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      08.10.2009 16:02
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      Losing points on the single player but boy is it fun with your mates!

      In this game the main idea is that you move and tip a board in oder to navigate you monkey (in a ball) around obstacles and maze like routes. Obviously made difficult by the slopes, holes, gaps to jump, chutes, and collecting bananas. The main game is ok but not the most fun to play. However the best part of the super monkey ball game is the mini games. There are a host of other mini games for you and your friends to play. From racing, tennis, bowling and fighting there are lots of different mini games. I loved the monkey target game, you take it in turns to see who can get the higest score. Your monkey rolls down a slope and flies off the end, you gotta chose when to open the ball up into wings, to glide down and get a good score. However if you land in water you get zero points. This game is fun addictive and competative making it really fun to play. The other games are also fun and include lots of variety so you can play the game with your friends for hours. I loved this game and I think anyone looking for some fun multi player action should get this game to play. As its awesome

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      08.06.2009 05:58
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      If you can sit through the main game without going crazy it's worth buying just for the party games

      The only reason to play this game is for the mini-games inside. The main game is tedious, frustrating and repetitive. You have to tip the monkey (who's in a ball, hence the title) down slopes and chutes without going off the edge. When you've completed one maze/route/slope you move onto another. And another. It's pretty dull. Having said that, the "party games" are great fun! Unfortunately you have to unlock them by getting a certain amount of points in the main game but this can be avoided to some degree by accumulating enough points to unlock one party game, saving, and then killing it without saving after you've enjoyed your party games, so that you can restart next time from the "got enough points to unlock a party game but no party games unlocked" situation. The party games are as follows: - Monkey target. This is the best, and most original. Your monkey (in its ball) goes shooting down a ramp a bit like a ski jump, goes flying up in the air and you then open the ball into two halves which act like wings to enable the monkey to glide towards the target. When you close the ball up again the monkey falls - hopefully in the right place. The smaller the part of the target you aim for the more points, but if you land in the water you get no points. Also, amusingly, if you forget to close the ball the monkey splats on the ground and lies there twitching (also for no points). There is one bug in this mini-game in that occasionally after a monkey has safely landed the camera moving around him seems to knock him off somehow and he falls in the water even though he had already landed. - Monkey racing. This is my second favourite, probably because I'm useless at racing games (my boyfriend says that some of the items are really annoying for the people up front - I think it's great to be able to blast everyone ahead of me off the track!) There are 6 (or is it 8?) different routes and you can play them individually or as a grand prix. You can play by yourself (against the clock), with other people, or against computer opponents (or against a mixture of human and computer opponents). There is a mysterious "boost" that all the computer opponents get at the start of the game though that isn't mentioned in the manual and we've no idea how to do it! Unlike in most racing games, when you have to time it right, for this one it seems you have to be a computer! But it doesn't make much difference in the long run. Honestly, if you were just looking for a racing game, there are better ones out there, but this is still a lot of fun and very playable. - Monkey bowling. This is just like any bowling game, except that since you're a monkey in a ball, you're the ball, which I think is quite neat. Not much to explain here, since it's just like ten-pin bowling (I think there are some different options for other bowling variants too). Quite enjoyable. - Monkey tennis. Like normal tennis, with a few extra bits added in. Obviously you have to hit the ball, and try and put it somewhere where your opponent can't hit it back, but there are also bonuses you can get by being in the right place for a "smash" bonus. There are different options too, for playing singles or doubles against your opponent or against the computer, so given that I play with my boyfriend we've played singles against each other and doubles as a team against the computer, which was neat. (But we were absolutely terrible, as I recall. The computers wiped the floor with us.) You could also play doubles in teams if there were four of you, or play it with each team consisting of one human and one computer. - Monkey Fight. Like a boxing match. I can't remember this one so well, unfortunately, so I don't think it was that great. - Monkey Golf. This is quite fun. The course consists of two sets of nine holes. The first nine are reasonable and quite fun. The second nine are nigh-on impossible. And not impossible in a "man, that looks hard" kind of way, but in a "I don't actually understand how to physically do that" kind of way. You spend about ten shots getting restarted from the beginning just because you've shot off the edge trying to make the ball do a somersault in mid-air or something. But your opponent's in the same boat, so it's actually quite fun because the whole thing is so ridiculous. Worth playing a few times with new people to see the look on their faces when they suddenly get confronted with the first crazy course, if nothing else! You can change clubs and things as well as choosing angle and power, which gives it a nice extra dimension. - Monkey Billiards. Like snooker or pool except your monkey is the ball. I don't remember this one being that thrilling. - The main ones are Target and Racing - you could have hours of fun with either or both. The other thing to mention is that the music for Super Monkey Ball is really irritating - you just have to turn it off.

