Super Monkey Ball Adventure PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 1, 2006
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 11 out of 32
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  1. PSM2 Magazine UK
    49
    A tragic waste of one of gaming's more loveable franchises, Adventure takes the Monkey Ball concept and employs it in a manner to which it just isn't suited. [Aug 2006, p.58]
  2. 48
    This is a cookie-cutter sequel that borders on average and occasionally fails to hit the mark, but it's not awful. The puzzle mazes are still as addictive as ever, even if they are lacking finesse, and the adventure mode has its moments largely because of the new character power-ups.
  3. Game Informer
    48
    Long story short, the adventure motif simply didn't catch. [Sept. 2006, p.88]
  4. Traveller’s Tales should have left Super Monkey Ball as a puzzle game, instead of trying to turn it into an adventure platformer.
  5. PSM Magazine
    45
    The Story mode is fatally flawed. [Oct 2006, p.84]
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    43
    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]
  7. Edge Magazine
    40
    It’s just too hard, the physics too capricious, and the tasks too frustrating for words. [Aug 2006, p.85]
  8. 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.
  9. 40
    The adventure boldly promised by the title is lacking, leaving only a half-hearted tale that's trailing dozens of frustrated players and broken controllers in its wake.
  10. 40
    A misguided concept results in the worst Super Monkey Ball game to date. Wait for the next-generation sequel later this year.
  11. With the failure of its flagship story mode, Super Monkey Ball Adventure becomes a rather dull product that has little reason to exist.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Andyman
    Aug 10, 2006
    3
    This game is the perfect example of why you shouldn't mess with a good thing. Forcing SMB to be an adventure game is a very bad call on This game is the perfect example of why you shouldn't mess with a good thing. Forcing SMB to be an adventure game is a very bad call on the developer's part, and their poor decision is only made worse by this game's absolutely horrible camera. The game is nearly unplayable as a result, as the time you spend wrangling the camera into place causes you to roll off ledges, into obstacles, etc. Play SMB Deluxe instead, and forget you ever heard of SMB Adventure! Full Review »
  2. Oct 25, 2013
    7
    The challenge mode is still as fun as ever, but why do you have to unlock the higher difficulty options by beating the first ones when theThe challenge mode is still as fun as ever, but why do you have to unlock the higher difficulty options by beating the first ones when the other games before it didn't. In fact that's the problem with the game, too much stuff is locked and makes most minigames boring unless you play the adventure mode and unlock them which isn't very fun to begin with. Full Review »
  3. Lacklusterstarlet
    Sep 27, 2006
    9
    It is frustrating in story mode but I like a challange. The camera sucks . Party games are always fun but even though the story mode is hard It is frustrating in story mode but I like a challange. The camera sucks . Party games are always fun but even though the story mode is hard and missions seem timely. I played this game like an addict until I completed the story, which took forever and I still love cute little hard working monkeys trapped in a two-tone ball. Full Review »