“ Genre: Arcade & Platform / Video Game for Nintendo Wii / To Be Announced / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2006-12-08 / Published by Sega „
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Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz is made by Sega, you can play with up to 4 players, and is suitable for ages & and upwards ( but i think younger players will still be able to enjoy it safely!)
THE GAME BACKGROUND
The game centres around little monkeys in a bubble like Ball. Use the Wii remote by tilting it left, right, back and forth to direct your monkey through the tracks of different courses. All have different twists and turns!
You need to pick up bananas to gain points, but be careful! There is a time limit so you can saunter along the course. You have to make it to the check point in time to pass the level, and make sure that your "steering" is good enough that you don't fall off track.
There is a choice of playing with a number of cute little characters, like Doctor, YanYan, AiAi, MeeMee and others in either the main game, or in the party game.
This is a good element to have as it adds something a little more substantial and significant to what could easily have been a trivial party game alone that is boring when played alone, and isn't very good to play in the longer term.
WHAT HAPPENS IN IT?
In the main game, you go through "normal stages", but to pass one of the entire 8 levels, you need to beat the "Boss Stage", which has been synonymous with Sega and Nintendo throughout the years and is always a classic stage which i love to see still in modern day games. The boss usually involes a giant animal of some kind, and you have to roll into them and hit them at a certain time in its angry routine to lower its life and beat it.
In the party games you can play with or without the nunchuck, depending on what game you select, so don't nworry if you never brought a nunchuck.
Just a few of the 50 party games to choose from include: Banana Catch, Bugs Balance, Free Throw and Fruit Basket. These a perfect for if you have company, and get the competetive juices flowing, however, in my experience, after a few games, people tend to get a bit bored, lose interest and disappear out of the room, but isn't this the same for most Wii party games?
The game is very responsive to the nunchuck and wii remote, although the game is very much still a challenge and very fun to play. The graphics are decent and the colours are bright, attractive and intriguing.
The ability to choose between party game mode and main game mode (story mode you could call it) gives this game something extra that the other party games on the market might lack, however it is not exactly a revolutionary or ground breaking game, but still, a decent game none the less.
Using the Wii remote to roll a ball around the TV screen is a simple idea, and sega has managed to adapt it well into game form, and have resisted the urge to over complicate the idea of the game.
Overall, i would say that this game is worth buying, it will certainly keep you, and youngsters occupied for a while.
I've literally only ever played on a wii twice, I played mario wii karts (or something along those lines,) and bowling. So when my friend forced me into playing this game I got extremely confused.
Unfortunately I spent quite alot of the game confused. Although we mostly pled the party games. Some of the games were brilliant like the war game thingy, were you run around tring to shoot other monkeys. Other than this I just found it really difficult. Even my friend, who constantly claimed 'OMG this game is soo fun' kept getting confused, and at several points, there were no instructions on how to actually play the game, and we became so confused we had to reset the whole game.
I probably wouldn't reccomend this game, at least not for beginners.
Maybe if I was a total pro, I would be able to understand this game a lot more. But as I am not a total pro, and if you don't want to have to sit constantly playing this gae for hours, I wouldn't reccomenf this game.
Well, I'd wished I'd read the review of this sooner before I decided to go ahead and buy the thing!!
My purchase of this game was for £10 from eBay. After playing the Gamecube version of Super Monkey Ball I wanted to check out this updated version.
As soon as I switched it on the aural assualt of arcade machine style music blasted out of the telly onto the unsuspecting me, after 10 seconds this gave me a headache. Stop? No you must be joking. Unfortunately the music went on...........and on.............and on.
I tentatively went to select my character for the main game, the was six to choose from including originals Aiai and Gongon. It appears that you have to roll your monkey across several different islands comprising of several stages.
The main 1 player game involes moving a monkey in a clear bubble type ball around courses collecting bananas, which gets progressively harder. you lose a life if you 'fallout' and drop yourself from the end of the path etc. You lose a life, but collect them on the way along so this should not prove a problem.
