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Old 10-22-2005, 03:33 AM   #833
Joe Redifer
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PC Genjin / Bonk's Adventure

Bonk really needs a giant afro.

Hudson has remade a ton of their classic games from the ground up this generation, and PC Genjin (the Japanese version of the very first Bonk's Adventure) is no exception. If you don't know who Bonk is, then you probably weren't too familiar with the NEC TurboGrafx-16 (aka PC Engine) game system of the early 90's. You suck. If you are familiar with Bonk, well whoop de doo! Look at you! You think you're special but you're not. Face it, you can't win.

Collect all of the psycho happy faces!

Graphics: 7/10
The graphics have been completely redone. The backgrounds now have multiple layers of scrolling and the 3D effect looks really cool, like a diorama or something. In addition all of the backgrounds have a bump texture that makes everything look like texturized drywall or some crazy shiz like that. They even have the moon which is on the wrong side of the background (it scrolls in front of of the mountains and clouds) just like he TG-16 version. The characters are all polygons now, and they look pretty bad. Bonk himself looks really goofy. After his first piece of meat he transforms into some sort of weird half-ape who looks like Reggie from Nintendo. All the world hates half-apes. The bosses are nowhere near as big or as cool as the TurboGrax-16 version. There are lots of text effects like a giant "AAAIIEEEE!!!" the glows and scales when you transform into your full-blown Neanderthal state. Also when you walk, the words "Pop pop pop" float up from the ground for absolutely no reason whatsoever. I love it!

Hit the dino on his head to open his mouth, crawl in
and swim through his intestines and out his ass (true)!

Sound: 7/10
The music has been slightly redone, but it doesn't quite have the same zeal as the TurboGrafx-16 chiptunes. It is pretty good music nonetheless and it's fun to listen to Bonk arranged. Some of the sound effects are really cool, especially Bonk's reverberant scream when he transforms in any manner. But mostly there really isn't too much to talk about when it comes to sound, it doesn't blow you away and it certainly doesn't disappoint.

The level 1 boss sure looks lame compared to the
original PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 version of the game.

Gameplay: 6/10
In Bonk's Adventure, you use your head as your only weapon. You jump and then bonk things with your head!! Get it?? BONK's Adventure??? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Woo! The main style of play is pretty fun, and they have added a quest to get all of the fruit icons in any given level that was not present in the original version. This adds next to nothing to the gameplay. Nothing good, anyway. Unfortunately, the controls are a bit messed up. The CIRCLE button jumps and the X attacks. Controlling the game is very similar to playing a Gameboy Advance game on the Nintendo DS... it doesn't feel natural and it's definitely not comfortable. If there is a way to change the controls, I certainly can't figure it out. You can't get into the same rhythms when you fight your enemies that you could with the original game. A good example is the first boss. In the original version, you could just keep bouncing off of his giant head, press attack and land on his head again, damaging him, repeating the process until he dies and having assloads of fun while doing it. In this new version you can only bounce a few times and the boss does a ton more damage and it nowhere near as fun. All and all not a horrible game, but not fantastic either. I give it about a 6 I think. What do you think?

The dancing cactuses are no longer as crazy nor as animated as
they used to be, and are also much harder to avoid.

Wrap up:
It's Bonk's Adventure! This is also available for the Gamecube Nintendo and that version likely supports 480p wheras this version does not. Good price good choice (as it says on the box).
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