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'''''Bonk's Adventure''''' also known as "PC原人, PC Genjin, PC Caveman" in Japan, and "BC Kid" in Europe, is a platform action game originally released on the [[TurboGrafx-16]] in 1989. You play the role of Bonk, a young caveman who uses his comically large head to smash apart enemies. In the story, Za, the Princess of Moonland, and her four subjects have been corrupted by King Drool and banished to the land of Bonk where they are creating havoc. Bonk must free them from King Drool's spell, and then travel to Moonland to defeat King Drool.
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[[Image:Bonk's Adventure - TG16 - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|US TurboGrafx-16 cover.]]
  
''Bonk's Adventure'' was ported to the [[Amiga]], [[Game Boy]], and [[NES]], and then emulated on modern consoles. The Amiga and NES ports are fairly faithful to the original, but the Game Boy port is an amalgam of the original and its sequel [[Bonk's Revenge]].
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'''''Bonk's Adventure''''' also known as '''''PC原人 [PC Genjin], "PC Caveman"''''' in Japan, and '''''BC Kid''''' in Europe, is a platform action game originally released on the [[TurboGrafx-16]] on 1989-12-15. You play the role of Bonk, a young caveman who uses his comically large head to smash apart enemies. In the story, Za, the Princess of Moonland, and her four subjects, have been corrupted by King Drool and banished to the land of Bonk where they are creating havoc. Bonk must free them from King Drool's spell and then travel to Moonland to defeat King Drool.
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''Bonk's Adventure'' was ported to the [[Amiga]], and [[NES]], and then emulated on modern consoles. A [[Bonk's Adventure (Game Boy)|Game Boy port]] was also made, but it is an amalgam of the original and its sequel ''[[Bonk's Revenge]]''.
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I first played ''Bonk's Adventure'' at my brother's rich friend's house in the early 1990s, but I remember very little about playing it other than I did. Shortly after I found out about NES emulation, I found out that it was ported to the NES, but I never made an attempt to beat it. Ages later, when trying to get a better feel for TG16 games, I decided to try and beat the game, and I did on 2017-02-23.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
I've beaten the game on TurboGrafx-16 and Game Boy, and have no desire to play either again.
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I do not own this game, but I've beaten the game on TurboGrafx-16.
  
 
==Review==
 
==Review==
Overall: 4/10 (TG-16), 3/10 (Game Boy)
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* '''Overall:''' 4/10 (TG-16)
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* '''Best Version:''' TurboGrafx-16
  
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
 
* Overall, for each port, the game play is fun and the graphics and animation are enjoyable to look at.
 
* Overall, for each port, the game play is fun and the graphics and animation are enjoyable to look at.
* The animation of Bonk is fantastic and quite hilarious. He has his normal vacant smile which changes to an animal when he climbs walls with his teeth. His bugged-out eyes and foaming mouth show his injuries, his head erupts like a volcano when he eats meat, and he becomes a zombie when fully powered up.
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* The animation of Bonk is fantastic and quite hilarious. He has his normal vacant smile which changes to an animal when he climbs walls with his teeth. When he's injured, his eyes bug-out and he foams at the mouth, when he eats spicy meat, his head erupts like a volcano, and when he reaches full power, he becomes a zombie.
 
* The very large sprite graphics were quite impressive for 1989.
 
* The very large sprite graphics were quite impressive for 1989.
 
* There is enough variation among the monsters and hazards to keep the game fresh through to the end.
 
* There is enough variation among the monsters and hazards to keep the game fresh through to the end.
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* Large portions of the game can be sailed over using the default controller's built-in turbo buttons.
 
* Large portions of the game can be sailed over using the default controller's built-in turbo buttons.
 
* Collecting fruit is pretty pointless as it only gives a few points, and you need a lot to earn a free guy.
 
* Collecting fruit is pretty pointless as it only gives a few points, and you need a lot to earn a free guy.
* You're given unlimited continues, but when you use one, you lose all your additional hearts. So, if you get a game over at the final boss section, you either have to beat the game with fewer hearts, or restart. Kind of annoying.
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* You're given unlimited continues, but when you use one, you lose all your additional hearts. So, if you get a game over at the final boss section, and you can't beat the bosses with only three hearts, you have to restart the game from the beginning. Kind of annoying.
* The Game Boy port is very easy and short. I was able to beat it in a single sitting without ever getting a game over.
 
* The Game Boy bosses, although graphically different, employ similar movement patterns, and therefore can be defeated with the same tactics.
 
