IGN: "The Nintendo DS already has a seemingly endless supply of mini-game compilations to choose from and Shrek's Carnival Craze Party Games fails to match up even to the mediocre ones. There's absolutely nothing new offered here, and what is offered has been done better many times before. At best boring and at worst unplayable, the included 28 mini-games fail to inspire player enjoyment of any sort. Not even Shrek's charmingly antisocial brand of humor can save the game from the mire of bad gameplay and uninspired visuals. I'd say that the only people who should even consider purchasing Shrek's Carnival Craze are diehard fans of the franchise – but frankly I wouldn't recommend it to them, either."