Super Monkey Ball Adventure GameCube

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
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  1. Traveller's Tales has perverted Sega's previously charming action puzzle series into a clumsy, frustrating action adventure game.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. games(TM)
    60
    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]
  7. Nintendo Power
    55
    Unfortunately, Adventure falls way short of expectations. [Oct. 2006, p.89]
  8. Nintendo Gamer
    68
    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]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Ambitious and frequently entertaining, but ultimately too frustrating for its own good.
  13. An attempted brand new direction only proves Travellers Tales didn't have the required monkey balls.
  14. 62
    Super Monkey Ball, it seems, just doesn't work as an adventure game.

Awards & Rankings

#8 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2006
#6 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2006
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Jul 21, 2016
    8
    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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »