Monster Madness: Grave Danger

SouthPeak Roundup

RooGoo, Monster Madness PS3, Dream Pinball.

SouthPeak has had a ropey start, but its goals are ambitious. We've seen a couple of examples of this already in Two Worlds and Monster Madness, and there are others such as Edge of Twilight, and X-Blades sitting promisingly on the distant horizon. But before that, SouthPeak has the PS3 "overhaul" of Monster Madness to offer us, as well as a Xbox Live Arcade offering called RooGoo. So we picked up our pads and put them through their paces.

Monster Madness

Monster Madness

Zombies ate my gameplay.

There's a moment in the first Charlie's Angels film, that underrated and (literally and figuratively) flab-less movie, when Drew Barrymore tumbles semi-naked from the sky into a suburban garden. Two young teenage boys are sat playing Final Fantasy VIII in the front room inside. As they catch sight of her unexpected curves through the double-glazing, the pair pause the game and stare, mouths agog, as this fallen angel slinks off into the night and their forthcoming puberty-soaked dreams.

It's unusual that Hollywood would choose this videogame to illustrate the scene for two reasons. Firstly because, y'know, it's not actually a two-player game and secondly because, regardless of Final Fantasy VIII's merits, a JRPG is probably not representative of what the average non-game playing movie-goer imagines a typical videogame to look and play like.

Despite Wii Sports' educational stabs at the mainstream consciousness, videogames remain, in the minds of the uninitiated populace, hyperactive experiences for kids with short attention spans. They're about little cartoony characters running about dementedly, killing one another in gruesome and repetitive ways. Ask the average Joe what happens in most videogames and they'll probably talk of running over zombies in big-wheeled cars, of maiming axe-murderers with sawn-off shotguns, hurled trash cans and big swords; of a juvenile symphony of camp destruction and brainless button-mashing.

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Ghoul just have to wait.

SouthPeak Interactive has signed a deal to publish Artificial Studios' Monster Madness on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 next February - with other titles to follow.