Super Monkey Ball 2
|a game by||Amusement Vision|
|Editor Rating:||9/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||5.0/10 - 2 votes|
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Super Monkey Ball was the sleeper-hit launch title for the GameCube. Its super-simple gameplay, charming characters and addictive puzzles made it an instant favorite among early adopters of the system. After playing the sequel extensively, we can safely say that those fans are in for a real treat next month. It seems the maniacal scientist Dr. Bad-Boon (just go with it) is intent not on ruling Jungle Island but just getting all its inhabitants to like him. Our four furry heroes (AiAi, MeeMee, Baby and GonGon) set out to thwart his evil and ridiculous plans. I mean... come on. With a name like Bad-Boon you're pretty much asking to be ostracized. The basic game is similar to the prequel: You roll one of the monkeys through a collection of narrow, twisting courses trying to reach the goal as fast as possible without falling off. The challenge, however, has increased tenfold. Even EGM's best monkey bailers (gross!) were getting schooled on only the second set of levels in Super Monkey Ball 2. The game now features a lot more moving parts and pitfalls compared to the original, along with jumps, conveyor belts and nasty twists and turns.
But the real fun in the last outing was the collection of minigames. Happily, all of the originals make a return in the sequel, with slight upgrades (nine-ball in Monkey Pool, eight competitors in Monkey Race, etc.). The really exciting part, though, is the inclusion of six new minigames that absolutely rock! Check below for a rundown. So if you've already unlocked everyone in Smash Bros. Melee and mastered the art of boom in Bomberman Generation, then Super Monkey Ball 2 is going to be the next party game you and your friends will go ape for.
I can't believe I just said that...