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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall User Score (13 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Technically superior and built upon a charming and original main character, this hard-headed and unique title is a blast to play.
Game Players (Jul, 1994)
A terrific translation of the original Turbo-Grafix-16 version. You've still got your mid-air spins, wall bites and, of course, plenty of bani-bana flowers and bonus levels.
Video Game Den (Sep 18, 2011)
All in all, I think this port is more than correct and managed to keep the spirit and fun factor of the PC Engine game.
1UP! (May 08, 2009)
Ce qui a un peu changé, c'est la jungle, et évidemment aussi le graphisme. Quelques ennemis — peu nombreux en fin de compte — ont disparu, mais surtout les niveaux ont été remaniés; parfois ce n'est que l'ordre qui a changé (le désert en niveau 1-2 surprend), d'autres fois des zones ont laissé leur place à de nouvelles et d'une manière générale la composition de celles-ci a été revue à la réduction: smileys plus rares, fruit unique, décor moins massif qui s'est mis à l'échelle des productions NES. Le jeu s'accomode assez bien de ces changements, on ne peut pas dire qu'il est plus beau que sur PC Engine, mais le graphisme est de meilleur goût: on compte moins de dinos roses et fluos, bien que les cinq premiers boss aient toujours un penchant regrettable pour les couleurs hideuses. Même s'il n'accomplit aucune prouesse avec la console, on voit bien qu'il s'agit d'un jeu plus récent de la Famicom, tout comme on sentait son âge sur PC Engine.
Retro Archives (Feb 09, 2020)
Nouvelle déception pour ce Bonk’s Adventure, une nouvelle fois inutilement édulcoré pour son passage sur NES. Certes, les joueurs s’étant arrachés les cheveux sur la version PC Engine seront sans doute heureux de bénéficier d’une version un peu plus accessible, avec une réalisation très correcte. Mais mieux vaut, à mon sens, profiter de l’expérience originale, plus intense, plus ludique et techniquement plus accomplie.
I initially started playing Bonk’s Adventure just to see if I would want to review it, and before I knew it I was in world 3. It has that coveted Super Mario Bros. quality of being easy to pick up but hard to put down. Simple fun is its main draw, but the game also has a few more complicated mechanics for interested parties to explore. Its awful music and merely decent level design don’t detract too much from the fundamentally enjoyable gameplay, and both of those aspects are better executed in the game’s original version. It’s easy to see why Bonk became the official mascot of the TurboGrafx-16.
NES Archives (Jul 02, 2008)
Unfortunately Bonk’s Adventure has become an expensive purchase on the NES. If you have a TurboGraphx-16 or a Nintendo Wii I would just play the 16-bit definitive version of Bonk’s Adventure. If you are a huge Bonk fan and have to play this one, don’t get your hopes up too high or you will be disappointed.
50 (Mar, 2011)
Unfortunately, the NES version is far too easy and bland. While the Turbo-Grafx games were as simple as the NES version at their core, they also had challenge and a modicum of depth that made repeat plays worthwhile. I blasted through the five worlds of Bonk’s Adventure in forty-five minutes with only one continue, and I was playing pretty sloppily. While the levels aren’t poorly designed, there are no secrets to be found or hidden paths to uncover – straight bonkin’ all the way. The bonus levels seem like they would be fun if I could complete them. One has you jumping from platform to platform collecting miniature chili peppers, but Bonk is not a jumper like Mario, so I could never make it past the first couple platforms. Despite my ambivalence towards the game, I completed it simply because… I love Bonk and will play anything he’s associated with. That being said, if you’ve never played Bonk, this won’t be the game to bring you in.