charges forward headfirst for a set duration to headbutt his foes. The attack can be directed and Donkey can jump during it to each other areas of the stage in order to chase down targets. Upon connecting on a target, horseshoe special effects are emitted.
Puss in Boots: Hypno-Puss
- Puss sheaths his sword, and unleashes his iconic "cute/adorable face" only with a literal-yawning twist (it unleashes a hypnotism ray that stuns any targets within range); Puss then gets on all fours and charges in a stampede akin to Donkey Stampede with the same mechanics (lasts for a set duration, can direct the charge and jump during it).
Gingerbread Man: Peppermint Fury
- Gingerbread Man winds up, then floats stationary in midair while in a flat sky-diving position, spinning around himself as he sends out wads of peppermint shurikens in four directions that fly towards a set range before disappearing. Any target in range will cause the peppermint shurikens to have slight homing capabilities.
Princess Fiona: Bouquet of Blades
- Fiona tosses out short-ranged-homing shuriken while slightly airborne, then puts herself in a sped-up state that allows her to toss more sets of shuriken with the use of the strong attack button two more times. Fiona during the said state (which is different from having the Slamergy bar full) cannot attack normally nor will the Slamergy gauge drain if the function is activated in the battle options.
Fiona Orge: Orge Aria
- Fiona unleashes her singing skills to fire a volley of music notes that slam her target(s). The volley fires in a spread but only goes a set distance for a certain duration.
Prince Charming: Charming's Roar
- Prince Charming repeatedly smashes his sword down in front, sending out fire waves forward for a set duration. The attack can be directed left and/or right very easily (due to a possible programming oversight), giving the Slam a lot of versatile ranges via angles of attack, as well as the speed at which the projectile waves travel at.
Pinocchio: Buzz Bomber
- A charge-attack based Slam akin to Donkey Stampede and Hypno-Puss. Pinocchio has his head and nose grow in size while he flaps his arms akin to a bee. During this state, he flies around trying to prong any opponents with his nose to slam them. The attack can be controlled where Pinocchio will dash forward in a set pattern, but the strong attack button can be tapped to have him charge forward per button press instead. Likewise, he can also jump during this move.
- Upon hitting someone with it, a strange bug will occur where Pinocchino performs a non-damaging animation of his charge attack (if the strong attack button is used to charge at the target needed to end the Slam).
Red Riding Hood: Picnic Basket of Utter Destruction
- Red Riding Hood plans her basket down on the ground in front of her, unleashing a massive tornado that vacuums in targets to slam them. The closer they are to it, the stronger the vacuum will be.
Black Knight: Seismic Smash
- After a delay of raising his pole axe, the Black Knight smashes the shaft end on the ground to unleash a dark energy blast emitting from a dark-blue skull image in front of him (does this three times in total). The attack can be directed left and/or right like so, and is rather akin to Charming's Roar somewhat (only the flight path of the waves is a bit more erratic while not being solely ground-based).
Big Bad Wolf: Super Huff N' Puff
- A stronger version of his signature Huff N' Puff ability; Wolf inhales to massively suck in any nearby targets, then exhales a long Huff N' Puff with enough force to slam them and lasts for a set duration. The further away targets are however, the better their chances are of escaping it. Can be directed left and/or right while puffing.
Anthrax: Chaos Clouds
- A "copied version" of Donkey Stampede; Anthrax performs a slow striding headbutt charge that can be directed and allows for a jump mid charge, only it unleashes clouds (with angry eyes) from its rainbow trail that slowly rise up, allowing it to possibly weave a path to zone-out targets and to slam them.
Cyclops: Eye in the Sky
- For a set duration, Cyclops holds a giant eyeball in his hands overhead and tosses it downward and forward, repeating the process a few times. Strong attack can be pressed during the delay between each eye throw to toss the said eye(s) sooner each time, and the eyeballs bounce along surfaces, making it a hard attack to avoid in tight spaces where it can ricochet into targets.
Robin Hood: Merry Men Arrow Swarm
- Gestures forward for a support volley of arrows, which can be directed left and/or right and has three different firing patterns upon executing the Slam with the strong attack button. Tapping strong attack causes the arrows to fly straight forward in two v-formation volleys, holding it slightly causes them to hail in a downward arc in front of Robin Hood (can be directed more freely), while holding it down longer allows for the arrows to fire from random directions surrounding Robin Hood via the aforementioned downward arc (but cannot be directed).
G-nome: Earth Flytrap
- A Slam that is akin to Pinocchio's; G-nome sinks into the ground with a flora puddle emitting from his position as he speeds forward, allowing the player to direct his path and allows him to jump mid-charge. However, pressing strong attack causes him to flip upside-down to unleash a giant green flytrap plant that can also slam targets, acting as an anti-air for those who try to jump over G-nome during it.
- Has the same type of animation bug as the Buzz Bomber, where G-nome performs a non-damaging animation of his charge attack if he uses the flytrap attack (strong attack) as the finisher to the Slam.
- Stampedes forward with a rapid blast of fire while flying; the fire blasts count each as separate projectiles that can be reflected with strict timing (even though Slams are normally unblockable). Can use the right control stick (depending on the console) to direct Dronkey up and down during the attack, and can control where he also moves left and right with the left control stick.
Quasimodo: Ding Dong Doom
- Brings out one of his bells, and stampedes around as he rings it three times in order to slam his target(s) with the sound waves. Can jump during mid-slam and can control his direction.
Luna: Wicked Ride
- Hops on her broom in a surfing position to fly forward, then unleashes magical droplets that rain from her broom and unleash small explosions. While the left control stick is used to move her left and/or right like other similar Slams, the right control stick on the other hand, allows her to rise into the air or drop to the ground mid-flight.
Captain Hook: Seven Seas Cannonball Storm
- Gestures and laughs to summon a wad of cannonballs that rain down around him fried from his ship, along with having one last cannonball nearly hit him as he dodges in place (which can also slam targets). Like Robin Hood's Slam Attack, holding the strong attack button upon execution allows for different firing patterns; in Hook's case, the cannonballs instead rain down diagonally in a set line from the front or behind of him if the button is held down.
Humpty Dumpty: Scrambled Egg Spin
- Humpty Dumpty flips upside down, spinning to slam targets with powerful turnover kicks. Acts as a stampeding Slam where it's possible to direct where Humpty Dumpty moves and allowing him to jump during it.
- In the Story Mode, Chapter 5 (Bell Brawl) is the only chapter to have a teammate in it.
- You can see the stage Beanstalk from the stage Giant's Table.
- Doris (Ugly stepsister) is only available in the GBA version of the game.
- If you look at the pillars on the stage Romeo Drive next to the theater, you can see a poster for the Madagascar Video Game. (both published by Activision)
- In the Over the Hedge Video Game, when you unlock the projecter it will display that Shrek Super Slam is loading. (both published by Activision)