Sega hands over its precious balls to Traveller’s Tales, a British developer you probably know from... well, chances are you probably don’t know them. The developer has had success with Sega in the past, creating Sonic R and Sonic 3D Blast. That said, the company has crafted more mediocre games than great ones. Should Super Monkey Ball fans be concerned that someone other than Sega is handling their favorite simians? From what we’ve seen so far, Super Monkey Ball Adventure contains many of elements that made the series so popular, but its new facets are a bit frustrating.
On the plus side, challenge mode and party mode offer a traditional Super Monkey Ball experience that’s quite enjoyable. Challenge mode lets you tackle conventional Super Monkey Ball mazes, while party mode lets up to four players engage in some fantastic mini-games. The staple gameplay of the series was handled reasonably well by the developer and should not disappoint.