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I like this game.This is one of those games you buy just for a bit of fun, and then keep in the drawer and take it out to play every now and again.Its not a serious game, buts its brill when you only have a few minutes or you want something easy, and fun.Good points:-1) Its fun!2) Good graphics, sweet characters3) Its a challenge without being overly fustrating4) Great minigames aside from the main gameBad points:-Ooo.. I found it hard to find one! But I did...1) the controls are a bit difficult to get the hang of and can be a bit sensitive
Sometimes, the simple games are the best games. Take Super Monkey Ball on the DS for example - the entire game is based around rolling a tiny monkey inside a glass ball around certain courses. Anyone who's played one of those rotating wooden maze games with a little ball bearing will get this. It's even slightly reminiscent of childhood favourite/frustration Screwball Scramble.
Further to this, it's usually the simple games that translate well to the DS, with it's accessible touch screen controls, family-friendly appeal and colourful, cartoony vibe.
Which is why it's confusing and disappointing that Touch & Roll on the DS isn't up to much. At first you would think it would be, but it's with great sadness that I realise that this monkey-roller just isn't up to scratch.
On the surface all seems well - cute graphics, touch controls, plenty of courses and the obligatory included minigames. But delve a bit deeper - i.e. actually try and play the bloody thing- and things start getting a bit suspect.
I say things but I only really mean one thing. The controls just don't translate well. In this game, all you can really do is roll your monkey. As such, to work the game requires that you control it very precisely, especially on harder levels, otherwise it's a bit pointless and incredibly difficult. On the Gamecube, the analogue stick allowed the player to basically meld physically with the game - this just isn't possible on the DS.
The touch controls are just too awkward, and you'll never feel 'at one' here. Instead you feel more like an observer, without that precise level of control the game is boring at easier levels and just plain hard as you progress.
The minigames are probably the most fun to be had here. Especially Monkey Bowling, which admittedly offered me a good solid 20 minutes of entertainment. However there's plenty of stuff like this on the DS, and minigames do not a top title make.
So this is the unfortunate conclusion - Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll on the DS in my opinion doesn't work. Now to give the Wii version a go - I have high hopes.
Having several ds consoles in the family and extended family with owners ranging from 3 (an old original ds which is a bit battered and bruised was passed down after getting a ds lite for Christmas!) to late 30's I often have a look through the others games and borrow any that I like the look of. I was told this was a great game by a 10 year old so I was not too sure what to expect but I was not totally disappointed.
I popped the game in and selected the single player, main game, challenge and selected the female monkey. I then clicked on the game that first appeared and straight away knocked the monkey in the ball off the track and continued to do that until the game was over, progressing over several levels of difficulty which were supposedly "pips" but for some reason I was not very successful on!
Each time you reach the goal you go onto a new level which is harder, the faster you roll the ball it is more likely you will fall off the course.
Great game for kids and adults who enjoy cute games like this. Good graphics and this can also be played with more than one ds and has a party games section with monkey race, fight, bowling, mini golf and others. Has 4 monkeys to choose from, a baby, girl, and two boy monkeys
Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll is a game for the Nintendo DS that was released in February 2006. Using the DS touch stylus or the control pad you control your monkey ball (literally a monkey, in a ball) through around 50 aerial view levels, rolling yourself along platforms to reach your goal and trying to collect as many bananas as possible on the way.
The game starts off really easily but the difficulty levels build until you can't help but fly off the platform edges. There are also several bonus stages in which you need to collect as many bananas as possible on a flat platform. The game also benefits from a multiplayer mode, that enables you to play six mini games including boxing, racing, bowling and hockey.
Primarily aimed at younger children, there isn't a lot of mental skill required for this game, but it's innocent and addictive fun, and the harder levels make the game quite re-playable.
This game, has quite an appealing choice of graphics for children, it shows a few monkeys in bubbles.
The game is not one big game, it's more lots of little games.
To start you have two options the first one is party games:
Racing: placing your stylus towards the top of the screen for speed and left and right to control along a mid air track.
Bowling: you have to flick the stylus up the screen in a straight line to hit the pins, you can also add a spin to the ball aswel.
Golf: you have a swing meter which you raise the sylus to and flick it back for power.
There are another 3 party game to this, and 3 of them are multi player, which you can play using 1 card, with the DS Download feature. It is quite good on two player and a great contest.
The main game is getting your monkey in its bubble through a course, they get harder and you can collect bananas for extra lives.
At times there are also bonus levels so you can collect more bananas.
The graphics are cartonn and are quite good, as well as you will need them.
I find the game doesn't have much to do tho once you have played it, as it seams a bit boring and stuck for things to do.
I have this game on the DS, and despite initial reservations (and the childish packaging) i actually really like it! The main game is quite challenging, trying to roll a little ball around a little course, with stages that get progressively difficult. There are all sorts of obsticles, along with floors that move and separate. Collecting bananas en route help you to gain extra lives (10 bananas = 1 life)
But what i like best is actually the extra little mini games that add some variety to the game. there is a racing style game, mini golf which i think is great, boxing, air hockey and a sort of paintballing game which is good fun too. these mini games are also great to play with friends, especially the paintballing and racing ones which i think are my favourite!! These party games can be played against someone else with a DS console thanks to the DS download play capabilities.
The game uses the touch screen controls on the DS really well, and its also really different from alot of other games out there. i got this on a buy one get one free offer so if you can get it cheaply then its a good bit of fun! Its also suitable for a wide age range, although really little ones may get a bit frustrated with some of the puzzle parts, they all love the racing!