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Average, "strategy optional" platformer Andrew Fisher (617) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.8
Overall User Score (16 votes) 2.9

Critic Reviews

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Mean Machines (Jul, 1991)
Bonanza Bros' unusual, beautifully coloured graphics, great sound effects and superb playability have been fully captured in this stunning conversion! It's incredible fun to play, with utterly frantic action (especially when you're trying to do something like dodge around three policemen who are converging on you from all angles) and many hilarious touches. Watch what happens when a fly lands on your head, you step on a can or rake, fall off a wall or get splattered behind a door! My only gripe (I've already said this about another Megadrive title this month!) is that there are too many continues, and they let you finish the game very quickly (especially if you're also playing it on "easy" level). Play sensibly on the "normal" level with one credit at a time and you've got a thoroughly enjoyable and very unusual Megadrive conversion which fans of the coin-op will adore.
Raze (Aug, 1991)
There is also a two-player game in Bonanza Bros, which is highly enjoyable and will have you and your mate looting well into the wee hours... The only thing that lets Bonanza Bros down is the wishy-washy sound effects, but this aside it is a great game and well worth saving your pennies for.
80 (Jan 26, 2005)
Bonanza Bros. is a very original and addictive game, which is great with a friend. The challenge is immaculate, being tricky but not mind bustlingly difficult. Also the comedic plot crisis is something that most people should see anyway.
The saddest thing about this game is that it has to be one of the hardest Genesis games to find! Only years after I had packed my Genesis away did I come across Bonanza Brothers in a bargain bin. Fortunately, the hunt is well worthwhile as the game is a riot to play and requires some smart thinking and quick timing to finish with your yellow-headed robot in-tact.
Power Play (Aug, 1991)
Witzig sind sie ja, die "Bonanza Brothers": Zahlreiche Comic-Sidekicks beleben, hübsch animiert, die Level. Das dürftige Spielprinzip wird dadurch leider nicht wesentlich aufgewertet. Ein eingespieltes Diebesteam vernascht das Räubermodul in der Mittagspause; ein einzelner Dieb hat's nur unerheblich schwerer. Ruck-Zuck ist für jeden der nicht sehr umfangreichen Level eine Taktik erspielt und die Bonanza Brothers werden langweilig. Bleibt als Pluspunkt der Gehässigkeitsfaktor: Beim Spiel zu zweit dem Kumpel das Diebesgut vor der Nase wegzuschnappen, sorgt für selbstgemachten Anreiz. Wer witzige Pixelhelden mag, kann ja mal probespielen. Für ernsthafte Geschicklichkeitsfanatiker ist die Herausforderung zu gering.
Video Games (Sep, 1991)
Die Bonanza-Brüder gehören zu den coolsten Sprites, die je bei einem Meqa-Drive-Spiel über die Mattscheibe gezuckelt sind. Die wenig detailreiche, aber witzige Grafik paßt gut zum Slapstick-Charakter des Spiels. Auch Idee und Ablauf haben Pfiff. Im Zwei-Spieler-Modus gehört Bonanza Bros. zu den witzigsten Titeln der letzten Zeit; alleine fehlen etwas die Überraschungsmomente, für die ein arglistiger Mitspieler sorgen kann. Trotz zehn Levels hält sich der Umfang in Grenzen, da die Gebäude nicht groß sind: Wer die Continues ausnutzt, ist schnell durch. Dem Schönheitsfehler zum Trotz ein vergnügliches Spielchen.
There's no denying the graphical appeal of Bonanza Bros. The sprites are true to the arcade, with some nice, varied backdrops and excellent sprites. The sound is quite nice too with some cutesy soundtracks and good effects. To begin with the gameplay is quite entertaining - splatting meanies and collecting the swag does keep you occupied for a couple of hours, but if you've got the difficulty level on the lowest setting and the lives counter on the highest, then you'll complete the game in just a couple of shots. There are actually less levels in this version than there are in the arcades and all of the bonus levels are missing too. Superficially, Bonanza Bros is a great game, but it lacks the lastability factor that would make shelling out £35.00 truly justified.
55 (Feb 04, 2006)
And yet, this is one of those games that I come back to at least once a year. The gameplay is still fresh (dare I call it Metal Gear Solid Lite?) and despite the archaic graphics, Bonanza Brothers remains a fun and unique play. Don’t let the impersonal, middle-of-the-road score fool you—this is a definite for stealth fans that’ve missed it over the years.
Bonanza Bros. ist ein comicmäßig aufgebautes Game, das einige witzige Sequenzen enthält. Leider gibt Bonanza Bros. auf Dauer nicht allzuviel her. Da helfen auch die Gags nichts, und die technische Fehlleistung (im Zwei-Spieler-Modus wird der Spielablauf bei zu vielen Sprites total langsam) tut auch nichts zur spielerischen Freude dazu, zumal das Spiel in Belangen Grafik und Sound sehr schlicht gehalten wurde.
Okay, every cloud has a silver lining. I must say I liked some of the "special effects" in the game. An attack dog that appears after several cleared buildings growls, barks, and yips when hit. It LOOKS more like one of those balloon doggies a bad magician would make to warm up his act, but at least it sounds good. There are a few other bells and whistles but the time spent to program them in would have been better spent working on the bland graphics.