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      05.05.2009 14:35
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      Not worth the money

      Though this game contains one of my favourite mini games for the gamecube, I would not recommend buying this game nor would I say that it is a very good game. Essentially the game centres around doing things with a monkey inside a ball. If in single player this involves rolling the ball around a maze, collecting bananas as you go. If in multiplayer it involves competing in mini games with your 'monkeyball'. The good mini game I referred to is called Monkey Target. In this mini game you start off by rolling your monkey ball down a ramp to gain speed, you then open up the ball to form gliding wings. The objective is then to land on targets to score points. Different targets are worth differing amounts of points. In addition there are bananas to collect which give you upgrades. It is tremendous fun with a few people and is sure to fill an hour or two. Unfortunately, both the single player and other mini games (billiards, fight, bowling) are all fairly poor and you won't want to spend more than a quarter of an hour on them.

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      18.08.2006 16:41
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      Good fun - in fairly small doses!

      Following a temporary addiction to Luigi’s Mansion, I needed another fix for my Game Cube. At the time, the range of games available for the Game Cube wasn't (and still isn't) huge and I fancied a bit of a change. As a rather cautious chap when it comes to buying new games, I actually borrowed a copy of this for two weeks before I decided whether it was for me or not. Oh the convenience of games rental, eh? GAMEPLAY Perhaps the most appealing thing about this game is its simplicity. Sometimes, you don’t want to play a game for hours on end, or successively pick up from where you last got stuck. Super Monkey Ball is one of the few games that I can think of, that is a good old-fashioned “pick it up and play it” kind of game. As such, it is infinitely appealing to friends and visitors, who can watch you making a fool of yourself before doing the very same thing themselves!! The principal of the main game is really quite simple. You control a little monkey who, for reasons best left unexplained, is stuck instead a transparent ball. By using the various controls on the joypad, you make the little fellow move from left to right, backwards and forwards, faster and slower, and guide him around a variety of different assault courses. Needless to say, as each course is completed, you progress onto another, with each course becoming slightly more difficult than the last. The courses vary considerably in design and style, but they are all suspended in the middle of the air, so you need to stick very closely to the circuit or you will fall overboard, and the monkey will have to go back to the start again. Each course is timed, so you only have a fixed period in which to complete the courses. Initially, this is not a problem, but as the levels progress, beating the time becomes increasingly difficult. Initially, I was completely useless at this game. If you are rather heavy-handed like me, then you will probably struggle with this game to start with. I found that the slightest movement propelled the poor chimp at a rate of knots, and before I could stop him, he’d be hurtling over the cliff into oblivion. My advice from the outset would be to take things quite easy – gradually accustom yourself to the controls and make use of the (initially) generous time allowed to complete the course. As you progress around the course, there are a number of bananas suspended in mid-air, through which you need to roll. As you do so, the bananas will be added to your tally and your overall score will increase. For every 100 bananas you get, you earn an extra life. Although 100 sounds like quite a lot, some of the courses have quite a lot of bananas up for grabs, and you’ll be surprised how quickly they can mount up. Be careful though – the bananas are positioned in such a way that they will lead you into danger and difficulty. Whilst I was finding my feet, I would quite often leave the bananas behind, just to make sure I finished the course without “incident”. LEVELS AND OPTIONS When you first start the game, you go through a number of menu options to dictate how you play. There are three different levels of game play. Beginner has ten different courses, which you should be able to master and complete without too much practice. Advanced level has fifty different courses – these will take considerably more time to complete. Expert level has a further fifty levels and in my two weeks of game play, I’m ashamed to admit that I wasn’t able to complete them. There are also four different monkeys, each of which moves differently according to its size – although after a few beers, I have to say they become one and the same. The levels are all different in style and are set in a variety of locations, including a jungle and a city-scape. Initially, the levels comprise simple circuits, often with little barriers or walled edges that mean it is virtually impossible to fall off. As things progress, however, the levels become more challenging, with moving parts, objects that if struck cause you to recoil like a pin ball, slopes and narrow ledges. It’s