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NES Action! Bonk’s Adventure

Bonk's Adventure

This time on NES Action we look at Bonk’s Adventure.


This always seemed to be the mascot of the TurboGrafx-16 when I was a kid. I found out much later it had been ported to the NES.
It is a decent platformer, a bald little cave man kid with a thick skull bashing dinosaurs, so what is it all about?

Bonk’s Adventure is a 2D platform video game developed by Atlus and released in 1990 in North America for the TurboGrafx-16. Obviously, the game was later ported to the NES.The basic story is  Bonk is a bald caveboy who has to overcome dinosaurs to rescue a pink dinosaur named Princess Za who was kidnapped by King Drool.

Gameplaywise, you “bonk” enemies with your giant thick-skulled head and progress to the right to get to the end of the stage and every few levels ends with a boss fight. You have 3 hearts worth of damage before you lose a life and jump and bonk your way through the levels. There are powerups like most platformers of this type including meat that makes bonk go into an overdrive mode. The controls for the game are decent, platforming is not made more difficult due to controls, and the levels are fun and interesting.

The graphics and sound are above average for the NES, with the characters and objects nice and big enough to tell what they are. The backgrounds are simple, but do a decent job of giving the feel of the prehistoric world Bonk lives in. The sound is nothing very special but gets the job done. The music is decent enough without being distracting, and the sound effects are appropriate.

Bonk's Adventure

Overall this is a fun platformer with decent controls and enjoyable gameplay that does not take itself too seriously.One stage has you go into a dinosaur’s mouth and play through the digestive tract, ending where you would expect. Definitely worth a play through.



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