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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9

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  1. Jan 7, 2014
    9
    I'm a former Monkey Ball master, having completed 100% of the first two games for the Gamecube, and again on the Xbox. I was disappointed with the other handheld and Wii versions of these games, as they moved away from the hardcore tough-as-nails rewarding ball-rolling madness, and more into kiddie mini-game fests with weird controls and uninspired levels. Banana Splitz brings back the classic formula, with a regular game sure to challenge even the most seasoned Monkey Ball fans, using the same classic analog controls of old. The mini games aren't amazing, but are par for the course. Buy the game for the tough single player normal mode! Another feature I liked was the ability to generate a random level from a photo. Initially these random levels are far too easy, but if you buy a cheap downloadable upgrade, it adds some crazy variety to it that can make some of the random levels nearly impossible. Add to all this the ability to share replays and levels directly through the game itself, and you have a Monkey Ball title finally worthy of the original two. Expand
Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Nov 27, 2012
    78
    A surprising turn for the Super Monkey Ball franchise. [Issue#224, p.77]
  2. Nov 26, 2012
    70
    Classic Monkey Ball, with some nice stages. Lacks depth, though, and the shoddy use of Vita's controls takes the shine off. [Christmas 2012, p.103]
  3. Nov 25, 2012
    65
    Too much monkeying with the recipe lets the side down after a promising start. [Christmas 2012, p.85]