all about having a steady hand, and the old adage “practice makes perfect” really applies here. A level that seems impossible at first quickly becomes accomplished after several attempts. One thing I couldn’t get my head around was how the principle of lives was administered. Despite continually falling off the edges, I would find myself with more and more lives to keep playing. Every now and again, you also come across bonus rounds, where there are hundreds of extra bananas up for grabs. When I initially played these, I just hurtled around all over the place, grabbing what I could, but you quickly realise that there is more method required than madness. Sadly, progress can only be saved when you have completed a stage of difficulty. This is not a problem with the ten Beginner levels, but if you were to run out of lives on level 49 of the Expert level, you’d have to go all the way back to level 1. This could be a major source of frustration to the committed gamer! SCREENS, GRAPHICS AND SOUND EFFECTS Monkey Ball was originally available as an arcade game and it has certainly retained this feel for the Game Cube. The graphics are bold, bright and brash, with fair attention to detail and a real feeling of fun and excitement. The little monkeys are quite sweet and great care has been put towards their movements whilst in the ball. Mind you, I particularly enjoy the noise they make when they hurtle off the edge of the cliff, so perhaps I’m not the best person to judge this. When you are controlling the monkey with the joystick, you can also zoom in and out of the screen, and if you are hurtling around a corner at the same time, it can all be rather disconcerting. This game really brings on an adrenaline rush, but at the same time, the noise, colours and movements can really make you dizzy. One of the things I really like about this game is the music. It’s entirely appropriate to the game play, and chugs along at a brisk pace. I couldn’t describe it easily, as the tunes and beats change with the different levels, but some of it is quite funky, and don’t be surprised if there is a Monkey Ball record doing the rounds by Christmas! There is also a rather irritating mail voice over, which pipes in with “Ready?” before each level and after an hour or two of playing, this drives me up the wall. ADDITIONAL GAMES Aside from the main game, there are also a number of mini-games that can be played once you have completed a certain number of levels. These are: Monkey Bowling – an arcade version of ten-pin bowling. I found this quite difficult to get to grips with, and then even when I had, it didn’t really hold my attention. Monkey Golf – in which the monkey is the ball! The principle is simple – line up the ball, and try and get him into a series of holes. The course gets more difficult as you go along, but it is fiendishly addictive. Monkey Billiards – much the same as Monkey Golf. Monkey Fight – a bizarre combat game, where the aim of the game is to punch other monkeys off the ring using a giant boxing glove. This is absolutely mad, and I just found myself clicking like a nutter and hoping for the best. Great fun. Monkey Race – one of my favourites. A simple game of racing against the other monkeys, with accelerators along the way. This really appeals to my competitive nature. Monkey Target – is probably my least favourite. You launch your monkey off a ramp and then try to guide him onto a target using a giant pair of wings. There are all sorts of factors to be aware of – wind, speed and obstacles – and this generally drives me mad. All of the mini-games can be played with different multi-player options and this is by far and away the most appealing way to play. I defy anyone not have a laugh with at least one of these games. LIKES AND DISLIKES I love the pace and change of the main game – it’s a real challenge and as you progress, you really feel as though you are achieving something. When you first play each level, there is a real sense of excitement about what is to come, and I find the game quite appealing just to sit and watch somebody else play. The beginner levels are easy, so there is something here for all abilities and if you keep trying, you do get better as time goes along, so this isn’t as frustrating as other games that I’ve played. I also love all the music in the games and find the whole package very entertaining. On the downside, Monkey Ball is not a game that I can play for hours on end. Whilst this is potentially a good thing, it does mean that the game is not absorbing in an intelligent way. It’s great fun when you have an audience, but it’s not particularly relaxing on your own. I really think they should do something about the save options too – these are potentially disastrous. OVERALL VERDICT I like this game a lot – it certainly has plenty of mileage. I think it has fairly wide appeal and would keep kids and adults amused alike. The difficulty of much of the game might mean that particularly young children would struggle to get into it, but there's certainly nothing that you would deem unsuitable for any age. Even if you complete the whole thing, you can always go back and beat your highest score, so it’s one of those games you could leave for a few months and then come back to. I’ve yet to buy my own copy, simply because my two-week trial was enough for the time being, but I’ll certainly be buying my own copy in the end! Recommended

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        05.09.2005 00:10
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        Good game, original and great fun!

        This is a review on an original creation by Sega, and distributed but Nintendo on the Nintendo Gamcube game called Super Monkey Ball, ah yes the likes of monkey’s in a ball seams like madness, yet it is incredibly addictive and a cheap game to get. Different type of monkey’s in different coloured balls makes magic come alive for great entertainment for the whole family. What is Super Monkey Ball? *********************** Super Monkey Ball is a new creation created by Sega, but as Sega have been bought out, the Nintendo Gamecube was allowed to put it on their console, and as it is licensed by them. As some of you may think that this game may seam strange, and possibly maybe stay away from as you don’t have a clue what it is, and not too sure if it is worth taking the risk of buying. I would say you should take that risk. The aim of the game is to complete stages by moving the ball, as you don’t control the ball; you control the arena, and move the arena to allow the ball to move, which is pretty fun to do. This game is one to four players, so if you have any mates, let them join in as everything allows you to play with more then one player. Game ***** The game has lots of things for you to play and unlock, there is a main game, which is the main part, which is the place where you go through stage to stage moving the arena to get you monkey ball to its destination. Then you have three party games, which are a lot of fun, and three mini games which you have to unlock by playing the main game and get points by doing so. There are four different Monkeys you can be, at different sizes and different sex, so if you fancy a change, you are able to change. Also what is good about this game, once you have completed it, you will be able to play the credits, which is you control the ball trying to get as many bananas as you can, but watch out, the names of the people in the credits start falling down, and if one of them hits you, you will loose bananas, the aim of this is to determine your rank. Main Game: The main game is probably the best place to start, if you are new at the game, it allows you to practice and train the way of the monkey ball. There are three difficulties; there is beginner, advanced and expert. Each difficulty has different amount of stages. Beginner has ten stages, with stage five being a bonus stage, advanced has thirty stages (yes that is a big increase) which has five bonus stages, and then there is expert which has fifty stages (which takes ages to do, but only best to do when an expert at the game) which has loads of bonus stages. Party Games: The party games are best played with friend(s), there are three party games in total, and there is Monkey Race, Monkey Fight and Monkey Target. Monkey Race is pretty much you racing a friend, you don’t control the arena in this one, and you just control the ball, which you do in all of the party games. There are a few arenas’ you can race on, and the object of the game is to finish the race first. Monkey Fight is very fun and thrilling, you are a monkey in a ball, with a punching hand that flings out with a spring, and you know that old chestnut. The aim of this game is to try not to fall off the edge of the arena, and knock the enemy out with your fist, you will find items falling around also, which will allow you to have a bigger fist, one that can spring out further, one that makes your spring fist spin around you, or you could have more then one at once which is brutal. Monkey Target is also great fun, this game is pretty basic, yet hard to get a good score, you start off at the top of a hill, and you spin the wheel of death, depending on what you get, is depending on what obstacles you may have to get through. After you have done that, you will be able to move, and you will want to go down the hill, then fly up into the air (it will fly up into the air automatically) then you will want to glide by opening your ball and land on the highest points as possible on your target, lookout for the banana’s, because they