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In 1992, Hudson Soft expanded upon the Bonk's Adventure franchise they had built by creating Air Zonk, a 2D side-scrolling "cute 'em up" shooter set in a cyberpunk-esque future. While Air Zonk differed from its successor in terms of gameplay, the cartoonish style of the Bonk series could still be seen all throughout the game, especially in the graphics, the characters, & of course, Zonk himself.

Air Zonk may appear to feature a candy cartoon coating on the outside, but it's still a traditional shoot-'em-up at heart. You still have a selection of your basic weapon power-ups (8 in total here), but spread guns & powerful bursts are now represented by killer decks of cards & giant metal mandibles. Large, imposing endbosses are still the norm, but here your foes range from giant heaps of living garbage to killer football players. And outer space? Who needs to blow up things there when you have other venues (5 in total) such as a gigantic stadium to do it in?

In addition to all of this, Air Zonk gives you a feature that allows you to choose from one of 10 "friends" at the beginning of each level who will fight by your side once you pick up a certain power-up. These friends range from giant scud missiles to living dump trucks to floating cow-things, among others. Pick up another power-up, & Zonk & his friend combine to create a powerful hybrid form, featuring some of the strangest attacks you may ever see in a video game.

So will Zonk be able to defeat King Drool, rescue the moon from his clutches, & save the world? As usual, the answer is up to you...


Air Zonk TurboGrafx-16 How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Rocket
Air Zonk TurboGrafx-16 Different types of "meat" give you different abilities, like these homing shots.
Air Zonk TurboGrafx-16 A robot buddy arrives!
Air Zonk TurboGrafx-16 Air Zonk!

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Alternate Titles

  • "PC電人" -- Japanese spelling
  • "PC Denjin: Punkic Cyborgs" -- Japanese full title
  • "PC Denjin" -- Japanese title
  • "Bonk's Thunder Shooting" -- Working title
  • "Bonkinator: Cyborg Punk" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

GameFan Magazine Dec, 1992 96.5 out of 100 96
Player One Jan, 1993 90 out of 100 90 Oct 28, 2016 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games Jun 11, 2005 89 out of 100 89
Play Time Jan, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Aug 20, 2007 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Mar 25, 2006 B 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1992 29 out of 40 72
Video Games Jan, 1993 72 out of 100 72 Feb 17, 2009 7 out of 10 70


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Just as Bonk was the mascot for the TurboGrafx-16, his successor of sorts Zonk eventually went on to become the mascot for the TurboDuo...The successor to the TurboGrafx.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 1992 - TurboGrafx-16 Game Of The Year (despite the odds of only averaging a score of 7.25 (out of 10) from the four main critics)

SlyDante (832) added Air Zonk (TurboGrafx-16) on Aug 25, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (21142) and gamewarrior (5048)