So off I started on the first course. I found the wii remote hard to control here and found it hard to stop and turn, basically the remote is pointed towards the screen and you move that way. Annoying to say the least. Occasionally the camera angle would mess up thus spoiling the whole process, it is a pet hate of mine in games. I much prefer using the wired gaming controller of the Gamecube for this game and wish I had bought the Gamecube one to play in my Wii as it is so much better.
So with slight difficulty I rolled my way towards the end of the first islands stages.
An extremely loud and colourful bird is the boss at the end of ths one which was just rubbish and quite hard to get towards to throw yourself at due to the hard work of the wii remote here. It feels awful and made my wrist sore!!
At the end of that then the credits came on. I was like what IS going on here have I completed the game already? Er well no. This is actually a bonus round which you cannot skip however many times you try to, an annoying waste of five minutes whilst your monkey in a ball floats around aimlessly collecting banans whilst bouncing off the letters of the names in the credits, that was the final straw, I gave up and turned it off.
I put it on to try some of the 50 party games on there afterwards which are somewhat better than the single player game but still pretty painful to play.
Overall I want to know why I didn't check Dooyoo before buying this!! 3 and a half out of 10.
This game used the Wiimote very well, requiring you to tilt the Wiimote at different angles to roll the ball along various routes, collecting bananas on the way. You have to get to the exit along the maze type structure to win.
With many levels in the game it is enough to keep you occupied for a long time. There are also some multiplayer games too for when there are a few people over.
The main problem with the game is the difficulty. Its is SO hard. I found it difficult progressing in the game. When you have to roll the ball along, it is very easy to fall of the edge, at which point you will have to go back to the start. this can lead to some very frustrating gameplay, which at one point left me wanting to throw the Wiimote across the room.
The graphics were ok and if you had the skills it could be fun, but i felt i wasted my money because it got to the point where i could no longer continue because it was too hard.
What can I say.... I thought this was going to be lots of fun - I received it as a present and am glad that I didn't pay money for it! It is very repetitive, all the levels are the same idea and I personally find it very hard to control. You have a monkey in a ball which you have to roll around courses and collect bananas on the way. Its very frustrating when you 'fall over the edge' and have to return to the begining of the course. The party games are probably the best part of the game although some of the games are on the Wii Sports (ok so they are different to look at and play) but they are so much harder to perfect on Monkey Ball Banana Blitz. I do not enjoy this game at all and have only played on it about half a dozen times in the last 6 months.
I can take or leave this game. The single player game goes from being frustratingly too difficult to being too samey and easy. The The acuracy of the wii remote is good and you do actually feel like you are the one controlling the balance but some levels are just too difficult resulting in you giving up and loosing interest and other levels feel like deja view of doing the same thing with different back ground. The 50 party games are good fun playing against someone but not so much on your own. The instructions on how to control some of the party games are very unclear and take a while to work out. There is a good variety in these games though and would say they are better than the main game. I would buy it if it was cheap but definatly would not pay more than £10 for it as ther are much better games out there.
Super Monkey ball: Banana Blitz is a great little game. The main game though is shoddy, verging on pathetic, and takes about ten minutes to complete. (Thats the bit with the little monkey dude in the ball as you try and roll him around the course collecting the bananas) but the mini games are exceptional.
You can play with between one and four players, the downside for me being that some of the games require a nunchuck, and I only have one, as, I would think do alot of people as they are so expensive to get the full controller. But there are still plenty of games that can be played with just the Wii remote. There are so many games to play, some obviously far better than others, but the guys who made this game really pushed the boat out, and must have had some pretty intense brain-storming sessions.
Super Monkey Ball: Bananna Blitz...more like super disappointment. The single player mode has absolutely no story too it unlike the others in the series. There are over 50 multiple player mini-games but very few are any good, and the controls are very hard. The graphics are standard. One of the main differences is the ability to jump. I didn't like the addition to jump in the game. The music in the game is one thing that is excellent about this game. This game is suitable for ALL ages from toddlers to grandparents. At first the controls may seem hard but soon you will get used to the controls and it can be pretty fun. The reason I say it's a disappointment is mainly because of the bad mini games and the story getting removed. If you have younger children in your house this could be a great game. Please make sure that you rent this before you buy it, so you won't be disappointed!
(P.S: I wrote this review on www.ciao.co.uk, made some minor editing, and pasted it here!)
