| The Good
150 (!!) new floors
Brand new mini-games
Good, simple fun
| The Bad
Boring Story mode
Graphics are nothing special
Super Monkey Ball - One
of the first great games for the GameCube, and the sequel
is a worthy addition to the disturbingly cute, primate series.
The plot: Wait. Should a game with monkeys encased
in plastic balls even have a plot? Nope, it shouldn't. The
story mode as a whole is just some floors set in different
backgrounds (you know, the generic fire world, jungle world,
etc.). It seems like the developers didn't put an ounce of
effort into the Story Mode. Well, I'll at least try to explain
just what the heck it is: An evil Scientist called "Dr. Bad-Boon"
steals all of AiAi's village's bananas! The only way to get
them back is if MeeMee (AiAi's girlfriend) marries Bad-Boon.
How will AiAi get out of this pickle? Play the story mode
and figure out for yourself, if you can stomach it. It's really
just a sad attempt of putting life into these already bland
looking characters. If Amusement Vision just put more mini-games
instead of a Story Mode, I would have been a lot happier.
Not only this, but the mode is accompanied with one of the
worst lines in video game history, "The Magical Spell is Ei-Ei-Poo".
Gameplay: Well, this is one category that Super
Monkey Ball 2 shines like a bright star. While the basic
premise (rolling a ball through a "Goal" sign) is very simple,
it will take some mad monkey balling skills to beat the expert
mode. Like the first game, the expert mode is hard, almost
impossible. But if you have beaten the first game's expert
mode, then this one should be a breeze. Also, every level
is has an interesting obstacle (falling dominoes, a spinning
top, etc.) Now, for you casual players, the simple and normal
modes should keep you busy until you unlock all the mini-games
and that's another story....
The Graphics: While the first game didn't win any
awards for best graphics, this one won't either. I noticed
that Amusement Vision was able to cut out some of the jaggies
and other imperfections from the first title. But they're
not completely gone. They also added some nice backgrounds
to spice things up, but they lose their novelty after a few
rounds. All in all, the graphics had no major overhauls or
anything, so it basically looks like the first game all over
The Sound: This is one of the weakest, and probably
the weakest aspect of Super Monkey Ball series. I really
hate that Amusement Vision didn't take the time to upgrade
the sound effects and music. You still here that weird melody
blurring through your speakers. Also, the monkeys don't have
any new things to say either. All you here are there queer
grunts when they bump into stuff, like in Super Monkey
Ball. I'm also getting tired of the same monkey ball cast.
I really hope Amusement Vision can clear up these major problems
for the next sequel, and I wouldn't mind a little online play
The mini-games: Hands down, the best party game out
there for any platform. You'll feel pure bliss when you're
with 3 of your closest buddies playing a casual game of Monkey
Race. The game also sports 12 mini-games - 6 of them are new,
and the other ones a improved versions from the last Monkey
Ball title. And if you are are not much for sports sims (like
me) than this might be the only sports game you'll ever need!
They are all mostly just good mindless fun! But a few of the
games require a bit of strategy (Monkey Billiards, one of
my personal favorites requires a little bit of brains to succeed)
besides some button-mashing. This is by far the strongest,
and most improved part of this good game.
While it is a fun romp, it does have a few glaring flaws,
and hopefully Amusement Vision can clear those up before the
next title. If you're already finishing up Super
Mario Sunshine and need something to gnaw on for a few
weeks, than meet your new best friend - his name is Super
Monkey Ball 2.