Saturday, July 19, 2008

Super Monkey Ball Review

Hey guys, I am going to be giving a lot of reviews of a lot of iPod Touch games, so if you guys have any requests I will be sure to at least look at the game (with $$$ restrictions not sure how soon it would be before I can fill your request). So, without further ado, here goes review number 1.

Super Monkey Ball
Gameplay: 7/10 (Very innovative gameplay)
Graphics: 10/10 (the best possible graphics an iPhone can support)
Story: 2/10 (there really isn't a store here)
Fun: 8/10 (Once you get the hang of it, it gets very fun)
Addictive: 8/10 (You won't want to stop playing this game)
Price: 7/10 (A worthy investment of $9.99)
Average (Overall): 7/10

When Sega first announced this at the Apple Conference in March (the one where they unveiled the App store and the SDK), they made it look awesome.
Picture from iLounge

With the innovative use of the accelerometer, and the amazing graphics, everyone who saw this wanted it right away. And when Sega announced that it would cost $9.99 and would be available at the launch of the app store, I couldn't help thinking that it was a bit pricy. But, after buying it, I think that they could've gotten away with a $15.00 price tag.

When you open the application, you are confronted with few credits (Sega, etc.), and then it goes right to the menu. After picking your game (Main Game, Instant Play, Practice), you pick your character (AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, or GonGon). And then you pick which world you want to play in. In each world, there are 20 levels (plus 2 extra ones to unlock if you complete the game with tons of perfect levels). 10 on the easy mode, and 10 hard mode, which you will unlock when you complete easy mode.

A standard level is comprised of: multiple platforms, obstacles, and a finish bubble. Your objective is to guide the monkey to the finish bubble, by tilting the iPhone in the direction you want the monkey to travel. This can be especially challenging, especially if you are a beginner. But after a few levels, you get the hang of it, and it starts to get more challenging.

Level 90

Once you get the hang of this game, it is quite fun, and very addictive. It is well worth the price.

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