7.8

If you're looking for a great puzzle game or just want Super Monkey Ball on the go you have come to the right place

Super Monkey Ball is an addictive puzzle game that offers players the chance they've always dreamed of, putting monkey's in large balls and rolling them around crazy mazes. The aim is to get your monkey through the goal at the end of each course without falling off the edge and it actually starts off pretty easy with the goal being placed directly in front of you. The further you progress the harder you will find it, navigating your monkey through thin twisting paths with very limited time in which to reach the goal can get rather frantic. It's the simplicity of the whole game that makes the gameplay so addictive, not unlike a small game known as Tetris which is still played by millions today.

This game in a nutshell is a conversion of the Gamecube game Super Monkey Ball, infact almost everything is completely identical. While you may see this as a bad thing if you already have the original nestled in your collection, i can only see it as a step forward in the series. This game looks amazing and could hold it's own against it's counterparts on a much more powerful system and i can only praise it for that. It's just a shame no new features have been added for this version, it is basically the same 4 monkey's, the same 3 difficulty settings and the same 69 stages. The game also includes 3 of the mini-games featured in the original, Monkey Fight, Monkey Golf and Monkey Bowling which may keep you occupied longer than the main game itself. These are highly addictive and can be played with friends using a link cable, in addition to the 3 playable mini-games a 4th mini-game is unlocked when you're connected via your link cable called Duel. While only available as a multiplayer game it is still a welcome addition and can bring hours of fun with the right amount of people.

The game features a bouncy upbeat soundtrack and a whole host of sound effects that will put a smile on your face. From the over enthusiastic pings and pangs of you flying around the course to your monkey whimpering, it all adds to the zanyness that is Super Monkey Ball. While the audio may not be the best on the Game Boy Advance it still brings the game together nicely.

Super Monkey Ball Jr does have it's problems though, at the end of the day it is just a puzzle game so you aren't going to be blown away by gameplay, graphics or audio like you would in other games from different genres to be honest. Also the D-pad just wasn't designed for these kinds of games and will see you losing countless lives because of it, this game is more suited for an analogue stick. This is however a great conversion of a game that is so addictive in it's gameplay and has such a great multiplayer that it would be a welcome addition to any handheld collection. If you're looking for a great puzzle game or just want Super Monkey Ball on the go you have come to the right place.

Gameplay - Addictive and fun, 4 multiplayer games that will bring you and your friends hours of entertainment.

Graphics - Great looking conversion of the original and a great game to show off the GBA's potential.

Sound - Upbeat soundtrack and zany sound effects are a welcome addition to the game.

Value - Plenty of levels to complete and some great mini-games bring the whole package together.

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