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You should buy Super Monkey Ball if you (A) enjoy playing really good, unique games, (B) don't have the Game Boy Advance version, and (C) like taking long watches on the beach. Why would you want Super Monkey Ball on the beach? Every gamer knows that the outside world is a scary place. We're like vampires – too much sun is not a good thing! But having Monkey Ball at your side can make any boring outdoor experience a lot more entertaining.
Super Monkey Ball is an ideal handheld game to dip in-and-out of, and despite its minor shortcomings this N-Gage port is very playable. The level design is top-notch with a perfect degree of difficulty, and overall it has an addictive charm that's impossible to resist.
The single-player action of the Amusement Vision classic is still intact, of course, and newcomers to the franchise will definitely get some enjoyment out of the title. So if Monkey Ball was your prime reason for buying an N-Gage, then sit this one out. Then again, nobody buys a gaming platform for just one game, so be sure to check out the other N-Gage offerings if you're in the market for a new handheld. N-Gage and Monkey Ball seemed like a perfect match, but this rushed version just doesn't live up to the glory of its predecessors.
Super Monkey Ball on N-Gage is a missed opportunity. One of the most accessible, frantic party games arrives as a choppy, single-player-only port. This should have been the game to really showcase the system's wireless Bluetooth abilities, but instead it's just another entry into the growing "played a better version a year ago" book. With the core multiplayer gameplay dynamics and mini-games like Golf and Bowling missing, Super Monkey Ball for N-Gage is just half the game it used to be. The single-player action of the Amusement Vision classic is still intact, of course, and newcomers to the franchise will definitely get some enjoyment out of the title.
Une adaptation correcte pour le titre de Sega, mais qui ne présente aucun intérêt pour ceux qui auront déjà joué à la version GameCube. Super Monkey Ball demeure malgré tout un jeu sympathique et idéal pour tester sa maîtrise de soi.
The GameCube launched with a new Sega franchise known as Super Monkey Ball, a 3D puzzle game, involving of all things, monkeys in balls. As odd as this concept might sound, it turned out to be one of the best games on the Cube during the retail 2001 holiday season. With the launch of N-Gage came Sega to the rescue in the puzzle department with none other than a miniature version of the GCN favorite.
Super Monkey Ball would have been a much better game if it had included multiplayer support in its minigames. Perhaps support for the N-Gage Arena service in the game's monkey race mode would have also been a nice touch. But without these features, Super Monkey Ball falls a little flat. The basic game is still worth playing if you're an N-Gage owner, but its no-frills feature list is a disappointment.
This game isn't full of buzzers and whistles; it's simply got core gameplay elements that work. The level designs, which gradually increase in complexity, are graded perfectly to train even a casual gamer into Monkey Ball mastery. No story, no multiplayer, no cutscenes, no weapons: just a monkey. Which proves, I'm sure, some adage about fun and monkeys.
I'm really sad to be giving Super Monkey Ball such a low score, as I can see some effort has been put in to make it work on the N-Gage. Despite the frame rate and the vertical screen issues, some of the playability remains and the graphics are very good. I can appreciate cramming in the original soundtrack must have been a tough order but the sheer volume and repetitiveness could have been worked on. However, when all is said and done, you won't be playing this game long. The single player only has 45 levels, 30 of which aren't too taxing and the lack of multiplayer is the killing stroke. I only hope these issues are addressed if they come to release Super Monkey Ball 2, which could still be a classic N-Gage puzzler if they can fit it on here.
Hätte man sich etwas mehr Zeit für Feinschliff und einen Mehrspieler-Modus genommen, würde die Bewertung sicher höher ausfallen.
The lack of multiplayer options is the game's biggest flaw and the title never rises above a mini-game status.
Super Monkey Ball should have turned out a lot better on the N-Gage. It should have been a simple conversion, in this case it isn't.
Oavsett hur gärna jag vill spela det här på tåget så tvingas jag inse faktum: så länge ingen utvecklar en maskin med en analog styrspak så är apornas bärbara utflykter dömda att sluta i ond, bråd död.
The N-Gage simply can't handle the game Amusement Vision has built, and it almost makes you wonder whether they had any idea how it would run on the final hardware when they signed off on it. As a single-player game it will probably offer a few hours of gameplay, but fun is relatively thin on the ground, and the absence of multiplayer and some of the other versions' better mini-games (Bowling, for example) merely serves to ram the point home. The fact that you can get a GBA SP and the infinitely superior Super Monkey Ball Jr. for less than half the price of an N-Gage and Monkey Ball just makes things worse. In fact, you can get a GameCube, a copy of Super Monkey Ball 2 and a small portable TV for what Nokia wants for their 'game deck'. A poor first taste of N-Gage gaming.