Monkey Ball certainly made a splash when it appeared on the arcades and home consoles as a hard as nails game that tasked players with guiding a monkey in a ball along increasing difficult stages filled with numerous drop-offs and narrow paths. It was the kind of game where analogue precision would make or break it. Sega did well to make it so popular and so it’s not a surprise to see the series extending to other platforms. This DS game is the latest in a line of portable adventures for the ballsy simians, although in some ways I wish they hadn’t tried.
The general goal of the game is to pick one of the four monkey characters (the choice really only for aesthetics purposes) and then guide them along various stages to the goal at the other end while trying not to fall off into the abyss below, with the unique trait being that instead of directly directing the chosen monkey you are literally tilting the entire level to make them roll as needed.