Super Monkey Ball Adventure GameCube


Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 24
  2. Negative: 10 out of 24
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  1. Nintendo Gamer
    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. games(TM)
    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. Nintendo Power
    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. Game Informer
    Long story short, the adventure motif simply didn't catch. [Sept. 2006, p.88]
  16. 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.
  17. 45
    Super Monkey Ball Adventure is not worth your time, money, or frustration.
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    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. 40
    The monkeys stick to the comfortable security inside their balls and the platforming stays recognizably formulaic.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. With the failure of its flagship story mode, Super Monkey Ball Adventure becomes a rather dull product that has little reason to exist.
  23. Edge Magazine
    It's just too hard, the physics too capricious, and the tasks too frustrating for words. [Aug 2006, p.85]
  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.

Awards & Rankings

#7 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2006
#6 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Feb 7, 2017
    what is wrong with you people! this game is amazing! just because you suck at games you give this a low score? yes the game is challenging butwhat is wrong with you people! this game is amazing! just because you suck at games you give this a low score? yes the game is challenging but it's not impossible. anyone who is decent at games should be able to finish it. Full Review »
  2. Feb 7, 2017
    why all the negative reviews? game is too hard? well maybe you guys should git good. game is lots fun. doesn't deserve the score it gets by critics...
  3. Jul 21, 2016
    What is the hate? Well this game is flawed cause it is hard and a bit out of placed and the graphics look fan made but overall this game isWhat is the hate? Well this game is flawed cause it is hard and a bit out of placed and the graphics look fan made but overall this game is fine to me. Full Review »