“ Manufacturer: Sega / Genre: Puzzle „
I bought this game a long time back as I was looking to buy something challenging and fun. Having played the super monkey ball game before, I thought I'd get it for the DS to make full use of the touch screen in guiding your monkeys to the end of each course. The game is very challenging when you get to later levels!
There are quite a few different worlds in which you guide your monkeys through the levels to the goal. You collect bananas as you go, which you build up to gain lives. The idea is to stay on the level and make your way to the end without falling off resulting in a 'fall out' and a life lost. Each world has a certain theme with certain music but all the levels are different and there are over 100 different levels in the game giving much replay value as some are very hard! A typical example is one called Tornado or Twister, which starts you at the top of this circular road, which slowly gets a bit narrower and twists round whilst going down to form the shape of a tornado. The walls disappear soon after the first part so it gets pretty hard to stay on as you get further down towards the goal!
There is also an arcade section to the game where you can play other mini games such as hockey, golf, racing, bowling and more using the touch screen. These mini games are actually really fun and you can play them wirelessly with a friend using the same game card too with the Nintendo DS' wireless capability. It really is an excellent game and very challenging once you get to harder levels. I would recommend it to younger people more than older gamers but it's a challenge for everyone :) Buy it on amazon.co.uk for £17.57.
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Super monkey ball is quite a unique game. You have to pick your monkey and then in the game the monkey is put inside a ball which you have to navigate trough the level, you use your ds pen/stick thing to do this. The idea for the game is a very good one and is very original, i really enjoyed the animation and also the levels in the game. It doesn't take long to get to grips with this game and is really simple to use. Surprisingly i managed to complete this game in about 20 minutes! The trick is to go really fast. I was expecting there to be more levels but was disappointed when there wasn't as i had really enjoyes the game. I do recommend this game but be prepared to finish in a very short time, you will have fun playing it tough. It's a sweet short game.
Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll is a fun game for the Nintendo DS. It is slightly addicting and can get tricky in parts. It's difficulty has put me off the game towards the end so I never completed it but it was a good challenge - maybe I'll go back some day and try to finish the last levels.
In the basic single player, you go through a series of worlds where there are 10 courses within. After choosing from the 4 monkeys, you have to navigate round the levels and get to the end without falling off the map. Collecting bananas as you go helps contribute towards new lives when you get 10. You start out with 10 lives and you have to complete all 10 levels before you run out to complete that world - sounds easy but some levels are ridiculously hard. Some have moving platforms, others are extremely narrow in parts with different gradients to throw you off - literally.
There is another part to the game where you can play mini games. You can also link up another DS and play together these games with a friend. They include a shooting game, golf game, racing game, bowling, table hockey and a fighting game. They are very fun as a side part to the game and gives you something to do when you get bored. I like switching on just to have a game of simple golf and try to beat my top score.
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I used to play Super Monkey Ball at a friend's house on his Gamecube and found it to be very fun both in groups and individuallly so I was quite pleased to find out as DS version had been released.
Unfortunately the DS version fails to deliver. Of course I was comparing this to the Gamecube version whilst playing it and this version is very different. I was very disappointed with the graphics especially that of the monkeys. The music is quite annoying so I turned that off after a little while. It takes some time getting used to the stylus with regard to the speed of the balls going down ramps etc. I just didn't find this game fun at all, I thoroughly enjoyed it on the Gamecube but I just can't bring myself to play the DS version anymore, it's almost painful.
If you've played the Gamecube version avoid this, if not you might want to give it a try but personally I think it's lacking in fun.
I am also a member of Ciao and have posted this review there.
I found this game so utterly boring I gave it away. Maybe it is meant for little kids and not adults but I just couldn't get on with it. You are a monkey in a ball. There is nothing that interesting about it and it wasn't that easy to control. I really would avoid wasting your money on this game. There are so many ds games to choose from, this one would be absolutely bottom of my list.
It wasn't that it became boring because it was so simple to get to the next level. It wasn't overly difficult but it wasn't that easy. It's just that nothing much happened. I feel that computer games have moved on and this one would have been good in the 80s but not now. Unless you hit on a unique concept like Tetris, these days you need a bit of the wow factor in a game. This did not have it.
Super Monkey Ball is a good platform game which is fun for if you just want to play something that doesn't take a lot of thinking, but it can get addictive!
There isn't really a story behind the game, so it's not an adventure game. The main idea is there's a monkey in a ball and you have to guide it through the levels in the monkey worlds. It's a strange idea, but it makes a great game.
