Monster House PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Jul 18, 2006
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
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  1. Again, like 'Resident Evil', 'Monster House' is not all about eviscerating hair-raising beasties. There are puzzles throughout the levels too but most are of the find-and-place-an-object-here or push-this-crate-there variety.
  2. Play Magazine
    80
    Performances by the movie cast (gotta love Skull's wisdom) and this is pretty much E-rated paradise. [Sept 2006, p.59]
  3. he game offers furious water gun shooting action with great graphics and sound, but has problems with various camera angles and in-game bugs.
  4. There's room for improvement — it would have been cool to give players the option of playing as all three kids at the same time — but Monster House is a pretty solid effort that even packs in a playable version of the satirically-primitive "Thou Art Dead Dead" arcade game that appears in the movie. Now that's what we call a full house.
  5. Monster House looks good and sounds good, and combined with THQ’s attention to the film, the game has atmosphere in spades. That’s the real selling point of the title.
  6. 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.
  7. AceGamez
    70
    Like many movie games, it lacks the shiny coat of polish that major game productions bring to the table, but for its intended audience, Monster House rises above much of its competition to deliver a fun game that is faithful in every way to its license.
  8. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    Monstrous creations that are just scary enough for third-graders make this a good substitute for grotesque grown-up survival horror. [Oct. 2006, p.88]
  9. 68
    It would've been great to have a bit more variety in monsters or more replayability, but for what it's worth, it's a fun experience for younger gamers looking for a title in the slower summer months.
  10. Monster House draws inspiration from the myriad array of Mature rated survival horror games all while keeping it rated E10+. It’s a fun, scary romp that’s perfect for fans of the movie and tykes that like goosebumps.
  11. Games Master UK
    63
    On the scale of CGI movie licenses, this is up there with "Madagascar." Average, then. [Oct 2006, p.70]
  12. Overall, and to pretty much nobody’s surprise whatsoever, Monster House is just another wasted opportunity that’ll likely be forgotten about before the movie it’s based on even reaches DVD.
  13. 60
    This one should keep the kids occupied for a weekend or two but will not be a game that holds a players interest a long time.
  14. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    An upbeat adventure that, while simple, throws up enough laughs and chlid-friendly horror thrills to entertain its inteded early teens audience. [Oct 2006, p.105]
  15. Monster House is a breezy summer title for the kids that will keep them busy for a while, but it doesn't take full advantage of its impressive source material and leaves its players wishing for better.
  16. PSM Magazine
    55
    You're repeatedly fighting the same old bad buys and backtracking through the same old areas, which gets old quickly. [Oct 2006, p.85]
  17. PSM3 Magazine UK
    52
    Initially it's OK, but as the variety of ghouls dries up and the camera becomes more of an issue Monster House slides into the type of mediocrity that games publishers believe that young kids deserve. [Oct 2006, p.87]
  18. 50
    It's just one extended chair wrecking, box-shoving session. And that's a house of pain, to be sure.
  19. Unfortunately, the entire look of the game is marred by choppy graphics.
  20. One of the good things about the game is that it targets both boys and girls with its characters from the film -- and let's face it - you don't see too many fat kids getting leading roles in films animated or otherwise.
  21. It's easy to pick up and play, has generally tip-top production values, has a moreish appeal and only a couple of bits where parents might have to help out the little ones. Sadly, grown-ups needn't feel like they're missing out, for as much as it contains most of the ingredients that should make it interesting to everyone, Monster House quickly becomes too repetitive and shallow to deliver on its early promise.
  22. Good harmless fun, but there are more creative and better-value children's games available. Enter at your own risk.
  23. Excellent atmosphere notwithstanding, this third-person action game is hobbled by tedious combat and a number of dubious design problems.
  24. 40
    Knowing THQ could have done worse isn't a glowing compliment though, and at forty bucks and four hours, the little side-scrolling mini-game included (played by spending tokens you find in the main game) and lame unlockables add no real value.
  25. It costs a lot more than the movie and isn't that much longer. You might want to just take your kids to the theater again.
  26. 40
    A game needs more than good atmosphere. Monster House could have been a spiritual successor to the GameCube launch title, Luigi’s Mansion, and rips off plenty of elements from Nintendo’s haunted, vacuum cleaner-endowed game. It just doesn’t do it very well.
  27. I could mention other issues; like the fact that the whole game barely takes 3 hours to complete, the inclusion of a lame 2-D bonus game, or the lack of any sort of multiplayer features; but to complain any further would just be beating a very dead horse.

Awards & Rankings

90
#90 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
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  1. Jun 8, 2013
    0
    Boring and not funny nor entertaining, it is just a big waste of time with boring game play and mediocre visuals that won't interest you at all!