After NEC pulled out of the console race in late 1993, Hudson Soft took their beloved caveman mascot Bonk to the NES. It was too little, too late. Bonk’s Adventure‘s 1994 release date ensured that only those clinging desperately to their NES would play it. And even if they did, this port of the 1989 TurboGrafx game just can’t compete with its 16-bit counterpart.
In Bonk’s Adventure, the goal is to bonk enemies with your large caveman noggin and collect yellow smiley faces. You smash flowers to get bits of life or large chunks of meat that turn you temporarily insane/invincible. The levels are colorful and adhere to Bonk’s prehistoric ethos, but there are no secrets to be found or hidden paths to uncover – straight bonkin’ all the way.
Thanks to cartridge space limitations, Hudson Soft omitted levels and enemies, significantly reducing the difficulty. Because of this, you’ll be able to play through Bonk’s Adventure in less than an hour without much trouble.
The Bonk series thrives on the charm of its main character rather than the depth of its platforming. Still, even with that in mind, Bonk’s Adventure‘s sparse levels, easy difficulty, and poor timing failed to establish this great character outside of his original home.
PUBLISHER: Hudson Soft DEVELOPER: AI GENRE: Platformer
RELEASE DATE: 07/30/93 – (JP), 01/1994 – (US)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: Amiga, ARC, GB, TG-16