If you're not familiar with the series, Super Monkey Ball combines the fun of rolling balls with the wackiness of primates inside of them. Oh, there's no particular reason given as to why monkeys have such an affinity to these balls. Maybe they think they're hamsters. Anyway, Banana Blitz continues the SMB legacy, but this time you use the Wiimote to control the playing field. Tilt left and right, up and down to move your obstacle course and press A to jump. It's that simple... in theory. In practice though, the camera is thrown all over the place, which in turn changes your control directions. So, you often wind up swinging around like a monkey (ironic). On narrow spaces, these controls become impossible. If you're not hooked on the story mode, you can try a whole bunch of mini-games, but controls suffer here as well. Most of the time, you don't know what the controls are. Once you do, you realize that they don't work very well. It's a nice concept, but badly implemented. Though geared toward the younger set, I don't know most kids who would have the patience to deal with this game's flaws. But the monkey back in the ball and roll him out the door. His services are no longer required.
posted by Fusiliryan (PHOENIXVILLE, PA) Dec 7, 2006
Member since Mar 2006
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
I'm not sure why this game has been rated so poorly. Perhaps many of the reviewers hadn't played a Super Monkey Ball game before and didn't expect what they got. At any rate, this is a very good Super Monkey Ball game. For starters, Banana Blitz received a much needed graphical update. It looks much better than previous titles. In Banana Blitz, they have also added the ability to jump. Some levels are made to accomodate this ability very well. It is surprising how much a simple ability adds to the gameplay. As usual, Banana Blitz has plenty of mini-games to play with your friends. Classics such as Monkey Bowling, Target, Boxing, and Racing are still there, but several great ones have been added. With so many mini-games, however, there are bound to be a bad ones, which is true here. You may find that you only play some mini-games once and then never again. Along with that, some games don't work well with the Wii-Mote. Finally, and most importanty, the controls are easy and intuitive. Tilting and twisting the Wii-Mote to manipulate the world works perfectly. Overall, if you enjoyed the previous Super Monkey Ball games, puzzle games, or multiplayer games, I don't see why uou wouldn't love this game too.