Monday, February 16, 2009

Games Played 02/13/2009

Castle Crashers - X-Box 360
Fable II - X-Box 360
Ikaruga - X-Box 360
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords - X-Box 360
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix - X-Box 360


Super Monkey Ball (2001)
Developer: Amusement Vision, Ltd.
Platform: Nintendo GameCube
Purchase Date: 11/27/2001

Pretty confetti to celebrate your skillful navigational skills.

It's amazing that a twitchy puzzle game featuring a bunch of monkeys confined in a ball could become so successful. More amazing though is the developer's ability to convince Dole Food Company to get its logo slapped onto the bananas you collect in the game! The main game where you tilt the stages to move your monkey in the ball towards the goal is very difficult to play and takes both skillful precision with the controller and loads (I mean LOADS) of patience to complete. There are some sadistically brilliant stages in the game that are seemingly reserved only towards the die-hard puzzle maniacs. This is probably the reason why the multi-player component of the game feels so separated from the main game. The mini-games contained within are so well-developed that the players can opt to play them exclusively.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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