The Super Monkey Ball series has
seen many releases over the years since it was released. The
idea is simple. Get a monkey to the goal within the desired
time, while collecting bananas. While the monkey is, as the
title suggests, in a ball. There are a series of different
trails that you must navigate through.
The latest release has a large
selection of levels with varying difficulty levels. From the
almost impossible to fail to those which are infuriatingly
difficult. Some of these later levels require precise judgement
of the speed that you must be moving and exact placement.
There are plenty of easier levels too and there is a linear
progression and an easy learning curve.
There are different styles for the
levels such as tropical and a toy theme. These levels all have
a very distinct style. The colours are all vibrant and alive.
The hardware is not exactly being pushed here but the cartoonish
aesthetics really suit the game.
The game play is simple; tilt the
maps to make the ball roll. It all works well on the Vita, you
can choose either the motion controls or you can choose to
either the joystick or with the motion controls. These both
work well. The motion controls were smooth and felt responsive,
they do take some getting use to. The joy stick controls were
very touchy and required some finessing. This did not seem like
a problem in the earlier stages, later on though this proved to
be an issue when more precision is required.
There is plenty of levels that will
take hours to get through, it is ultimately a repetitive
experience, it can also be very addictive. There is a lot to do
here, it is a premium price point for what is a simple game with
simple and addictive game play. If you are looking for an
enjoyable pick up and play title for the Vita this may be the
one for you, simple to play with a steady difficulty curve.