Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Undeniably fun. It's a twitchy test of coordination and precision that'll make a monkey out of any pro, and it's a hard tgame to master and an even harder game to put down. [Nov 2001, p.141]
  2. The most fun I've ever had playing a puzzle game before.
  3. It is likely that a few months from now, Super Monkey Ball will be one of the few launch titles that you still will be playing, especially if you have friends to play with.
  4. 100
    The best party game in history.
  5. SMB is unique, fun and, most importantly, as playable every day as it was the day you bought it.
  6. Packed to the rafters with ticklish problem-solving, as you have to complete your goals and collect bananas. [GamesMaster Magazine]
  7. 91
    The best arcade-style action / party game to come around in ages.
  8. It's downright fun and you'll find yourself having a hard time pulling yourself away from it. While the single-player feels a little underdeveloped, you will play it enough to unlock the fun mini-games.
  9. This is the perfect game to really see who has the patience and stamina to go all the way.
  10. Once again, the combination of Sega and monkeys has resulted in an extremely addicting game. Don’t pass this game up.
  11. Even though this title screams party game, it’s much more fun to play alone than, say, a Mario Party title. Old school is definitely back, and it’s a heck of a good time playing it on a GameCube.
  12. 90
    What's so super about SMB? The added multiplayer games that turn this enhanced arcade port into one of the the best party games ever.
  13. Solid graphics, addictive yet accessible gameplay, and some of the best multiplayer action on the system make it a winner.
  14. Yes, it's a frustrating game, to be sure. But it’s the warm, fuzzy kind of frustrating.
  15. For a game that's been billed as a modest little action game, that's a hell of a lot of replay value. [Nov 2001, p.116]
  16. One of the best next generation console games out there right now for any platform.
  17. 83
    With both its finely tuned single-player experience and addictive multiplayer one, Super Monkey Ball has sleeper hit written all over it.
  18. Here’s a lesson in elegant game pure and enjoyable a game as any in the GameCube launch lineup.
  19. It sounds like a game doomed from the start, but ultimately turns out to be a stroke of genius.
  20. May just be the best party game ever made. [Dec 2001, p.254]
  21. A dangerously addictive diversion to monkey around with.
  22. An exceptional game based on a simple concept; some of the later levels will eat you for lunch. [Feb 2003, p.96]
  23. With the exception of the very tight turns in the game, it's as easy as shelling peanuts once you get a few practice rounds in.
  24. 80
    The extremely clean graphics, married to addictive, simple gameplay are enough to recommend this title.
  25. 80
    If you don’t mind unique ideas and simple game play, then you can’t go wrong with Super Monkey Ball.
  26. It's weird, wacky and highly entertaining, and comes loaded to the brim with extras than only enhance its luster.
  27. If you are looking for some quick fun for you and your girlfriend pick this one up, but for anything else, the monkeys are only good for a rental at best.
  28. Not unlike "Crazy Taxi," you’ll have fun every time you play, but the concept gets tiring pretty quickly and you’ll want to step away for a while. [Dec 2001, p.83]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. May 15, 2013
    Such a refined and polished game. You can tell they thought a lot about every single detail of this really "hardcore" game. The "escalating" of the level difficulty is really great. The main game is very addictive and it can really make you rage. And if you get tired of it, you also have mini games like bowling, pool or golf. This game is from the era when Amusement Vision made awesome games and the AV on a cover of a game was a seal of quality. Full Review »
  2. Apr 1, 2013
    This game made me want to get a Gamecube but instead got the PS2. But when i did get this game, I played it nonstop for so long. They really need to make games like they had on the Gamecube again. I miss the fun Full Review »
  3. Oct 19, 2012
    I enjoyed so much this game. It's pretty fun (SEGA style) With friends is marvellous. If you like simple fun, simple gameplay and laught with friends... buy this game. Full Review »