There are four monkey characters you can choose to play as - AiAi, MeeMee, Baby and GonGon. There are no differences between the characters as they all have the same abilities, so it doesn't really matter who you choose, but it's fun to choose your favourite.
The levels consist of platforms that you have to guide your monkey in a ball across to the finish line. It sounds easy enough, but wait until you see some of the levels. You have one minute to complete each level, which is usually plenty of time.
The game makes good use of the both screens, which some games fail to do. The touch screen can be used to control the monkey in a ball or you can use the buttons. I usually use the buttons, but I try using the touch screen to see if it helps. Both methods seem to work well, and give the player a choice to suit their preferences. The controls are very simple, it only uses the directional buttons (or move the stylus around the touch screen in the direction you want).
There are ten monkey worlds to explore altogether, but these are not all available straight away. To access the more difficult worlds you have to complete the easier worlds. Each world consists of ten levels which must be completed with a limited number of lives, but you can obtain more lives by collecting bananas in the levels. The first world is fairly easy, but from then onwards it gets very difficult. If you have very little patience, this may not be a game for you! Sometimes it makes me want to throw my DS at the wall. So far I've only unlocked 6 out of the 10 worlds, and I've completed 4 of them. I wouldn't say some of the levels are impossible (maybe close) but they require a lot of practice and patience to get through. Even using walkthroughs is of little use as it's just a matter of practice, which brings me to my next section.
You have the option to practice all the levels in the worlds you have unlocked, which is very useful if you want to get used to a level before you attempt the challenge.
I love the party games, they're just really fun! There are six party games to choose from: Monkey Race, Monkey Fight, Monkey Bowling, Monkey Hockey, Monkey Wars and Monkey Mini Golf.
The Monkey Race has three options - one course, grand prix or time attack. You can choose from six race tracks of various difficulties. When in a race, you play against three computer players. You control the monkey in the race by using the touch screen, which I find difficult sometimes because your hand then covers the screen which you need to watch to see where you're going, and you can't seem to use the buttons for it. The top screen is just used to display a map of the race track and information about lap times.
The Monkey Fight game has two options - normal or survival. In normal mode, you win by gaining points, and in survival mode, the last monkey left in the arena wins. It's quite a fast little game, so it can get a bit chaotic in the tiny little arena. Survival mode is tricky because it's really easy to get pushed out of the arena!
Monkey Bowling also has two options - normal or challenge. In challenge mode, there are ten bowling patterns you have to beat with 15 bowls. There are three different levels of challenge mode, and you must complete the first one before you can go on to the next. In this party game, the different characters you can choose from have different bowling abilities. To bowl, you drag the stylus across the touch screen in the direction you want, which I like a lot.
Again, Monkey Hockey has two options - line drawing or classic. In classic mode, you just use a normal circle shape to hit the ball into the opponent's goal. In line drawing mode, you draw your own shape to hit the ball with. There are also special items which affect gameplay. I like this game, it's simple and fun!
In Monkey Wars, there's a maze in which four monkeys run around trying to shoot each other. It's a bit crazy, but funny. There are three different maze shapes which make it more interesting.
My favourite party game is Monkey Mini Golf. There are 18 levels to play, and they're all really fun. It's really simple to play, and it's not too difficult, but it's not too easy either.
You can play Monkey Race, Monkey Wars and Monkey Hockey against your friends using the multiplayer mode, which makes the party games even more fun and competitive. The other party games are not suitable for multiplayer, so these are not available in this mode.
Both the graphics and sound are excellent for this game, and the music is fantastic. The music is really bouncy and fun, it suits the game well. The start screen is quite funny, a little monkey appears and seems to want you to poke him with the stylus! There's another mini game which you play when you complete a challenge in the main game, which is where you throw the monkeys around the credits. It's fun at first, but can get really annoying after a while because you can't skip it.
I love this game, I would really recommend it as it is good value for money (I bought my copy for £9.99 from Game last year). The only problem is that it gets a bit frustrating at times!
(I've also posted this review on Ciao)
This game was released on the 17th February 2006. It is exclusive to the Nintendo DS, and makes good use of the touch screen, which is used to control your monkeys! Along with 100 challenges, 50 of which are new and exclusive to the DS, there are also six mini-games, and the opportunity for wireless play too. This game is much fun, but can also be really frustrating as you can imagine. It is based on the classic idea of Super Monkey Ball games, where you have to guide a monkey in a ball around a course to the finish line. Sounds easy eh? Think again. The levels get insanely hard with moving interactions, narrow roads and more that can make you fall off. The idea is to get to the end without falling off the level.
Not much of a story at all really. It is more like one of those games where you are chucked into situations and just have to complete them. There is no storyline at all. There are no cut scenes or anything that could be interpreted into a story. The idea of the game is to complete each 'world', which there are ten of. In each world there are ten levels, one of which is a bonus level to collect bananas, which mean points.
You can either use the stylus or the D-Pad to control your monkey. The controls are simple, and I much prefer using the stylus as it gives you more control over the monkeys, because the game requires precision and accuracy or you won't get through the levels without falling off. By using the stylus, you simply push towards the top of the touch screen to increase the speed of your monkey, and hold back to reduce the speed. To turn, you push to either the left or right side of the screen to turn left or right respectively. If you choose to use the D-Pad, which I would not recommend, forward is the top button, backward is the bottom button and left and right are obvious. The controls have to be the simplest controls in any game really. These are the only controls you will need to know, as all it is about is moving around. To navigate through the menus, you can either tap with your stylus or use the D-Pad and A button, which is simple enough. When playing one of the mini-games (the race one), you can pick up power-ups. To use them, you simply tap the corresponding button on the D-Pad, as your power-ups are assigned to a certain D-Pad button.
The gameplay is pretty fun on a whole, although it can get boring after a while and if you are skilled at the game, it won't take long to complete. However, there are other aspects to the game such as the mini-games and wireless play. The levels can get really hard to get round, and you only have 10 lives per game. For example, in one world, you have 10 lives to get through all the 10 levels in one go. However, bananas are along the road in each level if you dare to get them, as some are in tricky places. Once you grab 10 bananas, you gain an extra life. Couldn't be simpler, it's all about 10! The gameplay is reasonably stimulating but can be frustrating too. It can be very hard to control your monkey to get over some of the really hard levels. Some are just really hard to get over, and this is what makes the game a bit better, rather than easy. There are a few levels in different worlds shaped as a circle with a decreasing diameter as you go round it towards the centre. Some of these are really hard, as not only do you have to gradually slow down to turn more, but they are also sloped in different parts at different angles, making it difficult to reach the finish without falling off.
Other levels include ones with interactive objects that may knock you flying off the level, or they may bring you to the other side. For example, one level called 'Free Ride' has a kind of trolley that you simply bored, and it takes you across to the other side. However, with no walls and a moving trolley, it can be hard to stay on. Another example is like the swinging ball toy you get, where marbles on the end of rods are lined up and you lift one up at one end to let go so it sends a vibration through the resting marbles it hits to make the one at the other end go up to the same height...physics, I was never good at it. Anyway, on this level, you have to get onto one part of the pendulum that swings, and the second part beside will fall and hit the platform you are on, sending it flying in the air. It is very tricky, but what you have to do is make a quick switch to the pendulum that has just come down, before you go flying off yours. It really is difficult as you could imagine, and a pain to complete, requiring perfect timing and skill. I normally lose all my lives on one level has hard as this, making completing the worlds quite hard indeed!
There are six mini-games with various options to keep you going:
Monkey Race - Here you can race against the computers, with 6 different tracks and the choice of one course, a Grand Prix or a time trial. You pick up power-ups along the way to knock out your opponents and to give you a better chance at catching up, or tripping those up behind you!
Monkey Fight - This is a pretty fun game, where you are in charge of a big boxing glove attached to your monkey ball, and you have to knock the others off the level, with various power-ups that you can pick up. It is played from a birds-eye view.
Monkey Bowling - You can do the standard mode, just like any bowling game, or you can do the challenge mode where you have to complete different bowls by knocking over certain pins, which I can never do.
Monkey Hockey - You can choose the line smasher version or the Classic version. In the line smasher game, you draw your own line with the stylus, which you use to hit the putter. In the classic version, you are given a standard putter which you use in defence of your goal. It's like that game you get at the arcade.
Monkey Wars - This one is my favourite. You walk around in your ball, picking up extra weapons as you go. You then tap the screen to fire your weapon, and literally beat the living hell out of the other monkeys, gaining points for hits and kills. There are some fun weapons to use like watermelons which fire really fast. It's like a kid's version of Halo.
Monkey Mini-Golf - You can do the standard 18 hole course, or choose to do 9 holes. You can also do time attack, where it records the time it takes for you to complete every hole. It will also take into account your score.
