Sega is doing something new with the Super Monkey Ball series, which makes me smile as I've loved those games since way back on the GameCube. However, their latest effort, Super Monkey Ball Bounce, isn't your father's Super Monkey Ball. As Sega describes it, "Taking inspiration from the classic arcade game, pachinko, Super Monkey Ball Bounce features AiAi and the rest of his monkey friends as they attempt to thwart the evil machinations of the dastardly Prof. Boscis." Or in other words, it's a lot like Peggle [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] with Super Monkey Ball characters. Hey, I'm actually surprisingly OK with that. Here's a trailer.

Currently, Super Monkey Ball Bounce is soft-launched in Canada, so if you're Canadian or have access to a Canadian App Store account by way of being a fake Canadian, then you can download the game for free and check it out for yourself. A full worldwide launch is set for "later this summer" and you can find some early impressions and discussion in our forums.

Canadian App Store Link: Super Monkey Ball Bounce, Free (Universal)

  • darnoc703

    Can't we just have a new actual super monkey ball game? Used to be my favorite game

  • MikeWD

    Sometimes, it's good to be Canadian.

  • BloodFidelity

    Looks awesome! I can't wait to try this one! Also, if you're a big fan of Peggle; Papa Pear Saga is a great alternative.

    • darnoc703

      This is how king makes their money

  • JCman7

    I hope Peggle 2 comes to iOS soon...this looks pretty fun though.

    • loox

      Indeed! Maybe this will finally force Popcap's hand to push the iOS app out.

  • Twitchfactor

    It looks pretty good and looks like some polished work, so hats off to the devs, but it's way too close to Peggle, and I defend clones all the time (I love 2048).

    I'm down to give it a spin, but a new Monkeyball would be nice, especially since Monkeyball was the launch game on iOS back in 2006(7?)

  • thiagovscoelho

    Pachinko is as much of a game as slot machines are.

    • Jake7905

      Peggle isn't exactly pachinko, as it adds some skill to that luck based game. And is nowhere near as mindless as a slot machine based game. I'm guessing this new game is more Peggle then straight pachinko.

      • GamerFirst1

        It's exactly Peggle. My only gripe is it's a little too sensitive when you go to aim the nozzle. I have no problems making fine adjustments in Peggle, but I'm all over the place when precision aiming with this during the mode that allows you to see where the ball will go. I do have a pretty pronounced hand tremor problem but still....

      • Jake7905

        I completely agree about the aiming in Peggle, at least for the IOS version. In the PC/Mac version, aiming is very easy and very accurate.

    • GamerFirst1

      Pachinko is way more of a game than slots are. I have 3 machines and they all have variable ball launch power, which is how you guide the balls where you want them. It's not as skill based as pinball, but it's way more skill based than slots.

  • 61050

    i didnt realize when you said 'its a lot like peggle', you meant 'its peggle'.

  • riChchestMat

    When you say soft launch I'm guessing that's because it's to manage server load. Which would mean that it's a freemium online game with micro transactions throughout. Does not sound attractive to me.

  • Stustaff

    I remember when TA used to run articles that were negative about clones. I feel old.