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Super Monkey Ball

by Atari
 Ages 3 and Over
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Cute, simple, and powerfully addictive
  • Control a little monkey trapped inside a transparent ball
  • Tilt the floor to roll the ball toward the goal
  • Easy to learn, difficult to master
  • 1-4 players

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Game Information

  • Platform:   GameCube
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000060OBX
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm ; 159 g
  • Release Date: 3 May 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,292 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Super Monkey Ball does exactly what it says on the box: it features a monkey, in a ball, and it is absolutely super. This rather odd game is similar to the classic Marble Madness, except that instead of controlling a marble through a maze-like course you control the course and must tilt and rotate it to get the cheeky little simian to the exit.

Ironically, the Gamecube's best launch game is also its least impressive graphically. It's not ugly, by any means, but the graphics are mostly purely functional and subservient to the gameplay. It may sound simple and repetitive but Super Monkey Ball is pretty much the dictionary definition of addictive, perfectly balancing the intense frustration at failing to complete a course with the absolute desire to have "just one more go". To make matters worse the later courses are so fiendishly difficult it' s as if Beelzebub himself has risen up from hell and designed a puzzle game.

The single player mode is maddeningly addictive, but it's the four-player larks, either on the standard puzzle courses or through a bunch of wacky mini-games including monkey bowling and monkey fight, that mark Super Monkey Ball as a true gaming classic. Its lack of showy graphics may unfairly limit it to cult status--just make sure you're part of the cult.--David Jenkins


