Having a (monkey) ball

Game: Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania
Published on Mon Oct 11 2021

I pre-ordered Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania a fair while back thinking it'd be a fun little pick up and play sorta deal for when I need something less apocalyptic than the usual. So when my power went out over the Thanksgiving weekend it was fortuitous that my Switch had been sitting in the dock and was fully charged, ready to brighten the room with monkeys and their balls!

I've played through the first 3 worlds and about half of the 3rd and having not played the series before, it's pretty well what I was expecting. I've played similar games in minigame form, likely derived from this very series, so it's interesting to play "the real deal". It's a little difficult to determine EXACTLY what my goal should be, since there seem to be 3 things sort of at odds with each other:

  • Beat the level

  • Do it quickly

  • While collecting all of the bananas

For starters I'm just focused on playing through the levels and getting my bearings (monkeyings?). It's a simple yet fun concept that I've been enjoying, and the levels have been challenging at times which is nice. I'm not sure how many levels there are in total so not sure exactly how far in I am, so time will have to tell.