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Mini Review: Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania (PS5) – Sony Potassium 5

Ooh, chimpanzee that, Monkey Reviews.

These monkeys have a problem. Well, a succession of problems, really, but the main one is that they’ve been trapped inside giant spheres for no reason. And they’re beloved, these monkeys: since the GameCube days, Super Monkey Ball has been (perhaps bafflingly) popular, with increasingly diminishing returns across the likes of Super Monkey Ball Adventure through to the recent Banana Blitz HD.

Here, though, you’ve got a functional remake of PS2 and Xbox’s Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, itself a 2005 compilation of the original game and its sequel. Presentation has been overhauled, but the core ball-rolling simian action seems to have been left largely untouched. If you’ve never played Monkey Ball before, it’s a bit like those old wooden marble mazes where you tilt the play area to roll the ball, except this time there’s a little monkey fella.

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