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In Bone Cruncher the player takes the role of Bono, a dragon who makes a living by selling soap. His secret of success: he uses skeletons as ingredients. To restock, Bone has to collect more skeletons by traveling through a castle with 22 scrolling levels.

This game is a Boulder Dash variant. The levels are filled with dirt (which vanishes when Bono walks over it), monsters , and glooks (basically rocks with eyes). Monsters can only travel on ways without dirt and their touch is hazardous - some even eat up the skeletons. There are 25 skeletons to find in each level and specific steps have to worked out to reach them (e.g. using a glook to cut off a specific monster's path), giving the game a puzzle-solving character.


Bone Cruncher Amiga Loading screen.
Bone Cruncher Commodore 64 Starting level 1
Bone Cruncher Amiga Once you have five bones, you can create soap at a cauldron.
Bone Cruncher Amiga You must manipulate the obstacles to make your way around the maze and complete the level.

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ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga May, 1988 948 out of 1000 95
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 943 out of 1000 94
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) BBC Micro Oct, 1988 920 out of 1000 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 920 out of 1000 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Oct, 1988 920 out of 1000 92
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 8.4 out of 12 70
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1988 61 out of 100 61
Power Play Amiga May, 1988 5.5 out of 10 55
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 5 out of 10 50


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  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

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