gamers (92%) found this review helpful
Super Monkey Ball is a time based puzzle game where the player must tilt the world to roll their monkey down some rather inventful levels while collecting some bananas along the way. The original Monkey Ball game for the Game cube sneaked under most peoples radars, but thankfully, the game is alive and well and better than ever on the Nintendo Wii.
Thanks to the Wii's control scheme, controlling the monkeys is pretty darn simple. All you need to do is tilt your Wii-Remote to tilt the world. Thankfully, there is now a jump button, which is default to the 'A' button. If it wasn't for the new jump feature, Monkey Ball would have felt more like a bland Wii remake of the original Game Cube game. Sadly, the jump button just is not used too often in the game. Most of the puzzles just ask you to get from start to finish.
Also new is the Boss battles, which just become repetitive and monotonous after a while. Each boss is a game of jumping on a specific spot to do start some sort of event which will damage the boss. Not too exciting.
The big surprise to the game is the 50 mini game collection. All 50 games are available right from the start, for those who don't want to bother with the main campaign. Each game is different from the last, but over half of them feel like they control the same. There are only about 10 games which seem to really stand out as fun, the rest just end up as a chore as you fight the wacky controls.
The graphics are relatively good. The game looks like a game cube game, which isn't a bad thing. I mean, how detailed do bananas need to be? Sound also sounds like it was ripped straight out of the other games. A "Best hits" collection of Monkey Ball rolling madness. The built in speaker spits some little blips and beeps at you, but you learn to ignore them after a while, or just turn the speaker off.
Overall, it's a fun game with some fun mini games, but you'll be in for a bundle of repetition with this game. If you liked the first, you'll love this.
posted by 35yrgamer (CLIFTON SPRINGS, NY) Dec 7, 2006
Member since Aug 2006
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Lets get one thing straight right away, this game plays much harder then it should. The Wii is a great system, the wiimote opens up a door to a whole new world of gaming. However with this game, that door slams shut pretty fast. The control is so twitchy that it often sucks the fun out of the experience. My son, who has played, enjoyed, and beaten other MB games, got so mad last nite that he cried. Today the game is in the mail and on its way back to GF. You could spend hours "learning" the new controls on the Wii. You could, but why should you? Most other Wii games are pick up and play and are fun right away. Not MB. You can clear the first world, w/o too much trouble, but after that it becomes obvious that something is wrong. Once we got as far as we could in story mode we hit the mini games. And that was when we decided to stop playing altogether. Most of the mini games are just plan broken. Like in golf, where you can't stop your monkey ball from rotating side to side to properly line up your shot. Or in bowling, when you have to repeatidly make a throwing motion to get your MB to go down the lane(forget about aiming it). This game is filled w/mini games that you can't control and can't enjoy. Look, I am not flaming the system. But I am not going to lie about it either. I fully expect some games not to work well with the Wiimote. The thing is MB:BB shouldn't be one of them. This game should have taken off and been an awesome gameplay experience on the Wii. And that is why I am disapointed in it. I don't see how anyone who is being objective, could recomend this game. I can't. And again my wife, my kids, and I all enjoyed, played and beat the stuffing out of every MB game we have played before this one. Rent/play at your own risk, you have been warned.
And btw, you pause the game using the + and then the - buttons, Hold them both down.
gamers (85%) found this review helpful
This game is very cute, and my daughter (7yrs old) loves all the mini games in it. For adults, it was more fun to watch than play, but then again I like playing more complex games. This is definitely something for the younger crowd.