Review

Review: Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania manages to avoid slipping up

Sega’s HD remaster is a great celebration of three classic games

Producer / Director
Masao Shirosaki
Key Credits
Youichi Ishikawa (Lead programmer), Michio Abe (Lead artist)

Banana Mania is a joyous celebration of what are still arguably the three best games in the series. There are a few slight performance issues and we have no doubt die-hards will argue about the overall feel, but there's a wealth of entertaining banana-hunting here regardless.

  • Retains that simple yet infinitely compelling Monkey Ball gameplay
  • All 12 mini-games are present and accounted for
  • Ranking Challenge mode's online leaderboard ensures longevity
  • A fun selection of guest characters included in the base game
  • It's a real shame you can't view replays of other player's leaderboard entries
4 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 5
Review: Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania manages to avoid slipping up
Producer / Director
Masao Shirosaki
Key Credits
Youichi Ishikawa (Lead programmer), Michio Abe (Lead artist)

Banana Mania is a joyous celebration of what are still arguably the three best games in the series. There are a few slight performance issues and we have no doubt die-hards will argue about the overall feel, but there's a wealth of entertaining banana-hunting here regardless.

  • Retains that simple yet infinitely compelling Monkey Ball gameplay
  • All 12 mini-games are present and accounted for
  • Ranking Challenge mode's online leaderboard ensures longevity
  • A fun selection of guest characters included in the base game
  • It's a real shame you can't view replays of other player's leaderboard entries
4 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 5