I have to admit that I bought this game purely for the fifty 'party' games that are a supposed side-show to the game proper. I have played the main game probably less than ten times in the last six months - it's fun, the object being to guide your monkey along an obstacle course inside his little monkey ball - but it's not a patch on Mercury Meltdown Revolution, which has a similar (but by no means identical) gameplay.
The party games are excellent, particularly if you regularly play multiplayer games with friends or family members. There are fifty of them ranging from the relatively sane to the downright daft, but you will need multiple remote controls and nunchucks to make the most of them. Some are modelled on sports that have multiplayer mini games elsewhere. For instance there are tennis, bowling and baseball - style mini games that you may think are unneccesary given Wii Sports. However, for the most part the Monkey Ball versions are more fun oriented and are different enough that you could enjoy them separately to Wii Sports. The downright bonkers games are impossible to describe, but are very very funny to play. The game has come right down in price now and I would say that this is the best 'mini games' collection out there for the money right now.
Super monkey ball's arrival on the wii was something which particularily interested me, after i played Super Monkey Ball 2 on the Gamecube. It appeared to me as a very fun and easy to play prospect. The range of party games in addition to the new innovative wii remotes seemed like a good combination. Whilst there are some positive features of this game, i will explain why this game fails short of its potential.
The main game to be fair is quite good in terms of the number of missions and is generally enjoyable. The controls work well enough for this mode, as long as the sensor bar is configured correctly. The missions are slightly more tricky to complete because of the remote as opposed to the old gamecube controllers but you can get used to the controls for this mode relatively quickly. With 8 main levels containing rougly 10 sub levels there is plenty to complete. The levels start at an easy standard giving you the chance to get used to the game, but do become very tricky towards the end. The main game is therefore reasonably challenging. One criticism of the main game is the lack of creativity on some levels. Many of the same hazards and challenges are located on different levels and there is some repetitiveness when playing the main game.
The main game is thus enjoyable to play. However, after playing the previous monkey ball games i believe that the main game is not the predominant reason why i bought the game. To me the party games are an essential part of the super monkey ball fun. Super monkey ball:Banana blitz boasts an incredible 50 party games. However, many of these party games are poor. In the other games, Sega concentrated on a few sports and put a lot of effort into making the gameplay good. But in this game, there are too many underdeveloped, flawed games. Whilst the old games remain, they are lacking in options to their previous games with the exception of monkey race.
Many of the games are simply difficult to control using the wii remote and just tend to lead to frustration. Others are just not fun to play as games. Having said this, there are some good party games in the mix such as monkey wars, monkey snowboarding and alien attack and yacht sailing. The traditional games are also decent but monkey target has lost its fun. With 50 games to play i may not have provided a totally accurate perspective of these party games and it must be noted that there are a great number of things to do on this game.
Banana Blitz has a bit fault when playing the main game in that you cannot go back to a previous menu without reseting the whole console. If there is a way of doing this i am not aware of it.
This game generally disappoints. It boasts a large range of options which it delivers, with new characters, bosses and 50 party games. But what Super Monkey Ball:Banana Blitz gains in options, it looses in gameplay, with the game not properly developed to work well with the wii remote. The main game is somewhat fun, but the generally disappointing party games mean that the game is not likely to be long lasting once the main game is complete. Overall, this game falls frustratingly short.
Super Monkey Ball on the Wii is rather awkward you use your Wii remote to move around it gets tricky. The graphics are great better then what it was like in the Gamecube version.
The Wii nunchuck should of been used in the main game it would of made it less confusing. With another add to this game there are boss stages this becomes annoying with bad camera angles which will cause you to fall over the edge.
The mini games are boring and the stupid thing is you cannot pause the game while your playing or you can reset your Wii. Even if your bored of the game you can't leave unless you finish the mini game this is the same in the main mode. There are about 50 mini games and non i found entertaining or fun.
You will have to go through different mazes after doing so many you will have to a boss which you have to diffefeat them in different ways.
Banana Blitz though is still better then what Super Monkey Ball Adventure had to offer. The game is OK but takes a while getting used to but if you want a good control system stick with the Gamecube version Super Monkey Ball 1 and 2. Since buying this game I have only played it 2 times I wont play it again it's annoying me.
