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92 (Feb 15, 2006)
With its 300 levels, huge multiplayer modes, and its addictive gameplay, Super Monkey Ball Deluxe is a must have game for anyone who enjoys simplistic pick-up-and-play gameplay that provides a real challenge or anyone who is looking for an enjoyable new party game. Xbox owners who buy this game should consider themselves lucky that Sega finally decided to let them in on what the GameCube owners have enjoyed for the last five years.
TalkXbox (Apr 01, 2005)
For only $30, you get one of the most content rich games of recent memory. There are 300 missions in the story mode, 12 very addictive mini-games for up to four players and countless hours of gameplay here. This game is great for any age demographic, with simple gameplay and controls, coupled with its addictive multiplayer. It’s also appropriate and targeted to kids, because of the cartoon aesthetic, simple sound and kiddie story. The challenge provided on some levels also makes this perfect for the older crowd. If you’re looking for an addictive, easy to pick up and play game, there’s no better monkey rolling game than Super Monkey Ball Deluxe.
86 (Oct 04, 2005)
All of this makes Super Monkey Ball Deluxe a game that is well worth its asking price for the single player game, let alone the addition of an ace multiplayer experience. It is probably also the game that you'll be telling your friends about one day after your trip to A&E, on that fateful night when you collapsed and inadvertently knocked your face into the shape of a control pad. All that remains to be said, perhaps, is remember to take regular breaks and to pray for a next-generation installment that includes online support.
DarkZero (Aug 29, 2005)
A great game, remade, not much extra added, but still a great game. Any Xbox owners who never had these on the GameCube owes it to themselves to buy this. It’s a pity that more wasn’t added, but this still stands out as a good single player, and outstanding multiplayer game. There’s only one good reason not to buy it, and that’s owning Monkey Ball 1 and 2 already.
IGN (Mar 09, 2005)
Super Monkey Ball Deluxe is a testament to simple game design. Anyone can pick up a controller and enjoy the early boards and mini-games. The game really shines when a group of friends get together for some multiplayer monkey action. If you enjoy gaming with friends the party mode alone may be worth the purchase. Give this game a try and you just might become addicted to the frantic and accessible Monkey Ball.
83 (Sep 16, 2005)
Ich will ehrlich sein, ich bin kein großer Fan von Affen und Bananen mag ich auch nicht wirklich gern. Trotzdem hat es mit Super Monkey Ball Deluxe angetan. Das einfache Spielprinzip wurde behalten und durch etliche neue Welten und Minispielen aufgemotzt. Die verschiedenen Abschnitte haben mich zwar teilweise zur Weißglut getrieben, wurden aber dank Konzentration immer gelöst. Meine Kumpels wurden im Multiplayermodus abgezogen und ich hab mein weißes Shirt anbehalten. Ich kann jedem Geschicklichkeitsfan diesen Titel nur wärmstens ans Herz legen. Auch jüngere Spieler können ruhig einen Blick rein werfen, bietet es doch Knuddeloptik aller erster Güte.
1UP (Apr 12, 2005)
The mini-games and the main game all look like they have went on a TLC make-over show and had gone through a makeshift graphics transformation. Applying make-up doesn't necessarily mean the end product will be stunning. The game's graphics are still dated despite the new background changes and themed stages. But it's no biggie -- the monkeys are still sucrosely cute, and the levels are well designed. I could complain about the absence of online play, but the Super Monkey Ball experience really stems from the single-player mode. The bottom line is that this is an amazingly good way to spend a few bucks and many, many, many hours.
Gaming Age (Mar 31, 2005)
In the overall, this game is definitely worth an open-minded try. Sure, it has its flaws, but it�s also a lot of fun, especially with more than one player. There�s a reason Super Monkey Ball was so popular for the Cube, and now that Sega has opened up the party to Xbox and PS2 users, you should really consider going out, buying this title and joining in on the ball-rolling excitement.
XBox Front (Mar 21, 2005)
Das Sega für Spiele der anderen Art bekannt ist, dürfte nichts neues sein. Neu hingegen ist, dass die japanischen Entwickler sich nun auch auf der Xbox offiziell zum Affen machen. Nachdem Sega im Jahr 2001 bereits den Gamecube mit Monkey Ball eroberten, haben sie für dieses Jahr tief in ihrer Mottenkiste gewühlt, den Titel entstaubt und fachgerecht auf die Xbox konvertiert. Ob dieser Titel wirklich ein „Affenspaß“ ist, oder nur ein Spiel für den kleinen Spielehunger zwischendurch, erfahrt ihr in unserem Test.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Sep 01, 2005)
Ska jag spela Super Monkey Ball plockar jag fortfarande helst fram det allra först till Gamecube. Där slipper jag fånerier som story och får ett högt tempo med en logiskt utveckling av svårighetsgraden. I Super Monkey Ball Deluxe tvingas jag genomlida en riktigt pinsam historia, se ruttna filmsekvenser och sitta och välja banor istället för att snabbt få dem tilldelade. Dessutom är banorna hopblandade, så det är inte så lätt att bara spela de banor man vill. Nåja, det är fortfarande Super Monkey Ball och ett helt underbart spel som trots Segas försök att rasera fortfarande är roligare än det mesta. Har man ingen Gamecube och är ute efter ett superkul spel som är roligt för alla åldrar oavsett skicklighetsnivå, lika skoj att bara ta upp i fem minuter som att spela i fem timmar och lika roligt för den ensamme som på fyra delatagare är Super Monkey Ball Deluxe helt oumbärligt. Köp. Det här är en klassiker som kommer att stå sig i många år och som man faktiskt inte får missa.
