Bonk (universe)

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The Bonk logo as it appears on the first American release.

The Bonk series is a collection of video games and manga developed primarily by Red Company and Atlus and published by Hudson Soft. The series is based on the hero Bonk, a young cave man who uses his hard round head to bash his enemies. There is also a futuristic hero named Zonk who appears in a couple games. The original Japanese name of the series is "PC-Genjin" which is a play on words as the game was first developed on the PC-Engine and Genjin is the Japanese word for cave men. In Europe, the games were titled, "B.C. Kid."

The series has four main games featuring Bonk and two main games featuring Zonk, then some mashed-up ports and several related games. The last core Bonk game was released in 1994, and every subsequent game was either a port or low-quality phone game. The franchise now belongs to Konami who acquired Hudson Soft in 2012.


I first played a Bonk game in the early 1990s when I was at the house of my brother's friend who owned a TurboGrafx-16. I only played it once for a short while and didn't play anything else in the series until the late-1990s when NES emulation became popular, and I played the NES port of Bonk's Adventure, though I didn't put much effort into the game. In 2015, while trying to flesh out my familiarity with the Game Boy, I played and beat the Game Boy port. In 2017, to better familiarize myself with the TurboGrafx-16, I went back and played and beat the original Bonk's Adventure. I didn't find any of these titles to be all that interesting, and, when I tried playing Bonk's Revenge, I found it to be more of the same, so I didn't play it much.


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