• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. The game can be maddeningly frustrating, requiring precision and steely nerves, but also hugely addictive.
  2. One of the biggest draws of Super Monkey Ball is the addictive multi-player games, all of which included here, and are unlocked from the get go.
  3. 86
    All that remains to be said, perhaps, is remember to take regular breaks and to pray for a next-generation installment that includes online support.
  4. In many ways this is the ideal stock title that you need for those occasions when people who don't really like games end up in the same room with those who really do. And you're all out of gin.
  5. It's a simple premise in that brilliant sort of way, and it's helped along by fantastic level design full of undulating terrain, holes, ramps, bumpers, and who knows what else. [Apr 2005, p.76]
  6. The 12 games vary quite a bit - Monkey Soccer and Monkey Fight are particularly good fun.
  7. A huge and solid compilation of old monkey ball mayhem. The PS2 version looks a little bit dated and dull, yet the simple gameplay shines as brightly as ever. The bonus games are also fun. [July 05]
  8. Whatever problems there are in the one player mode, the party games more than make up for them.
  9. Where SMBDX earns my recommendation as a must-buy is with its awesome lineup of 12 party games.
  10. Of course the idea with Deluxe is that even if that's beyond you so much has been brought together that there's enough to entertain regardless.
  11. Steer monkeys in Perspex balls around courses in this arcade oddity. [Jan 2007, p.106]
  12. Some minor tweaks are appreciated, like having all of the minigames unlocked from the beginning, but nothing has been done to alleviate SMB's myriad frustrations. [Apr 2005, p.117]
  13. 80
    The game's graphics are still dated despite the new background changes and themed stages. But it's no biggie -- the monkeys are still sucrosely cute, and the levels are well designed.
  14. If your only option is the PS2 version, it's a less attractive option -- but if you're looking for simple, addictive brain teasing, you can't go too far wrong with this.
  15. 80
    Unless you love Monkey Ball more than Orangutans love Tang, you can safely pass this one up. But if you haven’t played Monkey Ball before, you can’t go really wrong with Deluxe.
  16. A fantastic package of painfully difficult single player experiences and exciting multiplayer goodness. [May 2005, p 78]
  17. 79
    The constant loading times in between levels and in the menu screen put a damper on the fun. Other slight visual issues like drops in the frame-rate mean that this isn't the cleanest Monkey Ball to be released, but the game play remains accessible and fun.
  18. It's a fantastic package if you've missed this infectiously charming series up until now, though some of its luster has faded with time.
  19. Puzzling fun at its best.
  20. Multi-console owners should consider the Xbox version of Super Monkey Ball Deluxe (or either of the original Gamecube versions) over this slowdown-riddled and slow-to-load PS2 port.
  21. There is some undue frustration thanks to an uncontrollable camera, but this is still the Monkey Ball game to get. [March 2005, p.58]
  22. Much more than a novelty. It combines action and puzzles and requires skillful manipulation as you traverse all kinds of challenging terrain inside a transparent sphere.
  23. 70
    Sure, the game looks like a Dreamcast graphics demo, and its precepts haven't changed much since the arcade original based on similar hardware, but it's the gameplay that sells this title, almost as much as your love of monkeys.
  24. There's enough content to keep puzzle fans busy, but expect plenty of frustration, too. [May 2005, p.96]
  25. A vastly entertaining, if flawed, port of a modern day classic.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 25, 2013
    While the first two monkey ball games were great this one is even better. The increased number of stages is a bit challenging and i has the perfect number of minigames. This game seems to have everything balanced out. Full Review »
  2. SteveW.
    Sep 9, 2005
    If you are new to the series like i was before i bought this game it will not dissapoint it has a huge variaty of options with tons of single play missions n challenges (some of which can be extremly challenging) but this is not where it shines the multi player mini games are pure genius personal faves include the baseball and the golf tournement. overall its a solid title it does have its minor flaws... the loading time for one is stupidly long but the loading time frown you devolope dissapears with a nice doubles game of tennis :) Full Review »