Super Monkey Ball Bounce

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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More ape pinball puzzles -- with less charm and more ads.

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Ease of Play

Early modes of the game are fairly easy, but as you get further into the game, there are levels that seem to be built specifically to encourage you to buy in-game items. 

Violence & Scariness

Some robot enemies explode when hit, but it's in a cartoonish fashion. 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Ads between levels are common, and the game encourages you to purchase boosts -- sometimes designing a level so it's virtually impossible to continue without doing so. In addition, once you've lost a certain number of times, you'll have to either pay to continue or wait a semi-lengthy time. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Super Monkey Ball Bounce is the latest addition to the Super Monkey Ball family of pinball-style puzzle games. Your goal: Clear a Pachinko-like board by angling shots with a bouncing ball (that contains a cute monkey). There's no notable violence, sex, or language concerns, but the game does show several ads between levels and actively pushes users to utilize power-ups, which require in-app purchases. 

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Adult Written byHARry PLAYZZ August 21, 2018

MONKY BALL IS SUPER FUN

MUNKY BALL IS A FUN GAME BECASE IT HAS MONKYS AND THEY HAVE BANANAS. I LIKE MONKYS BECASE THEY HAVE TAILS ANS BIG EERS. MONKYS ARE FUNNY BECASE THE MAKE A NOISE... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Using their fingers to adjust a ball's aim at the top of the screen, players then touch the screen to release it -- and determine whether their guesstimate on its trajectory lets them hit the correct pegs. Every peg you hit on a shot adds to the subtotal score, but you must clear all the starred ones to clear the level. Shots that go a long distance or clear a difficult hurdle earn more points (thus earning you more stars at the end of the level). 

Is it any good?

This version of Super Monkey Ball is a lot like Peggle, the delightful arcade-style game that also features a bouncing ball. You can't blame the makers of SUPER MONKEY BALL BOUNCE for trying to emulate it, but it's missing some spark. To their credit, they added a few new elements to the game, such as having to hit specific robots multiple times; but it's impossible to play this game without comparing it to its classic forerunner -- and that's where it starts to fall a bit short. 

Some of the puzzles are created specifically to push power-ups, which can only be found in the in-app store. That feels like it's cheating the player. Add the seemingly endless interstitial ads and a system that forces you to either wait long periods to keep playing or pay to do so, and you can't help but be disappointed by these new features, marring what otherwise would be a very good game. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about taking the easy route or sticking with a problem and figuring it out yourself. 

  • Families also can talk about the difference between wanting something and needing it. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 22, 2014
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 94.20 MB
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Version: 1.0.7
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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