Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. The graphics and sound are well put together, the license is put to great use and the gameplay itself is both original and a homage to retro shooters.
  2. If you have a choice, play the much-better Game Boy Advance version of Monster House.
  3. It's painfully obvious Monster House was a cheap, easy cash-in attempt on the movie, and while other platforms might not fare so poorly, buying Monster House for the Nintendo DS can't be seen as anything other than a mistake.
  4. So even though Monster House is better than your average kid's movie game, I just have to imagine most kids will put this down long before I did, and go do something more meaningful, like climb a tree or read a book. [Oct. 2006, p.110]
  5. 70
    Feel[s] more like a legitimate game rather than a rushed tie-in.
  6. Monster House for the DS copies the Smash TV formula with mostly positive results.
  7. 70
    It does well what it means to do: provide some action-packed amusement for a younger crowd. Yet if you're an old-school parent grabbing it for your kids, you might want to sneak some time in too, as long as you don't expect anything more than light entertainment.
  8. Despite its repetitiveness and the unfortunate lack of multiplayer modes, Monster House is good game that's perfect for some violence on the run.
  9. Monster House is a game that I think will make your 7-12 year old fairly happy. As an adult I found that it could get a little repetitive, but my son has spent way more time playing and shows no signs of letting up.
  10. 55
    The game doesn't borrow enough from the games it's lifting its ideas from - it's got the graphics engine and the control down, but what it needs is the quick pace and aggressive action to give Monster House that addictive element that made those similar games so classic.
  11. But for the most part, the gameplay emphasizes Monster House's biggest flaw: repetition. Rooms and enemies seem nearly identical from one to the next, so there's very little incentive to progress.
  12. Monster House is a surprisingly difficult game, but there's plenty of innovation and fun for those prepared to work at it.
  13. The DS adaption wears out its welcome really quickly with its repetitive gameplay.
  14. It's not the perfect game and will probably lead some kids into early carpal tunnel syndrome and hand cramping, but for the five hours it takes to complete, Monster House is a blast to play.

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