GameDaily (Mar 21, 2005)
But that doesn't make Super Monkey Ball Deluxe any kind of loser. Not only did it have a good online campaign (featuring a kid named Chad stuck in a ball of his own) and a good history of sales on the GameCube, but it got introduced at a meager $30, $20 off the typical game price. Not bad at all, considering the values it carries for both single player and multiplayer modes. Super Monkey Ball Deluxe may not be the granddaddy of the apes like it wants to be, but that doesn't mean he just fell off the tree either. Pick it up and go ape already. (OK, enough puns, just get the game.)
GameSpy (Mar 14, 2005)
Sure, the game looks like a Dreamcast graphics demo, and its precepts haven't changed much since the arcade original based on similar hardware, but it's the gameplay that sells this title, almost as much as your love of monkeys. If you're a monkey baller with previous experience, and need those 46 extra stages, or you're looking for a unique puzzle challenge in-between bouts of Halo 2, then it's time to get down to some business: Monkey Business.
TeamXbox (Mar 15, 2005)
With all of the first-person shooters and mature titles on the Xbox, it’s great to see a simple game like Super Monkey Ball Deluxe finally come along. Party games are few and far between on Microsoft’s console and this definitely fits the bill for 4 player fun. We’re a bit bummed at no Xbox Live support, but we can hold out hope for future versions. With 300 single-player stages there is plenty of monkey rolling gameplay in store, however, we could do without the lackluster story. Despite its flaws, Super Monkey Ball Deluxe is as addictive as the likes of Tetris and Lemmings and worth a rental at the very least. At a price of $29.99, we think everyone should get their Super Monkey Ball “roll on”.
Bordersdown (Jul, 2005)
Monkey Ball is as fantastic a game as it ever was. It’s one of those rare games which are so good they feel genuinely ageless; pure, uninhibited pick up and play genius with not one button to press. Anyone who never had a GameCube can now play the all best bits two of the most innovative and entertaining games of the last ten years. Anyone who’s already got the two original games can feel, for a few precious days, like they’ve never played them before. Either way, this is one of modern gaming’s few truly classic franchises, and it’s hard to pick fault with Super Monkey Ball DX as the definitive version.
AceGamez (Sep, 2005)
Super Monkey Ball Deluxe is puzzling fun at its best and now it's available for the PS2 and Xbox, with little incentive to buy it if you've already had the Gamecube instalments. Nearly fifty extra levels and some revamped mini games isn't enough, especially not when you're going onto the online-enabled consoles. It would have been grand to play this game online and if those options were open, you'd be reading a different review altogether. Ultimately, if you've not had the pleasure of playing this on the Cube and you have a couple of mates to enjoy this title with, then it's definitely worth the money. Better yet, wait for this one to drop ten pounds in price and pick up a bargain worth rolling home with.
80 (UK) (Sep 13, 2005)
To bring myself all together, Monkey Ball is something you need to own, but this may not be the version for you. If you haven't played it before and you liked the sound of the first half of the review, get the first Cube game. If you haven't played it before and you just want to play mini-games and duck around a few mazes now and then, get the Cube sequel or get this - and pick the Xbox version over the PS2 if the option's available to you. If you're just reading to compare notes, get the hell out of here - unless you have some burning desire to play spot the difference, neither the £25 PS2 version or the £30 Xbox version are worth adding to your stack of Monkeys.
Super Monkey Ball Deluxe isn’t a surprising game, we were expecting an addictive pick up and play title and we got exactly that. The single player mode is extensive enough to play solo, whereas the multiplayer mode is so well developed that it is like twelve multiplayer games in one. Those who owned the Gamecube versions may be a little more wary about picking the game up, but for those who have always wanted to try Monkey Ball on the Gamecube, this is the perfect opportunity. Prepare to be lost for hours in this game, either single player or multiplayer.
80 (Feb 22, 2008)
Concludendo, chiunque dica di amare i giochi arcade senza possedere SMBD è un bugiardo; non solo i 300 livelli di gioco garantiscono una buona longevità, ma dove finisce il puzzle ci pensa il party game a rafforzare il tutto, specie se giocato in compagnia. Armatevi dunque di un pad funzionante, Pentazemin (fastidioso, il tremore al pollice), due spicci per comprare il gioco da Ebay e preparatevi a fare (ehm…) primati! E ricordate: la parola magica è… Al-Al-Puuu!!!!
GameSpot (Mar 15, 2005)
The biggest factor working against Super Monkey Ball Deluxe is the time between the original GameCube releases of the Super Monkey Ball games and their consolidated latter-day arrival on the Xbox and PlayStation 2. There are probably a few tweaks that would've made Super Monkey Ball Deluxe a more attractive package, such as enhanced graphics or online play, but the biggest help would've been if it had come out about two years earlier.
