Howdy peeps and welcome to Day #16 of Month of Nostalgic Video Game Reviews 2! This is a blog series where I review video games from my childhood. Today?s game is one I came across randomly while on an aeroplane but never forgot, and the name of the game in question is Super Bonk!
Super Bonk was a platforming game released in 1994 for the Super Nintendo and it is the fourth game in the series of Bonk games.
I?m not quite sure if this game has a story of any kind, I mean Bonk just appears in the game, smiles and goes about his business. He moves from place to place and there?s nothing indicating that there?s anything major going on in the plot department, and for a platforming game that?s standard fare.
As for gameplay you take control Bonk and move through levels collecting smiley faces, butterflies and candy while avoiding hazards and enemies or you can choose to attack enemies if you?re feeling hardcore. Bonk can jump, attack with his head, climb walls, ascend waterfalls and swing off of poles. Bonk comes in three sizes; Little Bonk, Normal Bonk and BIG Bonk. Not only does his size vary but the transformations he takes on are numerous too. Giant crabs and huge ostriches are just two of them. The forms Bonk takes on give the game more variety. The stages give Bonk the chance to swim in giant heart arteries, float in lunar pyramids and fly through the solar system.
Wow Super Bonk, such a weird-ass game! As I mentioned before I first game across this game while on a plane, I was actually going on holiday to Dominica and this game was one of the ones on offer. Both me and my sister played it and I can remember that the both of us were happy and stunned but what we played. There we were playing as this bold-headed cave boy who hit enemies with his head, collected candy that changed his size and ate meat that gave him crazy power-ups that changed his look completely. It was some funky stuff. I think what we were really taken back by was the massive meat power-up that turned his head into a heart-looking shape and if you were in big form you got a reptile bottom half and it looked so unnatural. The graphics were nice and colourful and very in line with some other games I?ve seen on the SNES at the time and the music has that classic 90s quality to it, some it sounds very cheesy and upbeat but it works for the game and some it I still remember from the time I was young.
After revisiting the game recently I?ve noticed that Super Bonk really does fall into the category of easier platforming games like the Kirby series. That?s not to diss Kirby or to say this game?s not tricky. There?s definitely fun and variety to be found here.
So in conclusion Super Bonk was and still is a strange game. As a platformer it?s not too bad but its visual style and power-ups are some of the most bizarre and creepy things I have ever seen. But I think that?s what makes it so funny and memorable. Give this one a try if you wish to see a weirder side of gaming from the 90s haha.
Well there?s another game review done only 14 more to go! If you have experiences with this game or any of the following ones do comment below! I?ll see ya tomorrow with another nostalgic video game review yo!