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Super Monkey Ball: Adventure PS2 Review
31 May 2010
Excerpt: When the words super, monkey and ball come together, most fans know what to expect. The simple idea of locking cute chimps inside balls and rolling them around levels, which range from stupidly easy to infuriatingly difficult, is what Super Monkey Ball has been built on top of.
Excerpt: After five years of filling the console scene with just puzzle-filled games, Sega has enlisted the services of Traveller's Tales to take the Super Monkey Ball crew out of that comfort zone and place them in a pseudo-platforming adventure, with classic puzzle areas littered throughout the main game...
Excerpt: Who doesn't love monkeys? I'm not embarrassed to say that I do. Ever since I was a small boy I've wanted a pet monkey, and even today my sister makes monkey noises when she sees me, as if to remind me that owning a pet monkey is a dream that will never come true.
Excerpt: Sega’s Super Monkey Ball series has been known for it’s easy to pickup mechanics and overall unique gameplay experience. Although it bears a few resemblances to titles such as Marble Blast, racing through puzzles and participating in minigames is like nothing else when you’re playing as a monkey in...
Excerpt: Unlike SMB Deluxe, which placed story scenes between traditional puzzle levels, TT made the mistake of patterning SMBA's story mode after the absolute worst Rare fetch quests on the N64. You're given task after task to complete - with few of them leading anywhere, and even fewer being fun to do.
Conclusion: Slightly better controls, slightly worse framerate and equally blah adventure and mildly distracting party games leave this just as middle-of-the-road as the PS2 version. But hey, at least it's the same thing only portable, right?
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Super Monkey Ball aficionados will get more out of this game from the get go than those new to the series. However, those that persevere will find an enjoyable, cute and fun take on your standard platform adventure with moments of pleasure and pain along the way.