The object of the game, like others in the Super Monkey Ball series, is to get AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, or GonGon to the goal.
The graphics are similar to both Super Monkey Ball: Touch and Roll and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz: the monkeys' sprites are reused from Touch and Roll and the level design and appearance is reused from Banana Blitz, although unlike Banana Blitz, the Jump ability is removed.
There are 5 continues of 6 lives, totalling 30 lives together.
There are five worlds, and each world has two sets of ten stages.
If you collect all the Bananas on a stage without falling off, you will earn a crown. Earning a crown on every stage in a set unlocks an Extra Stage.