Super Monkey Ball Deluxe Xbox


Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. 92
    This is highly recommended to anyone of any age who enjoys addictive gameplay and great game design.
  2. This is one Monkey Island you won't want to escape from any time soon. [GamesMaster]
  3. With all of the levels and the variety of mini-games that are included, you will find yourself enjoying this game for a long time.
  4. For only $30, you get one of the most content rich games of recent memory. There are 300 missions in the story mode, 12 very addictive mini-games for up to four players and countless hours of gameplay here.
  5. The conversion from the GameCube originals are flawless, and although some may bemoan the lack of Live support, this shouldn't take anything away from this perfect console party piece.
  6. 84
    The multi-player games are best experienced in the presence of friends, but the mini-games would have been a fun online distraction. It boggles the mind to think of the possibilities of online Monkeyball tournaments and leader boards.
  7. Coupled with the great collection of multiplayer modes and mini-games, there's something here for almost everyone.
  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. 80
    As fantastic a game as it ever was. It's one of those rare games which are so good they feel genuinely ageless; pure, uninhibited pick up and play genius with not one button to press.
  11. 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.
  12. AceGamez
    Ultimately, if you've not had the pleasure of playing this on the Cube and you have a couple of mates to enjoy this title with, then it's definitely worth the money. Better yet, wait for this one to drop ten pounds in price and pick up a bargain worth rolling home with.
  13. With 300 single-player stages there is plenty of monkey rolling gameplay in store, however, we could do without the lackluster story. Despite its flaws, Super Monkey Ball Deluxe is as addictive as the likes of "Tetris" and "Lemmings" and worth a rental at the very least.
  14. Game Informer
    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]
  15. 80
    If you're a monkey baller with previous experience, and need those 46 extra stages, or you're looking for a unique puzzle challenge in-between bouts of Halo 2, then it's time to get down to some business: Monkey Business.
  16. 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.
  17. 80
    Super Monkey Ball Deluxe is the best version of a great game, anyone wanting to play this game (but doesn't own a Gamecube) has no excuse anymore.
  18. 80
    A good deal for Xbox owners, despite its shortcomings. There's an awful lot of gameplay here, thanks to the multiple single-player modes and good selection of party games.
  19. 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.
  20. The 300+ stages guarantee that you'll be playing for some time, even if some are more taxing than others, and the inclusion of several mini-games in Party Mode guarantees you can get friends in on it.
  21. 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.
  22. One of the best things is that this game, even though it can be really frustrating, is suitable for the younger gamers that might be in your household.
  23. Unfortunately, very little effort was made to expand upon the original games when they were ported to the Xbox. Online play for battling buddies, for instance, would have provided hours of riotous fun.
  24. Official Xbox Magazine
    Proves enjoyable and instantly accessible. [Apr 2005, p.87]
  25. Play Magazine
    There is some undue frustration thanks to an uncontrollable camera, but this is still the Monkey Ball game to get. [March 2005, p.58]

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Dec 18, 2012
    The ultimate party game. An over the top game with an epic story mode.
  2. Daz
    Nov 4, 2005
    I was undecided whether to buy this for a long while but eventually decided to give it a tray and i'm really glad i did. The main game I was undecided whether to buy this for a long while but eventually decided to give it a tray and i'm really glad i did. The main game has a shallow learning curve and have managed to complete about 60 of the puzzles before i because really challenged. But for me the party games are perhaps even more fun. How fun is monkey football? Really fun! How great is Monkey race? Really great. How wonderful is monkey target? really wonderful. I can play these by myself but also my 6 year old son likes to have a go as well! Monkey Football is simply brilliant as it is so easy to play since only the green buton is used during the game (to pass, shoot etc) It's so simple but also so much fun. With a group of four friends together these 12 party games would rock!! Before Super Monkey Ball i'd become a little bored with the Halo 2's and ghost recons of this world, but smb has given my enjoyment of xbox games a new lease of life. RECOMMENDED Full Review »
  3. Billy
    Mar 22, 2005
    Crazy fun by yourself or with friends. must buy.