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Monsters vs Aliens review

Who will win? Not the buyer of this game


  • Monsters!
  • Aliens!
  • Slightly less wearisome puzzle levels!


  • Leaden platforming
  • Dire cutscenes
  • Lame stylus use

Apart from minor indiscretions in junior high, we’re a decent bunch. So we wonder if we did something terrible in a past life that is coming back to haunt us as movie tie-in Monsters vs Aliens.

Sit through dire cutscenes and a hodge-podge of character-specific challenges appear. There are three types of leaden platforming where you use ‘special’ powers; city-destroying stages where skyscrapers tinkle to the ground like broken crockery; and slightly less wearisome puzzle levels. Occasional stylus-based tasks feel superficial, and the graphics are far removed from the snazzy animation of the movie. Amazingly, this costs full-price. For that you could see the movie and buy a ton of snacks.

Apr 20, 2009

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DescriptionBased on an upcoming DreamWorks animated movie, Monsters vs Aliens allows you to play as various characters, including The Missing Link, the macho half-ape, half-fish; the gelatinous, indestructible and always hungry B.O.B.; Ginormica, the 49-foot-11-inch tall woman and Insectosaurus, the 350-foot tall grub. 
PlatformPC, PS2, Wii, DS, Xbox 360, PS3
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor rating7+
Release date24 March 2009 (US), 27 March 2009 (UK)