From NEC Retro
|System(s): PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16, Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U)
|Publisher: Hudson Soft NEC Technologies Konami
|Developer: Hudson Soft, Red, Atlus
|Number of players: 1
Bonk's Adventure, known as PC Genjin (PC原人) in Japan, is a platform action game developed by Red and Atlus for the PC Engine and TurboGrafx-16, and the first game in the Bonk series. Much like titles such as Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. and Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog, Bonk's Adventure would become a flagship title of NEC's console, with the titular character becoming a de facto mascot for it.
- 1 Story
- 2 Gameplay
- 3 History
- 4 Versions
- 5 Production credits
- 6 Digital manuals
- 7 Magazine articles
- 8 Physical scans
- 9 Technical information
- 10 External links
- 11 References
The game takes place during a fictional prehistoric period (stated to be 10,000 B.C. in the North American manual). The evil King Drool has kidnapped the beautiful Princess Za and her subjects. It is up to Bonk, a small caveman with a large head, to rescue Princess Za using only his invincible head to defeat enemies.
Bonk's Adventure is a platform game in which the titular character, Bonk, progresses through each level using his forehead as his sole means of attacking enemies. The D-Pad is used to move left and right and to enter elevators and hidden doors,makes Bonk jump, and will make Bonk swing his head forward to attack. When pressing in mid-air, Bonk will aim his head downward for a dive-bombing attack, and pressing again will flip him back up. By repeatedly pressing in mid-air it is possible to make Bonk perform a Spin Jump to "hover" in the air for a long period of time to cover greater horizontal distances. After an enemy is defeated, Bonk can continue to juggle the enemy with his head for bonus points and items. Walls can be climbed by jumping towards them and repeatedly pressing .
Bonk can increase his power by collecting pieces of meat, which in turn also changes his appearance. He starts off at the first power level in which he has his basic abilities. At the second power level, Bonk's headbutt power is doubled and he gains the ability to stun enemies by pounding the ground with his head, and at the third power level, his headbutt power is tripled while also gaining temporary invincibility and can defeat enemies by pounding the ground. The effects of meat will gradually decay to weaker levels over time or when Bonk takes damage. Collecting further pieces of meat when Bonk is at his maximum power will reset the timer on his powered-up state.
Bonk has a health gauge represented by hearts in the top-left corner of the screen, with each heart being worth 5 hit points for a total of 15 HP. Lost health can be replenished by collecting items such as fruit and vegetables. When Bonk runs out of health, he can be revived on the spot by pressingafter he falls unconscious, providing the player has extra lives remaining. If no lives are left, the game is over, however the player may continue an unlimited number of times by selecting "CONTINUE" on the title screen. Extra lives can be found as items or by scoring points, with the first life awarded at 10,000 points, the second awarded at 20,000 points, and subsequent lives awarded every 20,000 points.
|Increases Bonk's power level by one.
|Increases Bonk's power level by two.
|Refills Bonk's health by one fifth of a heart and awards various quantities of bonus points depending on the type of vegetable.
|Refills Bonk's health by two fifths of a heart and awards various quantities of bonus points depending on the type of fruit.
|Refills Bonk's health by a full heart.
|Refills Bonk's health by three full hearts.
|Permanently increases Bonk's maximum health by one heart. There are only two of these items in the game.
|Found in the air and dropped by defeated enemies. Collected Smiley Faces are tallied for health and points after defeating a boss, with a congratulatory message based on how many were collected.
|Awards an extra life.
Special flowers known as Flora Springers can be jumped on for items or additional effects, however some of them may be Venus Bonktraps in disguise that will attack Bonk when stepped on.
|Can be used as a springboard to reach high places. Also known as a Floret Sprung.
|Releases vegetables, fruit or hearts when jumped on.
|Releases meat when jumped on.
|Releases a Crystal Heart when jumped on.
|The first round of the game sees Bonk travelling across basic prehistoric plains filled with volcanoes, introducing the player to the various items and mechanics in the game. The third level of the round requires Bonk to enter the mouth of a giant dinosaur and travel through its stomach while avoiding villi to reach the boss elevator.
The boss of this round is Huey.
|This round has the most levels of any round in the game, featuring a variety of biomes such as deserts filled with cacti and quicksand, waterfalls that Bonk can climb by repeatedly pressing , caves with harmful green pools, and a jungle with swinging vines and trees that Bonk can climb, eventually leading to the treetops.
The boss of this round is Gladdis.
|The first level of this round has many holes for Bonk to enter that lead to bonus rounds and rooms full of food. 3-2 consists of a collapsing bone bridge, and if Bonk makes it across the bridge without falling, he can skip ahead to 3-5. The later levels of the round are ice-themed, and feature obstacles such as sliding ice blocks.
The boss of this round is Kongo Zilla.
|This is the shortest round in the game, consisting of only one level with a flashing red sky and long stretches of quicksand teeming with cacti and walking trees.
The boss of this round is Punchy Pedro.
|The final round of the game sees Bonk finally reaching King Drool's castle, and features the longest levels of the game. Near the end of the castle, Bonk must refight all of the bosses from previous rounds, then fight T. Ractorhead in order to free a brainwashed Princess Za. Afterwards, Bonk must fight King Drool himself on the surface of the moon.
