(Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Bonk's Adventure (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

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Set in prehistoric times, this Wonderboy-style scrolling platform game has the hero, a slap-head baldy called PC Kid, running and jumping his way through many levels, head butting an unbelievably weird load of beasts who run, hop and fly around him.

Each collision with a beastie diminishes energy, but there are loads of fruits to collect to top your total, and there are also kebabs! Eat one of those and you can kill an enemy with one head butt. Eat a second and become invincible for a short period of time!

There are a variety of levels, starting off in the Prehistoric countryside. Get to the end of the that and it's across a volcanic landscape, followed by a hazardous clamber over the back of a massive dinosaur - get to his head and he opens his mouth, allowing PC Kid to continue his mission through the monster's stomach! Weird, eh? And that's only the beginning…

Game Review

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

Set in prehistoric times, this Wonderboy-style scrolling platform game has the hero, a slap-head baldy called PC Kid, running and jumping his way through many levels.

The Super NES had Mario, the Genesis had Sonic, so you knew it was only a matter of time before Hudson would be looking to create a mascot game for their Turbografx-16 system as well. Hudson went old school, and I mean really old-school to find their man...

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User Comments (16)

__Gerald

#1

Gerald said:

Great game,but Bonk 2 is better.Still,this one should keep you busy until Bonk 2 arrives on the VC.

__fire deity

#2

fire deity said:

I have never heard of this game and i had 600 points spare left on my wii so i bought it today, it is really fun ! brilliant game and i definately recommend it to any adventure platformer fan!

Pegasus

#3

Pegasus said:

I wasn't too thrilled with this game. The name always popped up every now and again, but it wasn't until the VC that I got to play it, and all I can say to it is a big "Meh!". Yes, the game is imaginative in parts, but it is overshadowed by clunky controls, some lackluster environments, and that befuddling, strange orange tint.

Even if the sequel is supposed to be better, Bonk's Adventure has put me off from even trying it, in fear I may get another much less than stellar platformer. I've played much better games than this. I recommend anyone to think twice before putting your Wii points down for this one.

__Deity

#4

Deity said:

Excellent game. It is an amazing platform game and can be pretty tough at points! I highly recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of the platform genre.

jammy_uk

#5

jammy_uk said:

Good platform game, nothing more nothing less. 'Stick to Mario' may be cliched advice, but is certainly true with this game.

Clayfrd

#6

Clayfrd said:

I like this platformer a lot. It has a nice idea, and it rolls with it well. The bosses are particularly entertaining. No doubt a nice break from Mario and Sonic if you have worn them out.

Manicfatty

#8

Manicfatty said:

I should have given this 3 stars, because it's an average platformer at the heart of it all. I couldn't. I have to give it a 4, because it just oozes style and personality. That's something that translates into extra mileage when you hit those portions of the game that feel 'been there, done that'. That's what makes it feel fresh, when it's core is derivative. The series definately gets much much better, but here's to the begining of a beautiful friendship. Bonk is the (proto) man!

Rossi

#9

Rossi said:

Here is just a stepping stone to the better games in the series.. take a look at Bonk 2 or 3 instead of this one?

retrogamer

#11

retrogamer said:

Bonk's Adventure plays out like a classic arcade game. It keeps things simple, but it still has a lot of charm and personality to it. This one isn't a bad buy for 600 points.

retrogamer

#12

retrogamer said:

Full Review: Bonk, who first appeared in "Bonk's Adventure", was the TurboGrafx16's mascot. Of course, the TurboGrafx16 was left out in the cold because of Nintendo and Sega. And it comes to today that "Bonk's Adventure" finds itself on Nintendo's "Wii Shop" channel. Appearing on such a big name console of the next generation, the big-headed caveman is now finding himself some much needed respect...

Bonk's Adventure plays out in a Prehistoric setting. You play as Bonk, a cavekid with an enormous noggin'. Instead of bouncing on enemies, Bonk uses this head of his to K.O enemies cold. Bonk can also use his head to spin around and "glide" across levels. The main goal of each level is, simply put it, to get from point A to point B. Unlike most platformers, the game isn't focusing on moving platforms and making amazing leaps across pits. The game tosses out alot of enemies at you, instead. But it's still really enjoyable to beat up enemies since Bonk has a variety of ways to dispatch them with his head. Along the way, there are also a variety of objects to pick up. There are these plants that spit out power-ups and health to lighten things up. There are also "bonus rounds" that you can find to get more points, and eventually some extra lives. After every few levels, you'll travel down into caves in order to defeat brainwashed dinosaurs.

The graphics in this title get the job done. Bonk's Adventure includes a cartoony presentation, and it surely suited my tasted. When Bonk gets a power-up (Usually a piece of spicy meat), smoke rises from his head and he hops up into the air like he's insane. Enemies get googly eyed when you defeat them, and the boss characters are a bit humurous. The only flaw with the graphics is the strange orange tint going on with Bonk's sprites and a few backgrounds.

The only real flaw in the game are the sometimes clunky controls. Bonk feels a little "heavy" to control, and he's awfully slow compared to the game's speedy enemy characters. This makes Bonk alot more vulnerable around enemies, and cranks up the alrighty high challenge factor. But then again, there are plenty of pick-ups and extra lives along the way to balance out difficulty.

7/10

David77

#13

David77 said:

This game is fun, I love the look and the setting, but the character is way too slow

Ferret75

#14

Ferret75 said:

I like the sequal better.
This one's pretty fun, but it gets kind of repetitive.

Also, Bonk moves way too slow. x.x

Viral

#15

Viral said:

Bonk is challenging for me...I only seem to get past boss 2 before I'm cashing in for the night.

JustanotherGamer

#16

JustanotherGamer said:

Bonk Adventure was a way too easy game. He never did make a great mascot as was hoped. This game just does hold up in the same was as other mascot games. Sonic and of course Mario. Bonk is not. But is worth a look for the sake of gaming history.

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