Product Type: Sega Wii games
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Member Name: oldmanlen
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (Wii)
Advantages: Many options, decent main game
Disadvantages: Poor gameplay, lacking in substance
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.
Summary: Very difficult to get into