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Air Zonk (TurboGrafx-16)

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Description

In 1992, Hudson Soft expanded upon the Bonk's Adventure franchise they had built by creating Air Zonk, a 2D side-scrolling "cute 'em up" shooter set in a cyberpunk-esque future. While Air Zonk differed from its successor in terms of gameplay, the cartoonish style of the Bonk series could still be seen all throughout the game, especially in the graphics, the characters, & of course, Zonk himself.

Air Zonk may appear to feature a candy cartoon coating on the outside, but it's still a traditional shoot-'em-up at heart. You still have a selection of your basic weapon power-ups (8 in total here), but spread guns & powerful bursts are now represented by killer decks of cards & giant metal mandibles. Large, imposing endbosses are still the norm, but here your foes range from giant heaps of living garbage to killer football players. And outer space? Who needs to blow up things there when you have other venues (5 in total) such as a gigantic stadium to do it in?

In addition to all of this, Air Zonk gives you a feature that allows you to choose from one of 10 "friends" at the beginning of each level who will fight by your side once you pick up a certain power-up. These friends range from giant scud missiles to living dump trucks to floating cow-things, among others. Pick up another power-up, & Zonk & his friend combine to create a powerful hybrid form, featuring some of the strangest attacks you may ever see in a video game.

So will Zonk be able to defeat King Drool, rescue the moon from his clutches, & save the world? As usual, the answer is up to you...

Screenshots

Air Zonk TurboGrafx-16 Mechanic fish and aliens with tank-helmet
Air Zonk TurboGrafx-16 Super Invincible Bazooka Bonk can easily take this first boss.
Air Zonk TurboGrafx-16 Air Zonk!
Air Zonk TurboGrafx-16 This city is totally cybernetic.

Alternate Titles

  • "PC電人" -- Japanese spelling
  • "PC Denjin" -- Japanese title
  • "Bonk's Thunder Shooting" -- Working title

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The Press Says

GameFan Magazine Dec, 1992 96.5 out of 100 96
Player One Jan, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Defunct Games Jun 11, 2005 89 out of 100 89
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Aug 20, 2007 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Mar 25, 2006 B 75
Retrogaming.it Feb 17, 2009 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Mascot

Just as Bonk was the mascot for the TurboGrafx-16, his successor of sorts Zonk eventually went on to become the mascot for the TurboDuo...The successor to the TurboGrafx.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 1992 - TurboGrafx-16 Game Of The Year (despite the odds of only averaging a score of 7.25 (out of 10) from the four main critics)

SlyDante (825) added Air Zonk (TurboGrafx-16) on Aug 25, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (10447) and gamewarrior (5064)