Monsters, Inc. Scream Team
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|Monsters, Inc. Scream Team|
|Developer(s)||Artificial Mind and Movement (PS1 & PS2)
Disney Interactive (PC)
Sony Computer Entertainment
Sony Computer Entertainment
Monsters, Inc. Scream Team (Monsters, Inc. Scare Island in Europe and Monsters Inc. Monster Academy in Japan) is a platform game published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation. It is based on the 2001 animated film Monsters Inc.. and the game was released in the United States in 2001 and in the PAL region in 2002. In 2011, the game was made available on the PlayStation Store for digital download.
Mike and Sulley try to get a job at Monsters, Inc. by going to Scare Island in order to train to become top scarers. Scaring human children serves the purpose of generating energy for the monsters' society. As explored in the movie, human children are believed to be highly dangerous, toxic, even. This is the cause for the game's setting being a simulation.
Even though Mike Wazowski is portrayed in the movie as a mere assistant, we learn here that their training went exactly the same, with both performing to wonderful extents. As Mike becomes a mere assistant, the game proves to tackle themes like inequality and unfair job opportunities and conditions.
This 12-level game begins after completion of an orientation program hosted by Roz, who shows the monsters the basics of their training. The levels are divided among three training grounds located on Scare Island. With names hinting at the nature of their design, the Urban Training Grounds, Desert Training Grounds and Arctic Training Grounds contain four areas to be explored. Each region ranges in scenery from a city park to a frozen lake, and players can choose to play as either Sulley or Mike, with each monster having different moves and scare abilities.
The objective of the game is to successfully scare all the robot children (known as "Nerves") on the island and graduate from monster training with top honors. This is accomplished by collecting bronze, silver and gold medals that are awarded throughout the game. The bronze medal can be obtained by scaring five Nerves on a level; the silver medal can be obtained by finding and collecting 10 "Monsters, Inc." Tokens scattered on a level; and the gold medal can be obtained by scaring all the 8 Nerves of a level. Obtaining the bronze medal in each sub-level of one training ground unlocks a hidden item that may help the player reach previously unreachable areas. By each level the player beats, he or she unlocks a clip of the Monsters, Inc. film.
Items used include Extra Try Tokens (that gives extra lives to the player), Monsters, Inc. Tokens (that earn silver medals for every ten collected) and Primordial Ooze, which is the substance that gives the monsters their scare power. The random Bag O' Calories increases health, while mailboxes provide tips and information vital to the player's success. Nerves and items may be hidden, but can be discovered by searching in and around boxes and other objects.
|Henry Waternoose||James Coburn|
|Ms. Flint||Bonnie Hunt|
- Additional voices provided by and Shaun Fleming.
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