Super Monkey Ball

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Arcade
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GameCube
84
3.8
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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 Monkey fight!
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Monkey bowling
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Goal!!!!!
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Race 2, 3 or 4 monkeys using a split screen

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. GameCube Sycada (175)
Great multiplayer game, lacks story GameCube Da-Flea (27)

Critic Reviews

games xtreme GameCube May 07, 2002 9.2 out of 10 92
Gaming Target GameCube Apr 19, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
4Players.de GameCube May 16, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Gamesmania.de GameCube May 05, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Game Informer Magazine GameCube Nov, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Revolution GameCube Nov, 2001 B+ 83
Sliced Gaming (GameBiz) GameCube Apr 15, 2003 82 out of 100 82
Gamezone (Germany) GameCube Oct 05, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games GameCube Dec 13, 2003 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos GameCube 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

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