Bonk's Adventure

Critic Score User Score
Wii
73
3.9
PlayStation 3
...
...
TurboGrafx-16
81
4.1
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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 NES Say hello to Gladdis
Bonk's Adventure NES Say hello to Punchy Pedro
Bonk's Adventure NES Bonk is carried off to a bonus level
Bonk's Adventure TurboGrafx-16 "Ooh, a little baby. Aren't you cute. Where's your mummy?"

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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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic TurboGrafx-16 Apr 04, 2004 A- 91
Play Time Amiga Oct, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Game Players NES Jul, 1994 87 out of 100 87
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Apr, 1990 84 out of 100 84
IGN TurboGrafx-16 Dec 06, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Quebec Gamers TurboGrafx-16 Oct 03, 2012 7.6 out of 10 76
1UP! NES May 08, 2009 76 out of 100 76
Video Game Generation Wii Jan 22, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Power Play Game Boy Nov, 1992 68 out of 100 68

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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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