Short review I know but not much to say on this game.
I originally played this game on Xbox and found it very hard to control so after I received it for a present I was a bit sceptical about it. However I tried it anyway and it became very addictive very quickly!!
On the main game you are a monkey in a ball... you have to control the monkey using the main controller which is easier then it was on Xbox as you had to control via the analogue stick. You guide the monkey through various obstacles that get harder as you go along. And be careful not to fall off the edges as this is very easy to do and results in extreme frustration!! This is a single player game where there is 10 world to complete and at the end of each world you have a boss to defeat which can be quite hard due to the difficult camera angles.
There is also a section with 50 mini games that can be played with up to four players this is very fun for parties or family time! In the mini games there are things such as bowling, whack a mole and darts so there is hours of fun!
Overall I think this game is very good and very suitable for parties however I don't think to much of the main game however it is extremely addictive and you will probably find yourself extremely frustrated and turn the Wii off many times and then 5 minutes later you think I'll have another go I will be able to do it this time!!
When researching Wii games looking for a new game to try a while back there was not a lot on offer. On the internet this game has recieved mixed reviews from users and specialist sites alike, and with the chioce I had I available to me then I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did too as it has become one of my most played games dispite not appealing(no pun...groan) to my normal tastes of action and shooting etc.
The Game Concept:
At its routes this is a puzzle platformer in which you roll your monkey around different stages to get them to the finishing spot within a time limit and without falling off of the track. You do this by tilting the level forwards and backwards, left and right to roll your monkey in its ball accordingly. There are obsticals to overcome and the main game consists of 8 stages to a level with the odd bonus stage, then at the end of each level there is a boss stage which you must complete in order to move on. There are also 50 different minigames which you can play with your friends up to four at a time that range from monkey snowboarding to bug balancing. Most of these are quite good fun and make good use of the wiimotes capabilities, there are a few which need nunchuks to play and all vary from great to mediocre. There are easily enough good games to make up for the odd clanger however.
In the main game the controls are very simple yet require a good 15 minutes to get comfortable with control in my experience. To move your monkey forward you only heve to tilt the wiimote forward, how far you do this corresponds to how much the level tilts in the game and this effects your monkeys speed. Tilting backwards will slow your monkey down initially then when all momentum is gone will move it backwards. To jump you either press the A button or make a sharp upward motion withe the wiimote.
This is an easy game to develop a bit of an addiction for because of how frustrating some of the harder levels can be but also due to how rewarding finishing each stage is. Anyone from any age group from grandparents to your kids are ably to play this game and enjoy it. I think my mum likes this game more than me!
Graphics and visuals:
I personally like the graphics of this game. while they could be criticised for being simple or too cartoony they are at least very clean, consistant and fitting for the game. The look and feel of each of the different levels are very individual and distinct with nauticle themes of the pirate coast to trippy almost psychadelic colours in some of the cobalt caverns. Always the stages are bright and colourful and very attractive.
You are going to either love the sound track or hate it in my view. Personally i quite like it but some of the stages have a high tempo chipmunk style hyperactive background music that really bugs me after a while. The sound especially seems to appeal more to children than to more mature gamers.
Difficulty and complexity:
One of the things that I really liked about this game was the fact that while it is asimple idea of rolling from A to B around a short course it can be extreamly hard at times, especially later on in the game. In the latter levels time is really of the essence and sometimes you can get stuck on a level for half an hour that is so intense that you have to go and take a breather and relax!
High points of the game:
!Vast minigame collection lends greatly to the replayability of the title.
!Some of the obsticals are amazing giant swings and wheels that are pretty spectacular.
!Highly original and addictive gameplay.
!Great for players of all ages. gamers and non-gamers alike.
!Great and responsive use of the Wiimote.
Low points of the game:
!The main game could be longer.
!Sound can be annoying at times.
!Some of the minigames are a bit rubbish.
I really recommend this game, If you get the oppertunity to try it definitely give it a go and give it a fair try, don't put it down once you've fallen off 3 times in a row because this game is a real grower. You could find yourself hooked like me.
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