Excerpt: Monster House was a charming but dark movie that I reviewed a few months back, so when the game came in, I was intrigued enough to pop it in. I was pleasantly surprised when it booted up, as Monster House is first and foremost a shooter, where I was expecting more of a kiddified adventure. The game doesn't follow the movie, per se, but rather it picks up when the kids get sucked into the house itself.
Excerpt: What's this we have here then? Another video game based on a children's movie. While that previous sentence has probably turned away the majority of you, think about the poor souls who have to review movie-licensed games, and in particular those designed for kids. These, often rushed, games generally suffer from a few major problems, whether it be a forced control scheme, shoddy presentation, horrific load times, or simply a general lack of polish.
Excerpt: The level design takes advantage of each character’s unique attributes. If you’re in control of Chowder, you can expect fewer enemies, yet battles that are every bit as tough because your adversaries can take a lot of damage and keep right on attacking. Jenny, meanwhile, is constantly swarmed by animated chairs and other menaces that will bite savagely into her life meter if she doesn’t keep moving wide of their assault.
Excerpt: Nearly every scene from the movie is represented, beginning with the kids driving Officer Lander's car into the house's "mouth," and ending with the final confrontation between bulldozer and Mama house. Shoehorned between those scenes are nine other levels where the player has to explore every nook and cranny inside the house, controlling the kids individually and hunting for a way out, which generally involves unlocking doors and shooting anything that movies.
Conclusion: Licensed games aren't supposed to be solid. They're supposed to be rushed, or look bad, or control poorly or not deliver the style of the source material. Monster House is none of these things, it's pretty, fun and interesting, just don't expect an epic.
Excerpt: Der Weg von der Kinoleinwand in die heimische Spielkonsole ist recht kurz und heutzutage nicht selten. Genügend halbwegs vernünftige Filme haben schon einige oft weniger genügende Gameableger geschaffen. Zugegeben - einige Perlen waren auch darunter. Nun beschert man uns Monster House für die PS2. Wo dürfen wir diesen Titel einordnen? Beim qualitativ minderwertigen Mercandise oder als must-have für Fans des gleichnamigen Films? Mehr dazu in unserem Review!
Pros: Man greift auf Originalsprecher zurück
Cons: Spieldauer einer durchnschnittlichen Demo, Grausame Steuerung, Verwirrende Kamera