SMB: BS is finally out in Europe and America, it’s the same game as the one that came out over half a year ago in Asia, my first impression of this game is that even 6 years or so after the PS2/GC(?) version the game still got something in it that makes me want to play it, a certain monkey in a ball itch and i guess that is why SEGA is still pushing this IP even tho its been quite silent since the first release (if you exclude the awful SMB Adventure by Traveller Tales or whatever it was called) that came out so many moons ago.
This VITA game supports both touchscreens and six-axis/tilt, cameras as well as dual analogue sticks and more it says on the box! , this is very true indeed but they fail to mention how this is basically only for the Mini*/Party Games (both SP and MP), that said i am not bothered about it as it works just fine with “tilt” and/or the analogue sticks.
The Game boasts about having 100+ new levels and levels of difficulty, i have so far only done about 40 of them and by the looks of the trophy list, it seems to hold quite a lot more than 100 levels indeed.
Party games! , now this is what made SuperMonkeyBall a huge hit in our house back in the PS2 days, it wasn’t all the mini-games as it was basically just a single one we really loved and played all night long and that was Monkey Target!
Monkey Target is back! and that alone is a big enough reason for many to just buy this game.
There are 8 Party games (Some have extra variations and so on):
Monkey Target, Love Maze, Monkey Bingo, Monkey Bowling, Monkey Rodeo, Number Ball, Battle Billiards, Pixie Hunt.
You can also edit and create levels now, it’s quite rough and i have yet to manage to grasp the concept of it all but from my first impression, it felt like it was just a randomizer of some sort.
Graphics and sound are as always, both great and god damn annoying, its nothing new that the camera feels broken and its nothing old that the screaming speech sample from the monkeys sounds like something i would have to clog up with a cloth or a sock and some cable ties to make sure it never made a sound ever again.
The graphics are much better in this game compared to all older SMB games i have tried, looks sweet and the videos and menus look slick.
The gameplay is twitchy and the controls need some getting used to as you can only rotate the camera while standing still but after some loud screaming and whatnot, you should be able to master it although i still think that this game needs a proper camera pan mode.
The Levels in this game are still really difficult and it will test both your thumbs and your focus and when you finally complete that 1 level you’ve been stuck at for so long, well let’s put it nicely – my neighbour heard it! …
There is Online Multiplayer but i have not tried that as of yet.
So the game ranks pretty decently here with me but like i have told so many before, HamsterBall (PlayStation 2 and 3, maybe other formats too?) is a much better game even though that game is actually a SuperMonkeyBall wannabe…