Release Date: 12/1/2009
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The Good: Looks good, sounds good, lots of levels, fun mini-games
The Bad: Precise tilting brings down the experience quite a bit
Super Monkey Ball is one of those games that you can’t put down. With it’s tilt the level to get the ball to the goal game play you can’t go wrong. Monkey Ball 2 does a good job utilizing the touch devices’ accelerometer, but it’s not as easy as you think. The game is very hard and requires precise tilting which brings the fun factor down a bit.
There are dozens of levels and they all look great and the music is charming as well as the visuals, but some level are just down right a nightmare. Each setting has 20 levels and they are broken into sets of 10. Some sets have bonus stages which allow you to collect bananas to give you more lives. 10 bananas gives you a life and you will greatly need them if you keep dying. Thankfully even if you run out of lives you can continue and restart the level so I don’t know what the point of lives are. Even if you fall off and use a life there are no checkpoints so you just restart.
There are 3 mini-games that are really fun which are bowling, darts, and golf. You can save replays to view later, but the constant replay after each death gets really annoying. Monkey Ball 2 is well worth the purchase it’s just the tilting requires too much precision and delicate timing and this brings down the fun factor quite a bit. I highly recommend this game for any age and you will have a blast.