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Super Monkey Ball (2001) is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey Target) that could be games in their own right.

Play involves tilting the world to control the speed and trajectory of the ball. The goal of the main game is to reach the goal gate before the timer runs out, and without falling off the floor. You can collect extra points via the bananas on the stage.

In addition to the main reach-the-goal mode, there are a number of party games.
  • Monkey Race: Up to four players race around six courses divided into three difficulty levels a little like Mario Kart.
  • Monkey Fight: Up to four players simultaneously engage in combat by rolling in any direction with the analogue stick and using the A button to punch opponents.
  • Monkey Target: Up to four players take turns rolling their monkey down a ramp, launching it into the sky to land closest to the target.
  • Monkey Billiards: Up to two players take turns competing in a game of nine-ball pool.
  • Monkey Bowling: Up to four players take turns competing in a game of ten-pin bowling.
  • Monkey Golf: Up to four players take turns competing across 18 holes in a game of golf with stroke play scoring, or two players compete using match play scoring.

The game has been released in a large number of iterations on most consoles and gaming platforms. Where these offer tilt controllers, like the Wii, Switch or smartphone, this is used to control the rolling of the ball. Most recently Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania will bring an updated collection of the main games to PlayStation, Xbox and Switch.

Early games use traditional controllers to play while many recent titles utilize modern technology, such as the accelerometers of the Wii and iPhone titles. The gameplay is similar to Atari Games' 1984 arcade video game Marble Madness.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Super Monkey Ball 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Traversal game with Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Although not online, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania offers online leaderboards.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz has additional information. At the end of each world a boss battle occurs. Players need to roll into a certain body part to defeat the boss, which only results in comical, very mild violence. There's also a mini-game where players fly a spaceship and need to shoot stars at incoming enemies. They explode when defeated. While this violence is a bit more frenetic than the rest of the game, the child-friendly setting mitigates the violence and makes it very mild.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although it seems like a game for really young players, the level of control required (and the frustration when you fall) makes it more suitable for older children. Some parents tell us that really young children can enjoy this with some help from an adult, and focusing on some of the simple knocking-things-down minigames.


Super Monkey Ball usually costs £14.99 to £44.99.

Super Monkey Ball 3D

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £14.99 Unavailable On Digital Store

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

XBox Store Xbox One £34.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £34.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £34.99
Steam Store PC £24.99
Switch Store Switch £44.99

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Digital Deluxe Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £44.99
XBox Store Xbox One £44.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £44.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £44.99

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
Switch Store Switch £24.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Simulation, Traversal (Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Super Monkey Ball (@SuperMonkeyBall)

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