will allow you to use special moves. Also you will have wind that will blow you in the direction it is blowing. The wheel of death has three bad things, and clear. It has clear squares, bomb squares, spike ball squares and clouds. If you happen to land on the bomb one, that means there will be bombs scattered around your targets, if spike balls, then there will be spike balls in the air, and if clouds, it will just block your view of the target, so it will have a hard chance on landing on it. Mini Games: There are three mini games that you are able to unlock by playing the main game and getting points for completing arena’s, and the mini games are quite random yet fun. There is Monkey Billiards, Monkey Bowling and Monkey Golf. As you can guess, Monkey Billiards is a pool game, where you use the monkey ball to knock down pool balls, and it is good fun to play, and try and do as best as you can. Monkey Bowling is great fun, you have to go through stage to stage, with different obstacles for you to get to your pins, and when you get there you have to try and knock over as much as you can, this may seam simple, but don’t count on it being easy, expect it being tricky, as it is. Monkey Golf is good, there are eighteen holes for you to go through, and each hole has a par of three, so you will need to practice to finish all of these. You can play this game by the monkey having a golf club inside of its ball, and hits the ball from the inside which makes it spin around and the monkey gets dizzy. Also, if you do a good shot, the crowd cheers, and if you get over par, the crowd boo’s you. Each hole is original and great fun to play. Other ***** I found this game very enjoyable and a lot of fun with my friends. It is a great laugh, and really worth trying it out, as it is original and has lots of mini games for you to play, so you won’t get bored of this game very easily. I found this game very playable, and was good for playing with mates and on your own, so it is good for any occasion, and is great for all ages as this game is only 3+. The game is quite addictive, yet can be very frustrating as it gets incredibly tricky early on in the game, also the game is fairly repetitive, but you will not be annoyed at that being repetitive as you will find it fun to go over and over. Plus there are over ninety stages, so you won’t be repeating them soon. The game is very original, it is the first of its type, it is a game full of mini games, and actually has a main game itself, so it is great fun, and everything about it is original, including the environments, the style, everything. The graphics is great, the detail in the environments are great, there are no glitches, the game runs very smooth, and is lovely and colourful. The music of the game is good, like cartoon music really especially made for this game, but it wont seam childish as this game is just as good for adults, as it is for kids, and is great fun and will have great laughs over this game. The sound effects are great, with the noise of you falling off the edge of the arena is fairly amusing, and the noise of you collecting bananas is just great. The narrator person of the game, which speaks to you when you click on a game, like Monkey Target, he will say that in a deep voice which could be quite funny to some, on how he says it. The game is quite difficult when you playing the main game, as it starts off easy, yet gets extremely hard very fast, so you will need to practice, but it does get very frustrating, which can make it really annoying, yet you may just be good at the game and think it is a breeze. I bought this game quite a while ago for £12.99 new, which is a good price, you will either find it dearer, or a little bit cheaper, it is worth getting for yourself, or if you have children it is a good game for them. This game is only for the Gamecube console, so if you don’t have one of them, I don’t recommend you getting it. I give this game 3 star * * *, it is great fun in all, yet it is extremely frustrating, which is really annoying, yet it is wise to get, as it is great fun. THIS GAME IS Long Mini Game Extrodinaire Great For All Ages THIS GAME IS NOT Very Easy Boring Short Thanks For Reading

