Reviews and Problems with Super Monkey Ball Deluxe
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Super Monkey Ball Deluxe PS2 Review
31 May 2010
Excerpt: The first time we got to control monkeys in balls was on the GameCube with the aptly titled Super Monkey Ball, where it soon established itself as a hugely enjoyable title, and later received a sequel. The key ingredient for the series is that the single player and multi-player games are entirely different from one another assuring that there is plenty for everyone. The series has now found its way to the PS2 and Xbox with this jam-packed deluxe edition.
Excerpt: It’s a MONKEY. In a BALL. And you move the WORLD around the MONKEY! This concise and brilliant premise was the concept behind Super Monkey Ball. The balancing masterpiece by Toshihiro Nagoshi’s Amusement Vision was the SEGA department’s flagship during their glory days and, we would argue, the strongest title by far in the European Gamecube launch line-up.
Excerpt: You just can’t go wrong with simple, yet addicting gameplay. Super Monkey Ball may seem like old news to Gamecube owners, but now PS2 and Xbox owners can see what they’ve been missing with Super Monkey Ball deluxe.
Excerpt: SMB is a lot like the phrase "kill them with kindness" because everything here is cute and happy, sometimes to the point it will make you crazy. The game follows the story of four little monkeys: AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, and GonGon, who must recover all their bananas, which were stolen by the evil Dr. Bad-boon. The monkeys are all cute, their little monkey language is cute, the story is supposed to be cute, but is kind of insane - you just need to experience it for yourself.
Conclusion: The biggest factor working against Super Monkey Ball Deluxe is the time between the original GameCube releases of the Super Monkey Ball games and their consolidated latter-day arrival on the Xbox and PlayStation 2. There are probably a few tweaks that would've made Super Monkey Ball Deluxe a more attractive package, such as enhanced graphics or online play, but the biggest help would've been if it had come out about two years earlier.
Pros: Same challenging Monkey Ball gameplay, Staggering number of levels, Great multiplayer games.
Conclusion: The game is going to have a total of 300 stages to play on, with a breakdown of 114 from Super Monkey Ball, 140 from Super Monkey Ball 2, and 46 new stages for deluxe. Also, instead of the different difficulty levels being divided up, they will gently blend one into another. This edition will also have the twelve party games from the first two Super Monkey Ball games.