The Super Monkey Ball series was created by Amusement Vision in collaboration with one of the earliest game and console developers in the gaming market, SEGA. The first Super Monkey Ball game came out as a platforming arcade game in Japan back in the year 2001 and was later ported over to the Gamecube. It became one of the most popular games for Nintendo’s block-shaped gaming device, thanks to its fun and innovative gameplay.
Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition was developed and released for both IOS and Android devices. The game is a direct port from the arcade version and provides all the fun and enjoyment you would expect from a Super Monkey Ball, only this time you get to play the game on the go.
The visuals in Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition are colorful and lively. The graphics in the game is quite pleasing to watch and provide enough detail and depth to immerse players in the game’s virtual world. Everything in Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition looks pretty much identical to the arcade version of the game, thanks mainly to the developer’s efforts in porting the game accurately and the power of modern day mobile devices.
The animations in Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition are also well implemented and are quite enjoyable to look at, especially the small things like each of the character’s distinct mannerisms.
The game does not show any form of slowdown or frame rate hiccups, even during multiplayer sessions with other players. While we did play the game on the newest Android Tablet by Samsung, we can not be sure if the game still retains its silky smooth gameplay on other Android devices on the market – especially those made by less known mobile device manufacturers.
The music in Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition is good but not exceptional. The tunes aRE lively and catchy but are not that memorable compared to other music found in classic games such as Nintendo’s Mario series and Sega’s own Sonic games.
Some of the sound effects found in other Super Monkey Ball games seem to be missing in Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition. At first we thought that the volume on our Android device was too low, so we turned it up to the maximum, but we still did not hear any of the sound effects that we were expecting to hear. It may be the game developer’s decision to remove some of the sound effects in the game to lessen the time of downloading and installing the game itself. The removal of some of the game’s sound effects can also decrease the game’s size, and since a lot of people do not want to fill up their mobile device’s internal memory, removing some of the game’s sound effects was the best solution – which is much better than removing game modes and other more prominent features.
While the Super Monkey Ball series has become immensely popular throughout the years and has spawned numerous sequels on pretty much all the leading gaming consoles and mobile devices, its gameplay still remains its main attraction. The game’s understated yet highly addictive gameplay has attracted millions of gamers from different age groups and has even been copied by other games, which for us is the ultimate sign of a game’s success.
Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition maintains the series’ tried and tested gameplay. A gameplay that revolves around tilting the screen in order to steer and move the game’s ball-riding hero. What actually separates playing this version of Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition from the arcade version or other Super Monkey Ball games entirely is the fact that the game’s control relies entirely on the IOS and Android device’s internal accelerometer and gyroscope sensors. This makes the game more immersive since the player literally holds the game in his hands compared to holding a controller and looking at a monitor or TV screen. Any subtle movements from the player automatically translates to the game, making it much more challenging and fun. Playing Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition demands a high level of concentration and hand-eye coordination if you want to conquer the game.
There are multiple characters to choose from in Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition. There is AiAi, the main character and pretty much the game’s poster boy. MeeMee is the only female amongst the playable monkeys in the game. Baby, a cute and cuddly infant is ready to hang with the big boys. And last but not the least, GonGon, who looks as though he is aching for a good fight. While the game has four different characters to choose from, they are nothing more than avatars for the players to use. They do not have any specific abilities to differentiate them from each other. It would have been brilliant if each one of the playable characters in the game had a unique skill that they could use to help them traverse the game’s treacherous terrain.
The game modes are abundant in Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition. Besides the game’s Single player mode - where players can play through numerous stages, the game also has a quick play mode and a lot of mini games. There are four different mini games to choose from, and they each provide a unique experience since their gameplay is a bit different than the one found in the Single player mode. Players can play bowling, golf, a Pong-like defense game and a target game – where you must land your chosen monkey on a large dartboard area after being shot from a huge cannon while collecting as many bananas as you possibly can. Hours of gameplay surely awaits those who have taken the Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition challenge.
Players can make Replay recordings of their gameplay runs to show off to their family and friends. Reviewing your own replay videos can even help you plan out your next move just in case you want to take another crack at the stage that gave you some serious headaches.
The game also offers the option to play with other players. All the mini games in Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition can be played with others. Sadly, there is no online multiplayer available in the game – something that actually disappointed us. If you want to play with other people in Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition, you must all share a single gaming device. While it was still fun playing the game with others, taking turns and having four players holding a section of an Android Tablet can get irritating and tiresome. The game’s developer should actually have added an online multiplayer option to the game, this would have made the game much more fun to play with others. Hopefully, the game’s developer will realize this shortcoming and add this online feature in the next game.
Sega’s Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition is another fantastic addition to the game’s already impressive lineup of titles. While the game developer has had to make some sacrifices to make sure that the game is accessible to everyone, the game is still pretty solid and is highly recommended to everybody, not just fans of the franchise. The gameplay mechanics work extremely well with the touch and movement sensing controls on IOS and Android devices. We cannot wait to see what other gameplay enhancements they can add to the Super Monkey Ball series using the features of modern mobile devices. We give Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition a rolling score of 86/100.
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Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition has not yet been developed for Windows Phones and currently there is no news as to when it will be. You can however play the Second Edition on Windows Mobile, download it here...
All the monkey games can be played on both mobile phones & tablets.