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Bonk's Adventure

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
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4.5
NES
76
3.9
Game Boy
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3.8
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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 Headbutting the ground
Bonk's Adventure Game Boy Climbing a waterfall
Bonk's Adventure TurboGrafx-16 Bonk is swinging on a vine
Bonk's Adventure Game Boy Dead...

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 (145)

The Press Says

Amiga Games Amiga Oct, 1992 92 out of 100 92
HonestGamers TurboGrafx-16 Jun 17, 2007 9 out of 10 90
1UP! TurboGrafx-16 Feb 05, 2007 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Netjak TurboGrafx-16 Feb 14, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
Mag'64 Wii Nov 21, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Video Game Den NES Sep 18, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Lens of Truth TurboGrafx-16 Apr 08, 2009 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers NES Aug 05, 2013 7 out of 10 70
NES Archives NES Jul 02, 2008 B- 67

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Trivia

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Dexterity Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Action Game in 1992 (Amiga version)

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