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          Who would have though that a twist on the hamster in the plastic ball would have made a hit game? Well, not me you hear the name Super Monkey Ball and you almost fall on the floor in laughter its a monkey in a ball you say a monkey. You remember the old plastic cubes with all the little holes cut out and all the balls you had to try and get in the holes or Scribble scrabble this is like the video game version. It is like Atari's old arcade game Marble Madness just the same give or take but with a monkey not a marble. Using the analogue stick to control the ball and that is it how hard can that be well let me tell you it is very hard as some of the things you have to roll across are impossibly small. The joystick is very sensitivity so you need to be very careful not to send the little fellow of the edge. Once you get used to the controls there is a time limit that does not allow to much messing about. If you do not have the patience you may end up using the disc as a mat for you tea it get that annoying at times. If you do find the one player to hard there are some fun multi player games to keep you going you have tenpin bowling, billiards and a competitive battle mode. Which is fun i am not talking fun on mario kart level though? There is also a monkey target game where you roll off a bit ramp and your monkey opens the two halves of the ball to floats you have to try and land on a floating target not easy. The computer can play in all the multi player games but monkey comes into its own when you have friends around to play to. worth a try

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            Simple. Addictive. Fun. 3 Words that sum up Super Monkey Ball on the GameCube. It may not be the prettiest game on the block, but it's one of the best games I?ve ever played. Essentially there are 2 parts to Monkey Ball, the Main Game and the Party Games. The Main Game consists of almost 100 levels split into 3 categories, Beginner, Advanced and Expert. The aim of the game is to guide your monkey through a maze to the finish line within the time limit. It sounds simple, but it certainly isn't. There are many tracks to master and once you've done those there are hidden tracks to unlock. The gradual play of the Main Games contributes to a points total. The more points you acclimate the more mini games you unlock. There are six in total, Monkey Race, Monkey Fight, Monkey Bowling, Monkey Target, Monkey Billiards and Monkey Golf. Each one superbly entertaining, particularly when playing with friends. To conclude I'd say Monkey Ball has a superb blend of single player action and multiplayer fun. The simplest idea has been transformed by Sega into an excellent video game.

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              "...and then I said to my mate, 'yeah, this new game I got, I have to roll my monkey who sits in a large glass ball around these huge different neon-coloured levels making sure he doesn't fall off the side and it's really fun', and he just looked at me really weirdly. I don't know why or anything...." A true conversation I had, (okay, maybe not), but you can understand where I'm coming from of course. Tell somebody about this game and they're likely to admit you hastily to the men in white coats before you can say "but it's for real....". The main game of Super Monkey Ball features your choice of one of four monkeys rolling about in a glass ball in around 100 levels with the overall aim of gaining as many bananas as possible and completing the courses in the shortest time possible. You actually control the movement of each course itself in the main game as opposed to the monkey, and deft movements on the analogue joystick are required not to mention an incredibly steady hand and patient temperament in most cases! Otherwise monkey falls off the sides or ends of the course after one jerky movement too many! The monkeys squeal as they plummet to their death and you can't help feeling just a little guilty as they luckily manage to reincarnate themselves just one more time! Three levels make up this main single player area, Beginner (10 levels), Advanced (30 levels) and Expert (50 levels) should you make it that far. Apparently there is then another level unlocked should you complete all these 90, but precious few will ever get to see it (what will they call it, Evil level?!) Once you've started an individual course, it becomes available in the Practise Mode whereby if you get stuck on one, you can practise it with no risk to number of lives lost as often as you like. A downside here however, is that upon returning to the main game mode, you have to start that difficulty level from the beginning again so if you get caught up on, say, number 28 of the 30 Advanced levels, you'll have to play through the 27 previous ones again before you can have another crack at it. There are party games aside from the main mode, Monkey-Target sees you trying to land your gliding monkey on targets out to sea, Monkey-Fight sees you trying to punch up to three other monkeys off the edge of different arenas, and Monkey-Race sees you rolling around different courses based on real levels in the game using whatever weapons and pick-ups you can find to finish first. Getting a certain amount of points in the main game then also unlocks Monkey-Billiards, Monkey-Bowling and Monkey-Golf. Super Monkey Ball is ultimately intended for multi-player antics and that is where most fun is to be had. Sure, the one-player modes will keep you occupied for some time - there's something about the game that will have you throwing your joypad at the telly in frustration, but still picking it up again 'cos you're convinced 'one more time' will see you clear that level. Sega brilliance that is. In fact you can even play single-person in the multiplayer modes as you can use monkey 'bots' to make up numbers - not quite as fun though as whapping your mate at Monkey-Golf! Super Monkey Ball is hard. There simply will not be many people who see all this game has to offer. As much as I love it, I don't expect to myself! Difficulty levels can be random once you get into the Advanced level. One easy course seems to be followed by one inexplicably difficult one, with the next relatively straight forward again. The whole game has such polish though, you will want to persevere with it - hell, even the closing credits of the title have Sega turned into an interactive game! Well recommended.

