• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 25, 2002
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39

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  1. Jan 21, 2012
    9
    I don't understand why, but the gamecube has the most cute and addictive games ever. Animal crossing, and then now this? Great game for its time, including a plethora of minigames. This includes rowing, on rails shooter, and boxing. There's then the main story which has ~100 levels i believe. Cant remmeber
  2. Jul 30, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is simply astonishing. The gameplay is simple, fun and addicting, the level design is great, the difficulty is hard yet fair, the graphics are great for the Gamecube, and the music is amazing.
    It's basically like another Marble-Labyrinth-type game, but it's probably the best and most unique of the bunch. It's also an amazing sequel, fixing all the problems that the first had, and expanding upon it.
    There are 159 different stages in this game, counting the Bonus, Extra, and Master Levels.
    There is also a ton of replay value with the extra stages, bonus stages, and the plethora of mini games to play with your friends, but if those aren't your thing, you can always just play the main game with your friends in Challenge Mode.
    The game can get very frustrating at times, especially with levels like "Arthropod", "Warp", and "Labyrinth", just to name a few. However, if you are able to complete all three difficulties of Challenge Mode and the extra stages, you'll unlock The Master Stages: the Ultimate Monkey Challenge.
    The Master Stages is a collection of the 20 hardest and most frustrating levels in this game, but if you have enough skill and patience, you can overcome them.
    This game is amazing. From the addicting Main Game, to the chaotic Party games, to the insane Master Stages, it is amazing in nearly every way. I'm very surprised that the game somewhat faded into obscurity among Gamecube owners, because this is honestly one of the best games on the console. Buy it now.
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  3. Oct 20, 2013
    10
    Such an addicting game. I know I'm writing a review of a game that came out many years ago but honestly, It is well deserved. AV never ceases to amaze. Great replay value!
  4. Nov 7, 2013
    10
    Fantastic... Very fun and has incredible ideas and graphics for being published in 2002, meaning it was probably the best game ever put out when ahead of its time. It allows you to earn points to get new minigames, and has nice sound effects and music on some of them. Monkey Ball will probably be the best kid/ cute game ever to come out by Sega. It recently came out with a new 3ds game, which allows you to view the gaming in 3d. The new game is not only fun and has ideas that are like the Smash Brothers and Mario Kart put out Nintendo, but is also very cheap. Monkey Ball will probably transfor to the Wii U at some point, and other consuls as well. Super Monkey Ball 2 has already been transfored to the Xbox if you dont have a gamecube, buy this game ASAP. Expand
Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Easily the game's greatest strength is its simplicity — there's no need to "monkey around" with complicated controls or even crack open the manual for that matter.
  2. The levels are so much more diverse, so much more rich, solid, 3 dimensional even, than in the first - the levels just move so much more.
  3. The extra game modes add quite a bit to the simple concept. [Feb 2003, p.96]