Bonk's Return is an entry in the Bonk series of platformers that is exclusive to mobile devices. Once again Bonk has to defeat the evil King Drool who has captured a young girl from Bonk's village, but first he has to travel through 19 miles of platform levels. The gameplay remains largely the same as before and involves jumping between platforms while fighting enemies and avoiding various traps and pitfalls. Bonk's attack of choice is still a headbutt which can be combined with a jump to attack from above. Bonk's health is measured in hearts which can be extended by collecting more hearts. To recharge existing hearts, fruits can be collected. It is also possible to collect meat which makes Bonk mean. When all hearts have been depleted one life is lost out of three.
In addition to the main game there are four challenges which are mini-games. The first three involve completing a level within a certain time, while the final one involves headbutting lava rocks that are launched from a volcano.