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                What can I say about Super Monkey Ball? Well first off you must be aware that it features Monkey's in Balls and whereas some will laugh at the stupidity some will realize the pure genius behind it (like me). What am I on about? Well its simple, SEGA have gone and created a game so incredibly insane that it is probably the best and most original launch game on the Nintendo Gamecube. What we have here are some poor Monkey's stuck in balls on tables that can be tilted, and your job is to tilt the tables and get the Monkeys to the exit, and we have one of the most frustrating and addictive experience on the Gamecube. I say Frustrating but sometimes the game is just too easy but at others it is just plain hard, 90% of the beginner stage for example is relatively easy and then you get to the last stage *gulp* But it is fun and there is a wealth of other games you can play rather than the main quest, one being Monkey Target where you launch your monkey and try and land him on a board that has various numbers on it, these numbers represent scores. Another is called Monkey Fight where your Monkey has a boxing glove and you must attempt to knock your opponent off the board with the boxing glove, the third avalible mini game is Monkey Race, which is basically Mario Kart in Balls, you have a selection of tracks and you can grab power ups to try and knock you enemies off the track. There we have 3 mini games avalible from the start but there is 3 more, such as the brilliant Monkey Billiards and the even better Monkey Bowling, you need 2500 points to unlock these awesome games and the can be gained via the main game. And that is one half of the game, or should I say one quarter. If you have 3 mates then I'm sure you'll have no problem getting the full enjoyment out of Super Monkey Ball as this is, without a shadow of a doubt the best multiplayer launch title on the Gamecube, all mini games and even the main game can be played with 2,3 or 4 frien ds. The Main game isn?t split screen though, you take it in turns to play through the game, so player one would go first and lets say he falls out, then its player 2's turn and he/she is successful so moves onto the next level whilst player one is still struggling on the first floor, the winner is the guy/gal that gets to the end first. But it's the party games that really shows the multiplaying experience here, with games such as Monkey Flight, Monkey Billiards, Monkey Race and in particular Monkey Bowling being the pick of the bunch. The game is far from easy, as you finally make it through the beginners stage you?ll then have to master the incredibly hard Advance Stage and then the Expert mode, and once you've finally managed to do all that (which is quite an achievement) you'll unlock even harder stages, each modes feature new and different floors. With over 90 levels you'll never tire of this beauty a finely crafted game that does have its flaws in other areas. Although the graphics are nice and arcadey they are incredibly basic and lack any detail, sound wise there is nothing spectacular just the odd cries from the 4 playable Monkeys, and again arcade style sounds. But despite the flaws graphically the incredibly initiative control system, and addictive gameplay still helps this game reach the status of one of if not the greatest Cube game so far with. It is simple, it is addictive, it is funny and it is a must have Gamecube game so go on go get it. Dringo.

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