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Bonk's Adventure (TurboGrafx-16)

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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.


Bonk's Adventure TurboGrafx-16 Bonk even looks evil underwater
Bonk's Adventure TurboGrafx-16 Title
Bonk's Adventure TurboGrafx-16 Swimming inside someone's stomach
Bonk's Adventure TurboGrafx-16 Walking under a toad

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 gametrader (229) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Classic platformer CKeen The Great (145) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Apr 04, 2004 A- 91
HonestGamers Jun 17, 2007 9 out of 10 90
HonestGamers Dec 29, 2003 9 out of 10 90
1UP! Feb 05, 2007 88 out of 100 88
Video Games Mar, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Netjak Feb 14, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
HonestGamers Mar 02, 2006 8 out of 10 80
IGN Dec 06, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Lens of Truth Apr 08, 2009 8 out of 10 80 May, 2007 8 out of 10 80


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*Katakis* (37821) added Bonk's Adventure (TurboGrafx-16) on Jan 11, 2005
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