All of the mini-games have scoreboards in one section of them. This way, you can keep track of your best scores.
The music in the game is actually to my liking. Each world has a different theme, and therefore a different theme of music too. However, going through each level in the same world doesn't change the music, but I wouldn't expect this anyway. The songs are quite basic, but some are catchy too, perfect for the game. The music has a very bright and jumpy feeling to it, which is emphasised by all the vivid colours and 'dings' when you are clicking through the menus. The menu music is really repetitive, as it plays the same music throughout all the menus, which lasts about 10 seconds and is then repeated. When you are in the menus for a long time scrolling around, it can really do your head in, with the frustrating bonus of the 'dings'. The monkeys also make noises, which can do your head in, as they just sound annoying. I think it is fair to say that this game is designed for the younger ones.
There is nothing wrong with the Graphics. They are pretty good for a Nintendo DS game. Each level has either a picture in the background that looks alright, or some kind of moving background to put you in an atmosphere, such as a storm. The sound and colours all suit the Graphics and look of each world. The Graphics are of good quality due to the simple shapes and designs of the levels, which allows the graphics to be enhanced to a higher level. Overall, they are not great, but much better than other games I have seen.
The replay value for a game such as this is low. Although there is a lot to do, you will only have a good go at it for a month perhaps, and then it will be shut away in your bedside draw. However, despite having thought this even when I bought the game, it turned out I played it randomly a few times after my main addiction to the game. There were a few levels that I missed playing, and then you get carried away once you switch it on, as it can be quite addicting. Overall, the replay value isn't bad - it is better than I imagined.
You can do wireless play with a friend. They do not need to have the game cartridge, so you can play with just one copy of the game. Together, you can play some of the mini-games. It does not have wi-fi connection, so you cannot play online unfortunately. You can also record your runs on different levels by hitting the camera icon in the corner of the screen at the end of a level. This way, you can record those completions of the really hard levels to watch in months to come to remind you of the good times. Even if you complete a level really fluky, it is best to just record it and save it to the game. You can only record a maximum of 8 replays to save them to the game, but it is a good bonus feature.
Replay value: 5/10
With 5.6/10 as a final score, I would not recommend it to anyone unless they have younger children, which it may be to the liking of. This game is designed for younger ones, but can still provide a good bit of fun for the older generation.
- Available at Amazon.co.uk for £14.47 and in offline shops for around £19.99
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I bought this game because I thought it looked very enjoyable and fun. It's basically these monkeys in these balls and you have to help them through all the stages collecting bananas. When I first played it I was learning how to control the ball and get through the levels, but I found if you couldn't finish one of the levels then you couldn't go any further which i didn't think was very good. I wanted to find out what was in store next but I couldn't because one of the levels was to hard. I do enjoy this game but think it can be a bit hard.
I got this game a few weeks ago and i think it is for ages around 5 -early teens and it is more for people who dont like games where monsters jump out at you.
i thought the game easy to get into. It is about some monkeys who have to save the world (or something along those lines) and you have to go through loads of worlds collecting bananas for life and getting to the goal at the end.
I thought this product was intriguing and fun but after playing it to much i think i will slowly get bored of the game after i have completed all the levels. When you get to the credits at the end you are still in a game because if you click on the monkeyball he will jump up and you have to try and hit all the producers names. (very amusing)
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i loved the original super monkey ball on gamecube and even monkey ball 2 on Ps2 so youc na imagine that i was loooking forward to a brand new DS version.
Not only does the game look terrible bu tit plays terirble too.. and why does teh monkey in the ball look like a sticker thats gone through the washing machine?
The controls and camera also suk, big time, Monkey ball unfortunatly belongs on anlogue input controlled devices :-(
The monkey madness returns with 10 worlds and over 50 new stages in the single player Challenge Mode. Roll the monkey ball around with the stylus or Control Pad to reach your goal and unlock new worlds. Play straight through the worlds and stages from easy to hard, or go to Practice Mode to rehearse the levels you find the most difficult. Those mad monkeys boast a total of six games in Party Mode for both single and multiplayer platforms. Challenge your friends to a Monkey Race or box your way to victory in Monkey Fight. And, nothing can be more satisfying than hitting a hole-in-one on Monkey Mini Golf or striking 'em down with Monkey Bowling. Exclusively for the DS system, are two brand new party games - Monkey Hockey and Monkey Wars - which will ensure that the monkey mayhem never stops!