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__ _______ w c(..)o ( | __|.--.--..-----..-----..----. SUPER MONKEY BALL \__(-) _) |__ || | || _ || -__|| _| FAQ v0.1 /\ ( |_______||_____|| __||_____||__| (c) J. Lumb 2001/09/18 /(_)__) _______ |__| __ ______ __ __ w /| | | |.-----..-----.| |--..-----..--.--.| __ |.---.-.| || | | \ | || _ || || < | -__|| | || __ <| _ || || | m m |__|_|__||_____||__|__||__|__||_____||___ ||______||___._||__||__| |_____| ___ WHO ARE THE CHARACTERS? __________________________________________________ AIAI: The head of the household MEEMEE: AiAi's wife BABY: AiAi and MeeMee's child GONGON: A new character! ___ WHAT ARE THE GAME MODES? _________________________________________________ MAIN GAME Put the monkey in a ball and get him to the goal as fast as possible Normal mode - Up to 4 people can play but in 1 player mode you get play points Practice mode - This is for the player to practice the stages alone Competition mode - 2-4 people race for the goal at the same time PARTY GAME 1 person can play but it's much more fun for 2-4 players Monkey Race - Control at high speeds is necessary in this circuit race Monkey Fight - 1-4 players try to punch each other out of a ring Monkey Target - Up to 4 players fly through the sky and try to land on target MINI GAME Unlock the mini games by playing Main game in Normal mode Monkey Billiards - 9 ball game with all the strategy you'd expect Monkey Bowling - Control the ball to hit as many pins as possible Monkey Golf - ___ HOW DO I PLAY NORMAL MODE? _______________________________________________ Use the directional controller to move your monkey (in ball) around the stage. The aim is to get to the GOAL as quickly as possible, and definitely within time limit. Points are scored according to: - Time left when you finish (each second is worth 100 points) - Special time beaten (if you use less than half the time you get 2x score) - Warps (if you find a level warp, you get a score multiplier) Bananas do NOT increase your score, but if you collect 100 within one continue, you get an extra life. Basically, speed is the name of the game. ___ WHY WOULD I USE PRACTISE MODE? ___________________________________________ Good question, since you can only play the levels you've already reached in Normal mode and it doesn't give you anything extra. Well, the main reason I've found is to find all the kick-ass shortcuts that seem impossible otherwise. Because there's no risk of wasting all the effort you've been through to maintain perfect results on earlier stages, it's easy to take huge risks, and if some of these risks involve dangerous moves, you should practise them to perfection here before trying them out in Normal Mode. Unfortunately, scores are not saved when you quit a stage. ___ BEGINNER STAGE TIPS ______________________________________________________ If you complete 01-10 without losing a life you'll get three extra stages to have a go at. You can use continues to pass these once you get to them. 01 - Just head straight for the goal. No nonsense. 02 - Navigate round the diamond hole to the goal OR back up the ramp, drop on to the small platform below and warp to stage 5. 03 - Two ways round this course, but both are the same distance. 04 - You can get across this level without waiting. 05 - I do the outer square then the inner but there may be a quicker way. 06 - Don't follow the ramps, jump off the side of the first platform onto the next, repeat for the second platform and then roll down to the goal. 07 - Haven't found a special way to do this yet. Straightforward. 08 - Again, no special way, just be patient. 09 - Nice and easy. Risky to take the ramp diagonally. 10 - Take the first ramp, jump from the platform to avoid two ramps and navigate the rest as quickly as possible for the 2x bonus. EXTRA STAGES: 01 - Maybe possible to get across in one go, but I do it 2 or 3 at a time. 02 - Obvious but sometimes tricky. 03 - Full thrust ahead from the start and a little bend to get round the top of the v, then u-turn to the right and head for the GOAL. ___ ADVANCED STAGE TIPS ______________________________________________________ 01 - Straightforward. 02 - Simple but lengthy. 03 - Easy. 04 - Possible without waiting if you go for the edge of the platform. 05 - Same as easy 05 but less time to spare. 06 - Back up the ramp and drop down to hidden exit will jump to stage 10. Otherwise wait till the moving half is falling but nearly level and roll! 07 - If you go almost straight from the start you can make two jumps and cut out a lot of track to do the stage in about 15 seconds. 08 - Full speed ahead with a little steering. 09 - You can do this in one pass, about 13 seconds. 10 - Difficult, I do the inner circle first. 11 - Many choices, but I can't do the thin ones yet. So no jump gate for me. 12 - Spin round the bowl. Anti-clockwise is quickest. 13 - Just be patient for the jumps. 14 - Light touches make this level quicker. 15 - Skip two lengths by jumping across in front of you. Rest is simple. 16 - No need to slow down on this stage. 17 - No short cuts... combine speed and control for the optimum time. 18 - Drop off the track at the start to get the red exit or chase the blue exit (easy catch -> stage 19) or green exit (moderate catch -> stage 20) 19 - Drop off the platform (right and back) for a risky sub-6 sec finish. 20 - Weave in and out of the bounce pads as quickly as possible. 21-30 to come soon. ___ LINKS ____________________________________________________________________ Official game site (in Japanese) : http://www.amusementvision.com/ja/products/monkey_ball/ The author of this FAQ's homepage : http://www.jonnyram.com/ ___ CREDITS __________________________________________________________________ This FAQ was written by Jonathan Lumb (and shall not be reproduced without consent). v0.1 was written September 2001. If you have any questions, comments or contributions, please send them to [email protected] I can't guarantee I'll respond to everyone, but credit will be given where it is due. The latest version of this FAQ will always be available at Cheat Code Central at http://www.cheatcc.com and GameFAQs at http://www.gamefaqs.com (unless it decides to become re-affiliated with IGN). ___ PREVIOUS REVISIONS _______________________________________________________ None so far.