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Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 action-adventure video game based on the DreamWorks Animation film of the same name. It notably has the voice talents of Seth Rogen, Reese Witherspoon, Will Arnett and Rainn Wilson reprising their roles from the film. It was developed by Beenox and released by Activision for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

Tropes shown in this game:

  • Adaptational Badass: Most of the characters are this.
    • Susan is much more proactive in the game than she ever was in the movie. In the movie, she did very little while trapped in the hidden base, ran from the alien probe before fighting it when she had no other options and didn't Take a Level in Badass until she had to fight it. In the game, she actively arranges an escape from the base (and is only stopped at the last possible minute) and goes out of her way to fight not only the alien robot but another, much larger scorpion robot as well. All while demonstrating some pretty flashy karate moves too!
    • The Missing Link kicks butt all throughout the game, whereas in the film he got knocked around until the climax. Notably, he plays a major part in defeating the alien probe, while in the movie he was knocked out early on and contributed nothing to the fight.
    • Even B.O.B. gets in on the fun. In the original movie, almost everything he eats gets digested in seconds. Here, he can carry objects in his literal Stomach of Holding, help him hold still over grates, and fire them at will, allowing for more tactical usage for his blobby nature.
    • While it was no slouch in the movie, the Robot Probe is more active when chasing Ginormica, firing lasers at her, making mile-wide leaps to try to get to her and is tailed and defended by hundreds of smaller robot probes that attack her and the rest of team monster.
    • Gallaxhar's own military gets much more variety. In the original movie, it's either a mere Me's a Crowd Mooks situation or an army of miner robots that can go toe-to-toe with the military. Here, Gallaxhar has a lot more up his arsenal, with smaller, more specialized droids designed for offense while invading enemy regions as well as defensive ones meant to protect the stronger ones from parasites such as Missing Link and B.O.B. Speaking of Gallaxhar...
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Gallaxhar's computer goes from sounding like a seductive date in the movie, to sounding like his catty teenage daughter.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Though he's quite physically capable in the film, on top of cobbling together hi-tech gadgetry on the fly, Dr. Cockroach sits out the action as the game's Mission Control.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The game shows more details on how the monsters left the hidden base as well as an entirely new chapter that takes place between the San Francisco attack and when she gets abducted.
  • Adapted Out: Derek is completely absent from the game's storyline. Although it is mentioned she was mutated on her wedding day, Susan never mentions him at any point and the scene where she sadly sits on a gas station roof is repurposed to involve her sulking about having to fight another alien robot.
  • Behemoth Battle: Downplayed whenever Ginormica fights an enemy her size or larger.
  • Body of Bodies: The Drone Golem, a large drone made out of other drones joining themselves together.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Veronica Shapely, one of the reporters originated from this game.
    • The U.S. Avenger also originated from the game.
    • The Scorpion Robot which attacks the monsters in place of Gallaxhar's ship in Chapter 3.
  • Colossus Climb: Much of the Missing Link’s levels are climbs up the large robots encountered through the game.
  • Co-Op Multiplayer: The game can be played cooperatively with up to two players, with the second player playing as Dr. Cockroach's multiplayer robot.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The player shoots an endless wave of flying robots as Dr. Cockroach while the monsters cheer them on.
  • Final Boss: All 3 playable characters face one of these during the end of Chapter 4.
    • For Link, it's a Dual Boss rematch with both the Large Drone and the Drone Golem.
    • For B.O.B, it's the ship's core as it is a Load-Bearing Boss and triggers the self-destruct sequence after it's destroyed.
    • For Susan, it's Gallaxhar himself after he releases his Flying Saucer after her.
  • Grind Boots: Ginormica wears them to grind on rails.
  • Humongous Mecha:
    • Both of the alien robots and the U.S. Avenger.
    • Ginormica faces numerous ones closer to her size as regular enemies.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Dr. Cockroach says "I'm a scientist, not a roller derby enthusiast!"
  • In-Character Commentaries: They can be unlocked in the DNA mapping, but some are from the development team as well.
  • Insistent Terminology: For some reason, Link is always referred to as The Missing Link, never just Link.
  • Irony: B.O.B., the stupidest of the playable monsters, is the one with gameplay based around solving puzzles.
  • Marathon Level: "More Aliens", the final level for the Missing Link. Not only does it have multiple long segments, but it also has a rematch with both the Large Drone and the Drone Golem and another segment after that!
  • Mission Control: Dr. Cockroach assists Ginormica, the Missing Link and B.O.B. via a communicator.
  • Non-Action Guy: Dr. Cockroach becomes this.
  • Press X to Not Die: There are Quick Time Events to open doors and dodge attacks as Ginormica. As always, failing them usually results in instant death.
  • Revolting Rescue: Susan/Ginormica falls off a rocket. Insectosaurus notices this and shoots out a very long snot rocket for Ginormica to grab onto like a rope.
  • Score Multiplier: There are DNA multipliers found throughout the game.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Twofold with the monsters' attempted escape from the military base. Not only do they get caught right at the exit, but they end up being released a day later to fight the alien probe anyway.
  • Starter Villain: The U.S. Avenger is the first antagonist the monsters face. It is a large treaded robot that General Monger created to help keep them contained.
  • Tinfoil Hat: In the opening cutscene, Cuthbert wears a tinfoil hat to prevent aliens from spotting him.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Ginormica wears a different outfit in each chapter:
    • Chapter 1: the grey-and-orange monster uniform she wears for most of the movie;
    • Chapter 2: a red-and-orange version of her monster uniform seen in advertising but not in the movie itself;
    • Chapter 3: a completely original outfit consisting of a green shirt and blue jeans;
    • Chapter 4: the Sensual Spandex she wears upon being abducted by Gallaxhar for the last third of the movie.