Welcome to our Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD review. A remaster of the 2006 Wii game of the same name minus the HD, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
- Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch,
- Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
- Developer: Ryu Ga Gotuku Studio
- Publisher: SEGA
- Multiplayer: 1 to 4 Players
- Available: October 29th, 2019
- Price: £34.99 (U.K) $39.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 3 (U.K) E10+(U.S)
- Review Code Provided
Having never played the Wii version of this game, I was excited to get my hands on this one even though I’m almost 30 years old. The very moment I loaded the game up I fully understood why I wanted it. It’s simply a wonderful way to unwind on a game that’s so serious yet still remains a challenge.
If like me, you’ve never played the game before the premise is simple. Taking command of one of a few adorable monkeys encased inside bouncy balls you are tasked with navigating them across fully 3D levels within a time limit and collecting as many bananas as you can. Each level is based on a path that’s high above ground level and the challenge lays within not falling off the platforms, which believe it or not is harder than it sounds as each level tilts and throws different obstacles in your way such as chasms, moving platforms, and poles that bounce you just to name a few. Make no mistake this game may look like it’s for children but its still one hell of a challenge.
Adding to the aforementioned challenge is a boss at the end of each of the game worlds. These bosses don’t deal damage to the player but instead aim to make them fall off the ledge or fail by not beating them before the time limit is up. Taking down a boss typically requires you to jump on a certain part of its body a few times which sounds easy on paper but is challenging when put to the test.
One thing that annoys me about the game is just how sensitive the controls feel which makes the challenging aspects of the game that bit more frustrating. The analog stick feels far to easy to overdo it on and since this is one of the main controls of the game it’s far too annoying especially as you get to the later stages that feature a lot of narrow paths.
New monkeys and even Sonic can be unlocked by progressing through the game and achieving certain goals. Each monkey also has his or her own different outfits that are unlocked as you play through the game with them.
The original Wii version of this game features a generous 50 mini-games. Unfortunately, this HD version has done away with 40 of them leaving just 10. A bit of a shame really but the ones that have made the cut are a lot of fun and a good way to have some family fun time. My personal favorite is the Whack-A-Mole inspired fun game which both I and my 6-year-old son spent a lot of time on together racking up points against each other by whacking moles. Other mini-games include a ski racing game, a space shooting game, and a game that has you falling from the top of a level collecting bananas and trying to reach the bottom first.
Graphically this HD remaster looks absolutely stunning even on my original launch model PS4. Textures are smooth and the details are full and rich, so much so that this game really does deserve its HD title add on.
In conclusion Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is a fantastic way to sit back and unwind with a game that’s not so serious. Although challenging, for the most part completing each level offers a satisfying feeling that’s both good and addictive so much so it kept me going back for more. The controls are a bit too sensitive and the removal of 40 mini-games is quite a shame as I’d have loved to try them all.
That concludes our Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD review. To purchase the game on PS4 check out the links below.