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Monster Madness is a top-down survival twin-stick shooter affectionately parodying B-Movies, notably monster movies. It's very reminiscent of Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Artificial Studios and Immersion Games were the original developers while Immersion and Psyonix Studios handled the port, and SouthPeak Interactive was Publisher for both iterations.

The Xbox 360 and PC versions, released in 2007, have the subtitle Battle for Suburbia, while the Polished Ports on the PlayStation 3 (released 2008) and Android (released 2011) have Grave Danger.

Has nothing to do with James Rolfe's Monster Madness.

This game provides examples of:

  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: You can unlock 3 extra clothing options by getting all the characters' Tier 2-3 weapons, every melee weapon, and beat the game on a certain difficulty, except Zack who you just need to complete the Bestiary and Jennifer where you need to S-Rank the game on Madness. The PS3/Android version has you doing various missions and mini-games.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti: Bigfoot is a standard enemy who likes to kick boulders.
  • Blood Knight: Billy. He has no alliance, he seeks revenge against the universe, he just waves his chainsaw around until it runs out of juice then he punches everything until his, or the universes', temporary defeat.
  • Brain in a Jar: The Principal is a brain in a jar controlling a mechanical suit.
  • Classic Cheat Code: By pausing during game play you can enter the Konami Code to access the cheat menu in the 360 version.
  • Co-Op Multiplayer: Four-player co-op play is available.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: After the characters fight their way through the catacombs and the Grim Reaper, they meet the janitor, who reveals that they could've rung a bell for him to open a door to take a shortcut.
  • Dead Weight: Fat Zombie is the strongest variation of zombie.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: Zack's Character Select idle chatter has him humming to the music.
  • Enemy Summoner:
    • Captain Bones can only be defeated by the heads of its conjured allies.
    • When a Harpy dies it'll lay an egg that'll hatch into another Harpy if you don't crack it fast enough.
    • Witches can drop black cats.
  • The Engineer: Gremlins are a Type One with tennis ball turrets and that cursed wrench.
  • Escort Mission: In one part, you have to escort the janitor to his destination.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies
  • Evil Counterpart: The Ghoul Squad, Death has summoned a rag-tag bunch of concentrated evil based on the fears and dislikes of the Heroes.
    • Anthony: A hard working, shotgun wielding, country boy with a raccoon eating his head. Andy's long torturer.
    • Butch: Mean, stupid, and strong as Hell with a minigun in tow. Death's "gift" to Zack.
    • Clarisse: Just a demon who exists, with nothing worth noting, no special powers, no special looks, just a demon. This boggles Carrie's mind to no end.
    • Kelly: A rich, once beautiful, cheerleader who's face was destroyed by a mad plastic surgeon, now devoid a mouth and lips and a chip off her shoulder. Jennifer doesn't care much.
  • Expy: Mr. Huggles has no relation to a large purple dinosaur.
  • Face Fault: After the characters learn from the janitor that they could have taken a shortcut, they fall over backwards with their feet sticking up in the air.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Lawrence Thompson and Mr. Huggles
  • Ferris Wheel of Doom: The kids topple the ferris wheel with the mechs and it goes rolling across the fairground.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: The Ghoul has one, Mr. Griswold, sewed to its back. Griswold can even stun and blind you with a camera flash.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Billy, doubles with Freudian Excuse.
    Marked for a loser from birth, Billy was put up for adoption and was denied promptly for being totally boring, uninteresting, and a slightly scary child. Growing up, Billy had many pets... But none of them would play with him. This losing streak continued up to the current Monster Madness. Seeing an opportunity to fit in, he sided with the Monsters. Once again rejected, he now takes his frustration out on anything in his way.
  • Status Effects:
    • Slow and Disarm: Mummies have locusts and Undead Bikers use smoke grenades, Spiders can only slow. You and your teammates can lay down sticky glue
    • Stun/Freeze: Frankie shocks, Banshees scream, Fat Zombies fart, and Ice Demons freeze, Ghouls can blind and stun with a camera flash, Gremlins throw their wrench at you and take you stuff.
    • Fear: Cats, Zombie Dogs, and Undead Hands latch onto and make you run around all willy-nilly;
    • Lift and Drop: Ghosts and Harpies
    • Possess": Ghosts can do this, decreasing movement speed for the ability to spew a green goop that's potentially [split pea soup,
    • Burn: Imps and Fire Demons thrown fire balls while Zepplins, you, and your teammates throw Molotov Cocktails. In addition you and your team can use a flamethrower gun and robot arm.
  • Storming the Castle: Level 15.
  • Taking You with Me:
    • When near death, or on fire, an Explosive Zombie will rig itself to explode and run in your general vicinity.
    • The Principle tries this when defeated.
  • Title Drop: When Larry is explaining tokens:
    Larry: … with enough of them we may just be able to stop this… this monster madness!