Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 24
  2. Negative: 10 out of 24
  1. It tries its best, but it simply isn't good enough. Too frustrating for younger players, and too fussy and inconsiderate for anyone else. Still, if you must... [Aug 2006, p.56]
  2. 62
    Super Monkey Ball, it seems, just doesn't work as an adventure game.
  3. While the game has a lot of solid concepts, a ton of stages, and some pretty good "boss" fights, (if you even want to call them that) the game sadly suffers from a horrible camera and just annoying challenge; and in the end, the experience isn't memorable by any means.
  4. Despite the bright colours, cute simians, jolly music and overarching joyous abandon, Super Monkey Ball Adventure is a tremendously difficult videogame. And phenomenally frustrating to boot. [Aug 2006, p.130]
  5. An attempted brand new direction only proves Travellers Tales didn't have the required monkey balls.
  6. Those looking for a puzzler will be aggravated by the sub-par platforming, and those looking for platforming will be disappointed by the inclusion of mandatory Monkey Ball puzzles.
  7. There's nothing very super about Super Monkey Ball Adventure and that's thanks to a poorly conceived story mode that takes us away from the familiar elements we love the most.
  8. Past Monkey Balls have let players select puzzles from a menu. Adventure only offers sets of puzzles ranked by difficulty. Get stuck on one, and there's nowhere else to go.
  9. Traveller's Tales has perverted Sega's previously charming action puzzle series into a clumsy, frustrating action adventure game.
  10. Unfortunately, Adventure falls way short of expectations. [Oct. 2006, p.89]
  11. A very disappointing one. If you want to get the most out of it, buy it for the new puzzles and not the story mode.
  12. 50
    Unless you're very forgiving, impervious to frustration, or blindly love all things Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball Adventure probably isn't your idea of a good time.
  13. Ambitious and frequently entertaining, but ultimately too frustrating for its own good.
  14. 50
    Adventure's six party games and puzzle-based challenge mode are the best this game has to offer. With multiple players, Adventure flies in the face of its weak story mode and becomes a genuinely fun experience.
  15. 48
    Super Monkey Ball games are popular today partly because of their simplistic nature. They are designed for everybody to enjoy. And yet, Super Monkey Ball Adventure throws all of this out of the window for a half-baked storyline and a hub world separated by load times and marred by technical inconsistencies.
  16. Long story short, the adventure motif simply didn't catch. [Sept. 2006, p.88]
  17. 45
    Super Monkey Ball Adventure is not worth your time, money, or frustration.
  18. Play Adventure for the solid traditional modes and adequate multiplayer, but don't expect to get too much enjoyment out of the dull platforming. [Sept. 2006, p.98]
  19. With the failure of its flagship story mode, Super Monkey Ball Adventure becomes a rather dull product that has little reason to exist.
  20. It's just too hard, the physics too capricious, and the tasks too frustrating for words. [Aug 2006, p.85]
  21. 40
    The monkeys stick to the comfortable security inside their balls and the platforming stays recognizably formulaic.
  22. The Story Mode is a joke, and the Challenge Mode and mini-games are mere shells of what's been included in previous adventures. This Monkey Ball got dropped. Hard.
  23. As any gamer knows, frustration is part of the joy of gaming, but this level of unresponsiveness is something not even the training mini-games on the title can prepare you for. Put that together with poor level signposting and you have an unengaging experience.
  24. As a game that's now a franchise, I cannot understand why this game was made and after playing it, I'm even more underwhelmed.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Nov 29, 2013
    10
    Monkey Ball is a hard series. This is my favourite of the series so far largely due to the adventure mode in this game. Highly addictive,Monkey Ball is a hard series. This is my favourite of the series so far largely due to the adventure mode in this game. Highly addictive, frustrating and cute game. Full Review »
  2. ChristineW.
    Sep 30, 2006
    8
    This is such a great game! I LOVE the adventure mode! It's so much like an RPG and it's challenging without being impossible. This is such a great game! I LOVE the adventure mode! It's so much like an RPG and it's challenging without being impossible. However, the multiplayer options are limited, which takes out of the fun...but it's still a fantastic game! Full Review »
  3. KevinM.
    Aug 17, 2006
    2
    I loved Monkey Ball 1 and 2 (and Deluxe) but this thing is gawd awful. First: The puzzle mode is 1-player only. No more sitting with friends I loved Monkey Ball 1 and 2 (and Deluxe) but this thing is gawd awful. First: The puzzle mode is 1-player only. No more sitting with friends playing the puzzle mode. Second: Loading screen! For example, in Monkey Target, you must wait almost a full minute to load the screen... and that is between each attempt--and you are playing on the exact same level each time. What is it loading?! The puzzles are tough--very tough, and about all that is worth spending any time on. Oh, and Monkey Race has a grand total of 3 courses! Full Review »