77 (Sep 08, 2005)
Fangen wir gleich mal mit dem nervigsten Punkt der Dauergrinse-Affen an: Das Intro, und da speziell die Musik, ist derart mit dem Hackebeil auf gute Laune getrimmt, dass ich kotzen könnte. Ich bin wirklich ein grundfröhlicher Mensch, aber was hier an penetranter gute Laune aus den Boxen gequetscht wird, geht weit über das Stadium der Trommelfellfolter hinaus. Gott sei Dank ist das schnell weggedrückt, denn der Rest des Spiels macht, auch wenn er in mehr als nur optischer Hinsicht drei Jahre zu spät kommt, wirklich Spaß: Die Levelmassen sind herausfordernd bis verdammt anspruchsvoll, die Steuerung einfach, die Mehrspielergames das Gruppenhighlight – speziell das Segelfliegen hat’s mir angetan! Allerdings ist es mir völlig unverständlich, wieso PS2 und Xbox erst so spät beafft werden. Das Spiel hat zwar auch heute noch seinen nicht zu leugnenden Charme, wirkt aber schon ziemlich angestaubt.
GameZone (Mar 23, 2005)
If you have never played Super Monkey Ball before then this game will be one everyone should check out, and at least rent it. One of the best things is that this game, even though it can be really frustrating, is suitable for the younger gamers that might be in your household.
JeuxActu (Oct 11, 2005)
Efficace seul, Super Monkey Ball Deluxe est un jeu à se partager. Avec un nouveau mode Challenge proposé pour cette version Deluxe, il va falloir prendre des risques pour battre le chrono des voisins et devenir le roi du stick, sur des parcours de plus en plus ardus. Et pour se changer un peu les idées, rien de tel que la douzaine de minis jeux proposés et pouvant se jouer à 4. Si la course et la boxe sont 100% efficaces, d’autres jeux comme le foot et le tennis se révèlent bien moins originaux, même s’ils ont toutefois su garder l’esprit délirant de la série. Réunissant les niveaux des deux premiers Super Monkey Ball et y intégrant 46 autres exclusifs, le contenu de cette version Deluxe justifie à lui seul l’attente, et si cela n’est pas suffisant, sachez que le jeu est proposé à un prix mini. Difficile de résister.
Diehard GameFan (Mar 23, 2005)
If you have the GCN versions, there’s no real point in picking this up. You can just rent the game and beat story mode or challenge mode in a weekend. The reason to keep this is in the mini games. If you have an Xbox or PS2, and you’ve never owned or played the Super Monkey Ball games, certainly pick this up, especially if you have a lot of friends. You’ll get an amazing amount of enjoyment out of this if you do
Factornews (Oct 12, 2005)
A l'instar de Super Monkey Ball 2, cette édition Deluxe propose douze mini-jeux. Les excellents Monkey Bowling, Monkey Golf et Monkey Cible y côtoient les moyens Monkey Tennis ou Monkey Boxe. Reste que ces modes de jeu souvent fendards et jouables jusqu'à quatre permettent de passer de bonnes soirées entre potes et rallongent d'autant la durée de vie déjà conséquente du titre. Bien entendu, on pourra toujours pester contre l'absence de renouveau graphique, contre le fait que l'on nous ressert toujours la même soupe réchauffée, mais ce serait bouder son plaisir. Et ce serait également oublier tous les joueurs qui n'ont pu jouer à un Monkey Ball, faut d'avoir une Gamecube sous le coude. Ces derniers peuvent foncer tête baissée sur ce Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, ils ne le regretteront pas. Car remake ou pas, Monkey Ball reste un grand jeu, assurément.
Cheat Code Central (Aug, 2005)
Looks like the spoils have come to those who wait. Super Monkey Ball Deluxe ships this March. Remember, hamsters and gerbils in balls = good. Monkeys in balls = cute but extremely freakin' dangerous.
70 (Aug 29, 2005)
Même si la sortie de cette compilation de Super Monkey Ball nous donne un peu l'impression que la série stagne depuis quelques années, il faut reconnaître que le soft vient combler une lacune en permettant à un nouveau public de s'essayer au plus terrible des jeux d'adresse qui soit sur consoles. Cette édition n'est toutefois pas à conseiller à ceux qui connaissent déjà les versions GameCube.
Game Revolution (Apr 06, 2005)
Super Monkey Ball Deluxe combines all the competitive modes and action of the prior two versions in a nice but dated package for the Xbox. If you're a ridiculously happy gamer with a passion for bright colors or a really dark one with a healthy sense of irony, give these balls a squeeze [I lied. - ED.]
360 Magazine (Aug, 2005)
It might reek of Nintendo Telly Tubbery and get harder than a Docker's punch, but Super Monkey Ball Deluxe is a well crafted piece of software that you'd be well advised to check out. It's a bit like a bag of Jelly Tots; you want to dive in, but you wouldn't want your mates to see you doing it. So do it behind closed doors.