Excerpt: The gameplay is relatively simple. You must take your monkey from the start of each level to the goal by tilting the level to make him roll there. But fear not, they have made it a billion times easier (and funner) by giving you a third person perspective behind your monkey...ball. The player uses only the control stick to control the level, although sometimes, you press the A button out of habit hoping for your monkey to jump.
Summary: Sega’s Super Monkey Ball for Nintendo GameCube will keep you rolling! Tilt the stages just right and your monkey will zip down ramps, launch across a vast ocean, and maneuver through party games galore. Because they inhabit a transparent ball, the four versatile monkeys can act as a bowling ball (with pretty impressive spin), golf ball, and billiard ball. And the party doesn’t end there!
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Summary: The recent announcement that Sega is going to go
multi-platform and develop games for companies that were previously competitors
sent shockwaves through the electronic gaming community. The biggest fear of
gamers was that the company would lose its way and it reputation for creating
quirky, yet innovative and highly playable games.
Excerpt: This game resembles Marble Madness but is much harder. You control a ball with a monkey inside to the goal of each level. The entire screen moves instead of just the ball when you are rolling the monkey around, making the game pretty to control. Graphics, sound and control are decent, but the real draw is the unique gameplay and multiplayer modes.
Excerpt: I had bought Minority Report, and said \'This game stinks!\', so I took it back to EB Games. There I stood for half an hour, trying to decide what to trade the game in for, when I decided on Monkey Ball. What the hey. I\'d heard it was fun. Now here I am, writing about this incredibly challenging port of niche Japanese arcade game, which actually is more suited to parties. Hmm.
Excerpt: While I agree with Peter's review for the most part, I wouldn't say that the barrel of monkeys was completely full. I had to knock a few points off, partially because I don't think monkeys are intrinsically entertaining, and mainly because I found the game's technical shortfalls were serious enough to detract from my overall enjoyment. Looking at the main game, I found it to be incredibly too difficult for anyone except experienced players past the Beginner level.
Excerpt: According to ESRB , this game contains: Mild Violence Parents will appreciate Super Monkey Ball for its universal appeal to both male and female gamers and for its multiplayer options so that players won't have to wait long in-between turns. Nintendo GameCube owners are the only ones who can play this GameCube exclusive game. Fans of arcade games will enjoy the similarities between Super Monkey Ball and Ataris classic Marble Madness.
Excerpt: Brad says in his review that a sequel can't get a good score by serving up "more of the same." But despite his claims to the contrary, Super Monkey Ball 2 serves up what is essentially the same experience as the first game. Super Monkey Ball 2 doesn't reinvent the concept of rolling monkeys around in balls, and it doesn't have to.
Excerpt: There's just something charming about a game in which you must roll monkeys around in balls to collect bananas and avoid falling off to your untimely demise. Maybe it's the simplicity of the concept, or maybe it's just that the execution is just so solid that you can't avoid but to like the game. In a word, Super Monkey Ball is fun.
Pros: Fun, yet simple gameplay, Addictive multiplayer modes, Catchy music
Cons: More single player modes would have been nice, Camera can sometimes cause unfair deaths