Super Monkey Ball (GameCube)

Everyone
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Gameplay
84
Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
User Score
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Description

You play as one of four monkeys, each one trapped inside a transparent ball. You are tasked with reaching the goal in each level by tilting the playing field, resulting in your monkey "rolling" forward or backward. Several obstacles lay in between your monkey and the goal, and a time limit means you can never spend too long on a given level. Bananas are found across the levels, which both contribute to your score and grant an extra life per 100 collected.

The three main difficulty levels are Beginner, Advanced, and Expert, each of which offers more maps to play and a greater challenge. EX and Master levels are unlocked by performing well on these maps. A Competition mode allows multiple players to play these levels simultaneously on a split screen.

There are also various mini-games for you to unlock, such as Monkey Billiards and Monkey Bowling.

Screenshots

Super Monkey Ball GameCube The path gets narrower
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Monkey bowling
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Character Selection
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Underwater Monkey Race

Alternate Titles

  • "スーパーモンキーボール" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Sega bring us yet another brilliantly playable and original arcade game. Sycada (175) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Great multiplayer game, lacks story Da-Flea (27) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

games xtreme May 07, 2002 9.2 out of 10 92
GameSpy Nov 20, 2001 91 out of 100 91
GamePro (US) Nov 16, 2001 4.5 out of 5 90
Gamesmania.de May 05, 2002 88 out of 100 88
64 Power / big.N / N Games Apr, 2002 86 out of 100 86
IGN Nov 16, 2001 8.3 out of 10 83
Sliced Gaming (GameBiz) Apr 15, 2003 82 out of 100 82
Bright Hub Nov 24, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2001 7.75 out of 10 78
UOL Jogos Jan 31, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Super Monkey Ball appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Bananas

The developers of Super Monkey Ball actually licensed the logo for Dole bananas for the bananas in game.

Product codes

For the Japanese and German releases of the game, a game media product code normally used for multi-disc games was used.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – GameCube Action Game of the Year

JPaterson (9103) added Super Monkey Ball (GameCube) on Dec 12, 2001
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