The Super Monkey Ball franchise has a tough past. The original titles from 2001 and 2002 were very popular among gamers. The games had something special, which means they still hold a special place in many people’s hearts in 2021. With the success of the first games, many Super Monkey Ball games hit store shelves. Unfortunately, according to longtime fans, SEGA can’t reproduce the magic of the first games anymore. Then suddenly came the announcement of Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania: Back to the Past of Super Monkey Ball. According to Monkey Ball fans, Banana Ball Mania Super Monkey Van trailers Looks good old fashioned. Even if I was a regular Super Monkey Ball player, this piqued my interest. With Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, enter the Super Monkey Ball game for the second time. Is the game really as good as the trailers look, or is there just no monkey ball for it?
Fun old fashioned game
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is a modified version of Super Monkey Ball 1, 2, and Deluxe. The game takes you back to more than 300 levels of these games to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise. All of the original twelve party games are back, too. All this content has been given a new twist, so that the games can also be played for a modern audience. The biggest change is the HD graphics. AiAi and his friends look and feel as modern as you’d expect. Moreover Banana Mania worlds She looks nicer than ever. The in-game story is now told in comic book style. All spoken dialogues have been removed from the story, allowing younger players to understand the story as well. On top of that, the music has been cleaned up and there is also a lot of new content to be found. All in all, this makes for a huge Monkey Ball package that will keep you occupied for hours on end. There is so much to do and you will definitely get your money’s worth.
The gameplay in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is old-fashioned fun. As usual, you play like a monkey at a hamster ball. Your goal is to reach the end goal of each turn while rolling. You can do this by tilting the level. Then gravity does its job and the monkey rolls in the desired direction. This leads to fun and interesting designs. The concept of Super Monkey Ball is still well established in 2021. This game is very addictive. Especially the moments when you manage to skip a good portion of a level by skillfully maneuvering your monkey, it’s very satisfying. Yes, skipping is more than possible. This is something that makes me and many Monkey Ball fans happy. For example, I once managed to complete a level within ten seconds by hitting an edge at full speed, which fired AiAi and ended up in the goal. It’s moments like this when you feel the magic of Super Monkey Ball running through your veins. Monkey Ball is back feeling good. The real fun lies in replaying levels and getting faster times. Keep your finger on the record button, because you will use it regularly.
How many bananas does it cost?
The digital store is one of the biggest additions to the Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania game. When you complete many courses in the game, you will collect bananas. In the original games, you received an extra life when you collected thirty of these yellow guys. This is no longer the case. In Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, Twisted Boys form a coin. Your bananas are converted into points for your digital bank card. Your credit is also increased by completing challenges. There are a lot of them, so there is always something to get. This is a very cute concept and gives bananas a benefit again. Life system enthusiasts are unfortunately disappointed. There is no option to play with spirits again.
The digital store is full of great rewards. Your eye will probably be the first on many characters. Banana Mania offers a lot of iconic heroes of the game. that’s how it is Van Jet Radio won the Super Monkey Ball coils too Kazuma Kiryu uit Yakuza mee in Banana Mania. In total, there are twenty characters that you can unlock in the game for free. Your monkeys can also be adapted. There are more than a hundred cosmetic items that allow you to change the appearance of AiAi and his friends. Even a hamster ball can be adjusted. You can also unlock different modes by exchanging points. For example, in reverse mode, you should try to complete the level backwards. The original stage mode unlocks more than twenty ancient levels with original difficulty. Also jump from games like Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Returns as an unlockable bonus. However, this is completely optional. If you prefer not to use it, you can choose not to use it. Accessibility is the magic word in Banana Mania. The game has multiple options to make the gameplay accessible to all players. For example, there is an option that shows you the path to the end. Are you having trouble at a certain level? Then you can slow down the time or even skip the entire level. It is also possible to rotate the camera, so you can better see what is happening around you. Unfortunately, the sensitivity of the camera is very low, so you have to flip the camera for a long time. However, this is not a big problem. The game is also playable without using the camera. Do you prefer to play with motion controls? This is also possible. All these accessibility options make the game playable for a wider audience and therefore a very welcome addition. Especially since the game is definitely not easy – especially for newcomers.
Party like 2001
The fun in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania does not end with completing the main adventure. The game comes bundled with 12 different multiplayer games. everybody Party games in Banana Mania Back from the first three parts. This means we can knock down the skittles at Monkey Bowling, take the monkeys out of the ring in Monkey Fight, and take to the skies at Monkey Target as before. Party games are fun on your own, but turn into a fun mess with a group of friends. If you don’t already own Mario Party, the party games in Banana Mania are a good alternative. However, it is very unfortunate that many unlockable characters cannot be played in party games. If you want to play tennis or soccer with Sonic and Tails, you should be somewhere else.
Sound-wise, the game offers a lot of good. The new soundtrack is a hit and sets a completely different feel to the original. Graphically, the game looks good, but it’s not terribly great. The wallpapers have been beautifully done and look modern. I found it a pity that the tiered surfaces are quite standard, just like the original. I wanted them to be more in line with the theme of levels in this mod. Due to the standard surfaces, the level attributes melt together and it is not easy to distinguish between them. It is not a disaster, because you play Super Monkey Ball in the gameplay. He is a mustache. The same does not apply to frame rate. Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania also runs on Switch at 60fpsUnfortunately, the game does not always achieve this goal. Fortunately, my experience has been fairly stable.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is a good old fashioned Super Monkey Ball game with modern additions. Although the game could have been a bit stronger graphically and technically, the gameplay is very solid. This one is more fun than ever and feels very satisfying. The levels in the game can be replayed endlessly, and there is enough content to keep you occupied for a long time. Not only the main game, but also the twelve party games are successful. All in all, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is a great package not only for veterans but also for newcomers. The Super Monkey Ball is back feeling good.
- Lots of content
- The gameplay is very entertaining and satisfying
- It can be played back infinitely
- Many options
- Ease of access comes first
- Party games are very entertaining
- Great soundtrack
- value for your money
- There is no option to play with spirits
- Camera sensitivity is too low
- Many characters are not playable in party games
- Level topics are somewhat combined
- Frame rate is not always stable on Switch