Four types of bonus rounds can be found by entering hidden doors throughout the game for bonus points.
|The player has 10 seconds to climb to the top of a cliff wall, which requires repeatedly pressing Turbo Pad is highly recommended.. Using the turbo switch for on a
|The player must jump down and perform as many spins in the air as possible by repeatedly pressing. Bonk must land on his feet upon reaching the ground, otherwise the player's score will be disqualified. Using the turbo switch for on a Turbo Pad is highly recommended.
|The player must use Floret Sprungs to jump across pits and collect as many fruit and vegetables as possible for bonus points.
|Head-butting the Volcano Rocks
|The player must headbutt as many of the rocks thrown from the volcano as they can for bonus points.
Bonk was originally created by Kobuta Aoki for use in comic strips featured in Gekkan PC Engine to promote the PC Engine. He was named "PC Genjin" in Japan as a pun on the system's name, with "Genjin" roughly translating to "caveman" and "PC" standing for Pithecanthropus Computerus, a pun on Pithecanthropus erectus.
The character became very popular to the point that Hudson Soft would collaborate with Red to develop a game based on the character. The comic strips' popularity had even led to the confusion that they were promoting Bonk as an upcoming game character before his game had even entered development.
Following its success, Bonk's Adventure would see a number of sequels, two of which were released for NEC systems - those two sequels being Bonk's Revenge and Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure - as well as a futuristic shoot-'em-up spinoff series in the form of Air Zonk and its sequel Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly-Paradise. In addition to ports to other systems, Bonk would branch out further with sequels released on non-NEC systems, such as Super Bonk for the Super NES in 1994.
In 2003, Bonk's Adventure received a 3D remake for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube as part of Hudson Soft's Hudson Selection series of games exclusively for the Japanese market. A reboot of the franchise, titled Bonk: Brink of Extinction, was developed for release on digital platforms, however all development had halted with the closure of Hudson Soft.
The original PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 version of Bonk's Adventure would see release as one of the first TurboGrafx-16 titles on the Wii Virtual Console in 2006 and would become the most downloaded game at the time of release. The game was also one of five titles used to demonstrate the Virtual Console at E3 2006. Konami would later re-release the game on the Wii U Virtual Console, as well as including the PC Engine version of the game (in Japanese only) on all regional variants of the PC Engine mini.
Though initially created for the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16, Bonk's Adventure would see ports to other systems, particularly the Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom, Game Boy and Amiga computers. While North American releases of the NES and Game Boy versions retained the TurboGrafx-16 version's title, the Japanese releases would be renamed to suit the system, with the Famicom version renamed to FC Genjin (the "FC" standing for Freakthoropus Computerus) and the Game Boy version renamed to GB Genjin.
The Amiga version of the game was published by Ubisoft and developed by Factor 5, and was given the more generic title of BC Kid. Factor 5 later released the Amiga version for free through their website.
- Main article: Bonk's Adventure/Comparisons.
- : あべべ こんぶ, ぱんよめ, りせっと りゅう, いんない ちゃん, どくたー あらい, つるもく, まっこ, ほっと らいす
- : ごまちゃん, いまいちゃん, くまさん, まっちゃん, えちおぴ, どくさん, くぼちん, とにー よこやま, ひろりん, ぶー うえだ, ひろいさん, あだちさん, ばこばこ, ゆざわや, すずきさん, かどちゃん, あおやまさん, うえやまさん, えんどうさん, じょっかーのみなさん, れっどのみなさん, せんでんのひと, はんばいのひと, そのほか いっぱい
- Main article: Bonk's Adventure/Magazine articles.
PC Engine version
|NEC Retro Average
|PC Engine, JP
ROM dump status
|Wii U Virtual Console (JP)
|Wii U Virtual Console (US/EU)
- EGM US 009.pdf, page 20
- https://www.nintendo.fr/Jeux/TurboGrafx/Bonk-s-Adventure--276467.html (archive.today)
- https://www.nintendo.co.jp/titles/20010000004605 (Wayback Machine: 2016-04-02 13:06)
- https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/bonks-adventure-wii-u (Wayback Machine: 2018-10-14 01:01)
- https://www.nintendo.de/Spiele/TurboGrafx/BONK-III-Bonk-s-Big-Adventure-276489.html (archive.today)
- https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/TurboGrafx/Bonk-s-Adventure--276467.html (archive.today)
- Bonk's Adventure TG16 US Manual.pdf, page 3
- https://www.hudsonentertainment.com/features/detail/The-definitive-Bonk (Wayback Machine: 2010-12-01 04:46)
- http://www.joystiq.com/2006/12/06/turbografx-the-most-downloaded-virtual-console-games/ (Wayback Machine: 2006-12-19 23:26)
- CVG UK 100.pdf, page 100
- CVG UK 137.pdf, page 26
|Bonk games for NEC systems
|Bonk's Adventure (1990) | Bonk's Revenge (1991) | Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure (1993) | RPC Genjin (unreleased)
Air Zonk (1992) | Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly-Paradise (1993)