* The Game Boy ending sequence is uninspired.
 
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
 
* Nothing really.
 
* Nothing really.
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==Media==
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===Box Art===
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<gallery>
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Bonk's Adventure - TG16 - Japan.jpg|This is the original Japanese PC-Engine cover. It uses an interesting painted newspaper collage and has a childish feel to it. Overall, it is a descent representation of the game. Unfortunately, the layout is marred with obnoxious logos everywhere.
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Bonk's Adventure - TG16 - USA.jpg|The American TG-16 art has nice lettering and action, but Bonk looks like a skinhead thug.
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Bonk's Adventure - AMI - EU.jpg|The European Amiga box uses a cartoon style and depicts Bonk, Drool, and several of the game's enemies. Good lettering too. This is my favorite box.
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Bonk's Adventure - NES - Japan.jpg|The Famicom box is setup to look like a food product, which is clever, but Bonk looks quite childish and the palette is pretty aggressive.
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Bonk's Adventure - NES - USA.jpg|The North American NES box has very impressive art, great lettering, and gets across the setting and game style, but, again Bonk is kind of creepy looking.
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</gallery>
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===Documentation===
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Bonk's Adventure - TG16 - Manual.pdf|TurboGrafx-16 manual.
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Bonk's Adventure - AMI - Manual.pdf|Amiga manual.
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Bonk's Adventure - NES - Manual.pdf|NES manual.
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</gallery>
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===Videos===
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZGC0FSZmRg youtube.com/watch?v=6ZGC0FSZmRg] - TG16 longplay.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWAKyt44c1g youtube.com/watch?v=eWAKyt44c1g] - Amiga longplay.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu7U-74ZfOg youtube.com/watch?v=yu7U-74ZfOg] - NES longplay.
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
 
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/bonks-adventure mobygames.com/game/bonks-adventure] - MobyGames.
 
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/bonks-adventure mobygames.com/game/bonks-adventure] - MobyGames.
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonk%27s_Adventure en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonk%27s_Adventure] - Wikipedia.
  
  
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Latest revision as of 16:02, 2 July 2018

US TurboGrafx-16 cover.

Bonk's Adventure also known as PC原人 [PC Genjin], "PC Caveman" in Japan, and BC Kid in Europe, is a platform action game originally released on the TurboGrafx-16 on 1989-12-15. You play the role of Bonk, a young caveman who uses his comically large head to smash apart enemies. In the story, Za, the Princess of Moonland, and her four subjects, have been corrupted by King Drool and banished to the land of Bonk where they are creating havoc. Bonk must free them from King Drool's spell and then travel to Moonland to defeat King Drool.

Bonk's Adventure was ported to the Amiga, and NES, and then emulated on modern consoles. A Game Boy port was also made, but it is an amalgam of the original and its sequel Bonk's Revenge.

I first played Bonk's Adventure at my brother's rich friend's house in the early 1990s, but I remember very little about playing it other than I did. Shortly after I found out about NES emulation, I found out that it was ported to the NES, but I never made an attempt to beat it. Ages later, when trying to get a better feel for TG16 games, I decided to try and beat the game, and I did on 2017-02-23.

Status

I do not own this game, but I've beaten the game on TurboGrafx-16.

Review

  • Overall: 4/10 (TG-16)
  • Best Version: TurboGrafx-16

Good

  • Overall, for each port, the game play is fun and the graphics and animation are enjoyable to look at.
  • The animation of Bonk is fantastic and quite hilarious. He has his normal vacant smile which changes to an animal when he climbs walls with his teeth. When he's injured, his eyes bug-out and he foams at the mouth, when he eats spicy meat, his head erupts like a volcano, and when he reaches full power, he becomes a zombie.
  • The very large sprite graphics were quite impressive for 1989.
  • There is enough variation among the monsters and hazards to keep the game fresh through to the end.
  • There are a fair amount of hidden sections which keep the game interesting.

Bad

  • The music is pretty dull across all ports.
  • Large portions of the game can be sailed over using the default controller's built-in turbo buttons.
  • Collecting fruit is pretty pointless as it only gives a few points, and you need a lot to earn a free guy.
  • You're given unlimited continues, but when you use one, you lose all your additional hearts. So, if you get a game over at the final boss section, and you can't beat the bosses with only three hearts, you have to restart the game from the beginning. Kind of annoying.

Ugly

  • Nothing really.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Videos

Links