Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll DS

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Feb 21, 2006
Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
Buy On
  1. It’s a great pick-up-and-play title, and it’s got a Tetris-quality addiction factor.
  2. The developers have done an excellent job bringing the game to a system with less power and fans of the series will obviously pick this one up, but it’s also an excellent introduction to the crazy world of the super monkeys for new comers.
  3. It is perfect for short sessions of play, possesses serviceable multiplayer functionality, and its sufficient production values make for one of the most unexpectedly fun times on the system.
  4. Patience is a virtue, though, and player perseverance should eventually reap its reward, and, as stated earlier, any mounting frustrations are soon forgotten because Touch & Roll is simply impossible to dislike.
  5. 85
    If you want a gripping adventure about the perils of a young monkey trapped in a quarantine bubble then this is probably not the game for you.
  6. If you love quirky, concept games like "Katamari Damacy," you will love this game.
  7. But what you really get is an all-encompassing Monkey Ball experience that rivals what is offered on consoles. Though a few modes are missing, a few more have been added to supplement them. [JPN Import]
  8. Game Informer
    80
    With 50 new levels, 50 favorites from the past, some cool new minigames like the FPS Monkey War and a version of air hockey, plus single-cart multiplayer, this is yet another nice addition to the DS library. [Apr 2006, p.134]
  9. An otherwise solid title plagued by ghastly controls, Super Monkey Ball: Touch and Roll is frustrating at best, its saving grace being a slew of incredibly fun minigames.

Awards & Rankings

#35 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
#38 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 27, 2016
    8
    This game has a good idea and it uses it correctly. The game is flawed so the good idea wasn't used 100% correctly but this game is stillThis game has a good idea and it uses it correctly. The game is flawed so the good idea wasn't used 100% correctly but this game is still decent enough. Full Review »
  2. TweenCoure
    Feb 14, 2008
    9
    I think this game is awesome. Some levels are extremely hard, while others are beatable in less than a minute. The stylus/button pad makes itI think this game is awesome. Some levels are extremely hard, while others are beatable in less than a minute. The stylus/button pad makes it all the better, & it's even better with multiplayer and party games. Most games are repeated fromother game systems, such as PS2- but that doesn't make them any easier to beat! The colors are energizing and eye-popping, but the only downsize is there's no Wi-Fi. I would reccomend this to anyone who wants a challenging game, & likes monkeys bouncing around in clear balls. Full Review »
  3. CazC.
    Jun 22, 2007
    9
    This cute and crazy game is addictive and fun for all ages. The only problem with it is that there are not enough levels to satisfy your This cute and crazy game is addictive and fun for all ages. The only problem with it is that there are not enough levels to satisfy your addiction with the game once you start. The mini games are great to play with friends and the credits will never be boring again, but you'll have to buy it to find out why! Full Review »