If there is one word I can think of to describe Super Monkey Ball on the iPhone that word is “frustrating”.
It’s not that Super Monkey Ball is bad, in fact, it’s quite good – I like it a lot, and have spent FAR TOO MUCH TIME playing it over the weekend. The game is just very, very challenging, and as a result – it can be extremely frustrating at times.
The game features 110 levels, and 3 modes of play (Main Game, Instant Play, and Practice). The Main Game is – of course – the main game where you go to unlock new levels by completing the unlocked levels. Instant Play is for when you only have a few minutes to devote to the game, and a random level is selected for you. Practice is where you can go to spend time trying to discover the correct way to move through a particularly challenging level.
You have four monkeys to choose from: AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, and GonGon. Each one has different pros and cons. GonGon is the one I recommend to those having a difficult time with the game. He is the heaviest character, and seems to be the easiest one to use.
The graphics on the game are exceptional, and feel as rich and colorful as anything I’ve seen on the Nintendo DS. I think everyone can agree that the graphics look great. The controls, on the other hand, are a different matter.
Super Monkey Ball is a very sensitive game. If you move your iPhone in even the slightest way your monkey is going to move. This makes the game very challenging, and at times quite frustrating. The only other time I’ve played Super Monkey Ball was on the Wii – and I found it to be just as challenging there as it is here, so I don’t necessarily think the controls are bad, or poorly done, they’re just REALLY sensitive – and the game is difficult.
As I write this I have played through close to 50 of the games 110 levels, and so far the level of difficultly has remained pretty consistent throughout. I say this not to discourage you from playing, but to let you know that the levels don’t get significantly harder. They start out pretty difficult, and stay pretty difficult.
All in all, I like Super Monkey Ball a great deal. I think it shows us what the iPhone is capable of, and I’m very impressed with the results. With hundreds of levels of play, a variety of play options, and a magnificent presentation, Super Monkey Ball is well worth your $9.99.