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  • Summary: Our story begins in a typical house on a Friday night, one seemingly like any other within the quiet, safe streets of Suburbia. Zack is at home on a "study date" with Carrie, though he is desperately trying to interest her in more than just his math skills. While Zack is preparing toOur story begins in a typical house on a Friday night, one seemingly like any other within the quiet, safe streets of Suburbia. Zack is at home on a "study date" with Carrie, though he is desperately trying to interest her in more than just his math skills. While Zack is preparing to proclaim his eternal devotion, his friend Andy busts in, pestering Zack to finish the design for a new rocket-powered skateboard. Before Zack can order him and others to leave, some unexpected guests suddenly arrive and these guys are hungry...FOR BRAINS! Zombies break through the front door, and Zack's house is soon swarming with the Undead. The four intrepid teenagers manage to contain their fright, and using all sorts of household weaponry they actually fend off this zombie assault. However now they must contend with a full-scale suburban invasion, and everything from Werewolves to Witches are on the rampage - Oh My! And where has everyone else gone? Together, Zack, Carrie, Andy, and Jennifer resolve to wage a Battle for Suburbia, rescue their missing neighbors, and discover the ultimate source of this monster onslaught. The secrets they'll uncover throughout this adventure will explain the shocking truth behind their little town. [SouthPeak Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. But rough edges aside, Artificial has buttoned up the game as well as can be expected given the amount of interactive objects they've peppered throughout the game. [May 2007, p.58]
  2. Although it does have a couple of flaws like a temperamental camera and some slowdown, as well as controls that take a little getting used to, it's such a blast to play and very addictive once you get into it.
  3. 65
    With a lengthy campaign and decent multiplayer, it is only a shame Monster Madness doesn’t play too particularly well but does add up to be an experience like no other.
  4. If you have two or more gamers in your household that are interested in this style of game, it may be worth a weekend rental. If you’re looking for a game that’s fun single player, or online, you need to pass on this title.
  5. A counterintuitive control scheme, oddly balanced difficulty, obnoxiously repetitive combat, and a nearly useless camera in co-op mode. Eventually such problems become too numerous and too annoying to tolerate, turning what could have been a simple monster-killing romp into a scattered, clumsy mess.
  6. Indeed, while it’s not an abomination by any means, and can provide some mild entertainment (more so on multiplayer mode), it’s by no means worth more than a rent.
  7. 35
    Monster Madness will make you tear your hair out in frustration before it bores you to death.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. [Anonymous]
    Jun 9, 2007
    10
    Its fun its very quick and nimble and it shows that you can do alot of things in this game than you can do in any other game.
  2. Zanto
    Sep 25, 2007
    9
    1: E. A., stfu. You should not be allowed to reproduce or breath. We hope your thumbs get cut off, your penis shrunken even smaller than it1: E. A., stfu. You should not be allowed to reproduce or breath. We hope your thumbs get cut off, your penis shrunken even smaller than it is, and your 360 get Red ring of death. Thank you.

    2: This game is a must for all owners of a 360 who enjoy some good old fashioned top down arcade zombie killin'. The controls are good, the presentation is just awesome, and the overall game is just pure fun, whether it be single player or multi. It's hard as fuck, and lack of checkpoints at crucial moments are bothersome, but it's still a great game.
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  3. Nov 16, 2012
    8
    Definitely a different type of fun action game with dozens of intelligently designed monsters, zombies, creatures and some interesting weaponsDefinitely a different type of fun action game with dozens of intelligently designed monsters, zombies, creatures and some interesting weapons and good venues :) Collapse
  4. IgnatiusC.
    Jul 13, 2007
    7
    Honestly, its a fun little beat'em up style when played with friends. If I saw it at half the regular retail price I'd definitely buy it.
  5. Apr 23, 2015
    7
    Monster Madness is kind of a spiritual successor to the classic game 'Zombies Ate My Neighbors.' You have these cartoony characters, who goMonster Madness is kind of a spiritual successor to the classic game 'Zombies Ate My Neighbors.' You have these cartoony characters, who go around, and demolish zombies throughout town. But, despite the excellent source of inspiration, this game falls short. It's not necessarily a bad game, but there is something dissatisfying about it.

    1. The controls are too complicated. This has the earmarks of a casual, easy to pick up game, yet it it is very difficult to control your character. A game like this should only use a single analog stick, and have at most three, maybe four buttons.

    2. It feels like you're hitting air. When you attack zombies you don't really get that 'crunch' feeling, like something is registering. Improved sounds and animations for hits are sorely needed.

    3. There is a lack of humor. I know that the game looks fun and cartoony, but the characters do not live up to expectations. There are no laugh out loud moments, and since this is a parody of the zombie genre, that should be there. Funniness would have added a lot to this game. Wise cracks, puns, jokes should've been a major component of the title. When you look at the cover of the video game it looks so silly, but once you get past the comics, there isn't much.

    4. Single player mode needs two characters on screen to interact with each other. I know that this is meant to be played with friends, but I still believe, when you play on single player mode, you ought to be able to select more than one character. You should be able to select your character, plus someone else to accompany you; otherwise, there is a lack of chemistry. It feels like you're alone. That should not be the case when this game sells the characters as a parcel deal.

    5. The heads up display is rather confusing. Why not just use a regular life meter?

    In conclusion: I hope that South Peak comes back to this game in the future, and fixes all these problems. It's a game that could really work if tweaked. It was a good effort that only needs a bit of polishing.
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  6. StanStill
    Feb 26, 2009
    2
    This game was horrible.
    No thought was given to the first 15 minute game experience. Camera and level design is a great example of
    This game was horrible.
    No thought was given to the first 15 minute game experience. Camera and level design is a great example of anti-vision for a 3rd person game. HUD elements are completely confusing. Combat is seemingly random and unsatisfying.

    And finally, dreadful, generic character design. This game was made by a team for themselves with no thought of the end player.
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  7. E.A.
    Jun 17, 2007
    0
    People who enjoy this game should NOT be allowed to reproduce. People who made this game should not be allowed to breathe.