If you can only afford one game, this is the one to get hold of. 9.2/10 -- Cube

Instantly addictive, exciting and fun. -- NGC

The essential GameCube title. -- Edge

This is truly special. -- Gamesmaster

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I have my life back? 1 July 2002
This game stole my life for quite some time. The concept of the main game is very simple, and I got some very strange looks from my friends when I tried to explain why I was hooked - moving a monkey in a ball round a maze doesn't seem the most amazing game concept ever. But it works. Even though the levels themselves aren't that big, you'll find yourself playing them over and over in order to get the highest scores, and you get a real sense of satisfaction when you manage to crack some of the more difficult courses.
As to the mini/party games, I especially enjoyed the monkey golf and monkey target (a mini version of pilot wings), and they are lots of fun when you have your mates round.
The main beauty of this game is how simple it is to control and to pick up, as opposed to some games. My girlfriend (who hates playing console games) picked this up very quickly, and was hooked as well.
The only reason for not buying this game is that you have other things to do in your life. But if you do buy it, you probably won't care about them anyway.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Super Monkey Ball is the finest multiplayer experience on the Gamecube without doubt. The 6 games on offer are a perfectly designed blend of accessibility and addictiveness - simple enough for anybody to play yet maddeningly difficult to stop. Monkey Target for example, in which you have to land your flying monkey on large floating darts-style targets in the sea, is particularly compulsive and long, long sessions with friends on this game alone are not uncommon. It really is that much fun.
The single-player mode is very different, but just as great - an intimate test of dexterity that infuriates and delights in equal measure. The beauty of the level design is in its simplicity - upon failure only you, the player, are to blame and you soon realise that with practice the seemingly impossible, infuriating feats of improbable aptitude become levels that you are positively racing through for extra points, grabbing every last banana on your way. It's a triumphant return to the old-school gaming ethic - gaming as a challenging endeavour of self-improvement, rather than the prevailing modern trend of narrative progression. There is no story here - just a series of increasingly difficult obstacles between you and high-score glory. As such, those looking for an easy time should perhaps look to other titles - or perhaps just to the sublime multiplayer games, all of which can be played solo, against computer-controlled opponents. Easily one of the best games on Gamecube or any format, Super Monkey Ball is irresistable fun and an essential purchase.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super monkey Ball - Originality personified 13 Mar 2002
Like many sega games before it (such as Chu-Chu Rocket),Super monkey ball is insanely addicitve as well as frustratingly difficult at times. The main concept of Super Monkey Ball is to guide your monkey, which is encased inside of a ball, towards the "goal" on the level. Unlike any other platfrom game before it, the player moves the whole platform, to move your little monkey around the level. The controls are instantly intuititve, and are ideally suited to the gamecube controller. The game has a good learning curve, with the early levels being relatively easy for the casual gamer, becoming increasingly hard up to the 'Expert' level, which can cause premature hair loss!
The game aslo has many mini games such as monkeypool, monkeygolf and monkeybowling, which could be games themselves. However where this game shines is multiplayer mode, where with a few freinds over you can play the "party" games for hours on end. Super Monkey Ball is one of the most original games ever made,and has sold surprisingly well in the U.S.
This game should come with a health warning, you could go days with out seeing sunlight.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most fun you can have with monkeys. 8 May 2002
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If Super Monkey Ball consisted only of the main game, it would still be a great buy. The physics of the tilting floors are remarkably convincing, the animations are fluid and characterful, and the photorealistic backgrounds are gorgeous (if you get a chance to glance at them while playing!). Enormous care and imagination has gone into creating the various obstacles and the controls and gameplay fall into the elusive 'simple but maddeningly difficult' category that makes for longevity.
But then add Monkey Race, a Mario Kart style cartoon racer; the loopy Monkey Fight (where your ball is customised with a spring-loaded boxing glove to whack opponents off the playing platform); and the delightful Monkey Target (zoom off a ski jump and fly your monkey towards drop zones far out to sea) -- not to mention three mini-games to be unlocked when you save enough points -- and SMB starts to look like one of the best deals in gaming history. Those crazy Sega guys have even made a mini-game out of the credit sequence.
There's something to suit every mood, from the frenetic (Race) to the serene (Target), and enough multiplayer modes to ensure that this disc will never be far from your Cube. As the previous reviewer suggested, you might not get out much. But who cares? If the world were like Super Monkey Ball, it would be a better place. A legend in the making.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple gaming joy 26 Nov 2002
Super monkey ball serves as the perfect answer to all those that say that "interactive movies" are the way forward for gaming. And, of course, that answer is ... don't be silly!
Video games are ALL about fun. Super Monkey Ball provides that in spades. It's a simple premise, delivered excellently.
Infectious, happy music. Cute, colourful graphics that complement the game superbly. A control system that actually allows you to feel in control - You never feel cheated by this game.
The main game "simply" involves navigating your monkey from start to finish, within a time limit, on increasingly more complex levels. Collect bananas along the way to gain extra lives. Sounds simple? Don't be fooled. The learning curve and level design is beautiful; providing, in turns, moments of forehead-slapping and moments of pure inspiration.
VAriety is provided by 6 sub-games: Monkey Target, Monkey Fight, Monkey RAce, Monkey Billiards, Monkey Bowling and Monkey golf. Each game is exactly as it says on the tin. The first of the 3 are lovely multplayer games. The last three are have to be unlocked, atlhough to be honest, they haven't yet arrested my attention.
Overall, Monkey Ball is a tribute to the simple pleasure of proving your own skill. One of the most enjoyable games I've played in a long time. It's also a game that no Gamecube owner should be without.
Heartily Recommended to all gamers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Workrd completely fine.
Published 29 days ago by Omar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by sparticus
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
Great game, daft but lots of fun. Me and my friends have enjoyed to for years, brings back some good memories
Published 9 months ago by edward c. wilkes
5.0 out of 5 stars A find in deed
Had all but given up trying to find this game but the quality of what i bought was superb, will be having many hours of fun and looking at this sellers other items...
Published 11 months ago by Karl cruickshank
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
I recently re-bought this game to begin learning to "Speed Run" it, forgetting just how difficult it actually was however it's an amazing if not somewhat quirky game I'd... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kieran Bennett
1.0 out of 5 stars Why do so many people like this game it sucks!
Why do so many people like this game it's not that good because the only modes that were good in main game was Beginner and Advanced Except Expert be because of bad level Design... Read more
Published 24 months ago by SuperAaron98
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Monkey Ball
Good game, but there is only one main game you can play until you earn 1000 play points to unlock others.
Still, the main game is quite fun with a couple of people.
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by Gadgetmace
4.0 out of 5 stars monkey Mania
Excellent gamecube game if you got a wii and a classic controller you need to try this game both fun and challenging puzzler, in equal measure. Read more
Published on 17 April 2011 by rysebuys
3.0 out of 5 stars :)
Loved this game since it came out!! Playing it on the gamecube is probably better than playing it on anything else i think. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2009 by K. Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gamecube gem with monkeys
Super Monkey Ball is without a doubt one of the finest games released for the ageing GC system. What makes it even more surprising is that it was one of the first titles released... Read more
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