Bonk's Adventure

Critic Score User Score
NES
76
3.7
Game Boy
...
3.7
PlayStation 3
...
4.5
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Description

Bonk's Adventure is a prehistoric platform game where you are in control of a large bald headed caveman, guiding him through the levels taking out all manner of strange prehistoric creatures that get in your way including King Drools henchmen - all in effort to free the captured/controlled residents of Moonland (bosses) - including the Princess Za from King Drool attempted take over.

The game is not unlike other platform games of the era. Though it's unique in that you can climb walls and swing on rope with your teeth and your only method of attack is head butting enemies - straight forward or dive bomb style. The game starts off with simplistic point A to point B style, but focuses more on exploration in the later stages, which include finding hidden bonus areas.

The game is also known for its trademark gameplay mechanism of 'spin attack', where Bonk floats through the air if you have the turbo button on. This can be used to float around the level and reach areas for extra/hidden items, but also as a method of attack as well. The game starts you off with 3 hearts, but allows you to increase this number when you find special heart container items, allowing Bonk to take a number of hits before dying.

A variety of bonus stages can be found throughout the game, which provide bonus points upon completion and thus resulting in accumulating extra lives. Enemies themselves can be 'milked' for points in that you can keep 'bonking' their dead bodies and not letting them hit the ground. Spin attack is another method for doing this.

Screenshots

Bonk's Adventure TurboGrafx-16 That dinosaur thinks that he is a dude
Bonk's Adventure NES Headbutting the ground
Bonk's Adventure Amiga Teeth Climbing
Bonk's Adventure Amiga Mouth Entrance

Alternate Titles

  • "PC原人" -- PC Engine Japanese spelling
  • "PC Genjin" -- PC Engine title
  • "FC原人" -- Famicom Japanese spelling
  • "FC Genjin: Freakthoropus Computerus" -- Japanese NES title
  • "FC Genjin" -- Famicom title
  • "B.C. Kid" -- European title

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User Reviews

One of the best Platform games on the TG-16 TurboGrafx-16 gametrader (229)
Classic platformer TurboGrafx-16 CKeen The Great (142)

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers TurboGrafx-16 Dec 29, 2003 9 out of 10 90
HonestGamers TurboGrafx-16 Jun 17, 2007 9 out of 10 90
1UP! TurboGrafx-16 Feb 05, 2007 88 out of 100 88
Pelit Amiga Feb, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Mag'64 Wii Nov 21, 2009 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers TurboGrafx-16 Mar 02, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Video Game Generation Wii Jan 22, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
NES Archives NES Jul 02, 2008 B- 67
GameSpot Wii Dec 08, 2006 6.6 out of 10 66

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Trivia

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Dexterity Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • October 1990 (Issue 15) - Most Exciting New Theme
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Action Game in 1992 (Amiga version)

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