The first thing I have to say about this game is the down sides....and there are two....Monkey Target and Monkey Golf. Sega have taken these two games and destroyed them, well they are a bit of a let down. Golf is no longer a simple putting game and the courses are too large.....well ive only played the first course cause i cant take any more. As for target, well its still a good game but no where near as brilliant as the original....where is the wheel of misfortune or the selection of islands??? This can be rectified by having the first game, or if you havent played the original games then these may probably great so dont worry. Saying that, the ability to crash into other monkeys and send five down the ramp is appealing.... The rest of the game is nothing short of amazing however. The other mini games are vastly improved especially the crazy lanes on bowling and the new versions of pool....plus get a few mates around and there is nothing better than a sudden death fight. In the one player game, the physics are spot on once. The levels are suitably different to the original. This time there is a lot more avoiding moving items and less winding path ways. The story mode adds and element of humour and makes the experiance even more enjoyable. I cant wait to unlock all the mini games! If you havent got the first game then get this, if you have why are you reading monkey ball reviews....it should be in your game cube now.