|By Andrew Raub||Friday, 7 May 2004|
Super Monkey Ball came in under the radar early in the GameCube’s life. It quickly gained a cult following and became known as one of the greatest multiplayer games available.
The concept is simple, yet very odd. You play as monkeys that are trapped inside of protective balls, and you roll them around. There are many modes of play, both single player or up to 4 players.
The single player mode is very reminiscent of Marble Madness. You roll your monkey around a course collecting bananas and try to reach the goal within the allotted time. Progressing through the levels will not be easy. Some of the Expert mode levels seem nearly impossible. Luckily, beating every level is not necessary. You get points to unlock mini games just by playing the single player mode over and over, but the more levels you beat the more points you get.
From the beginning there are 3 mini games unlocked. These are Monkey Race, Monkey Fight, and Monkey Target. Monkey Race is a simple racing game not unlike Mario Kart. Monkey Fight is a hectic game in which the monkeys compete to knock each other off of the platform with their punching gloves. Monkey target is a flying game in which the monkeys attempt to land on the targets for a high score.
Using points earned in the single player mode you can unlock Monkey Billiards, Monkey Bowling, and Monkey Golf. These are basically just monkeyized versions of their real life counterparts. Monkey Billiards and Monkey Golf are particularly fun. Super Monkey Ball offers up some great competitive games to keep 4 friends occupied for a while. You won’t find a more diverse multiplayer game on any other system.