Thursday, September 3, 2009

Bonk: Brink of Extinction Announced

Hudson, the developer of the classic TurboGrafx-16 Bonk games have recently announced how they're releasing a new Bonk game with the subtitle "Brink of Extinction" for Xbox Live Arcade, WiiWare, and the Playstation Network. Since I never owned a TurboGrafx, the first Bonk game I played was Super Bonk on the SNES. It was a pretty awesome game, where you could transform into various different types of Bonk, and then also become large or small. You could go into the mouth of a Dinosaur, and mess up all of his internal organs. The game was pretty crazy.

Hudson had this to say about the new game:
About Bonk:
It is the start of a new age and Bonk has returned at the turn of the tide as the world faces extinction. Our loveable caveman is back and has brought his huge head with him. A doomsday comet, surrounded by smaller chunks of debris, is on a collision course with Earth. A strange magnetic field around the comet seems to be driving most of the planet’s weak-willed creatures crazy, and smaller bits of debris are smashing into the jungle near Bonk's home. Bonk must undertake a perilous journey that will take him to the very center of the planet to save the world.

The Return Of The Most Widely Requested Classic Platformer
Story Mode with Co-Op play. Play alone or have a friend join you any time.
An entire new adventure with Bonk as he swims, bites, climbs, jumps, runs, and head-butts his way through jungles, deserts and volcanic caverns
Search for help along the way: power ups, check points, and extra health are the staple for every adventuring caveman.
Transformations are back and weirder than ever! Now Bonk can transform himself into eight different forms by eating meat or encountering Primordial Ooze. No enemy is safe from the boy with the super noggin!
Multiple other modes and adventures are available as add on packs

New Features:
Online play for the first time in the series.
New enemies with wide variations in personality/abilities. Beware the Raptor Unicycle Tank!
Next generation gameplay meets retro brand: Classic 2D platforming in a 3D world.
Collectibles will have you searching the entire prehistoric world
Download Content to keep the experience going

They also released some screenshots, which you can see at the bottom of this post.

This looks pretty much like everything you'd want out of a new Bonk game. Crazy new enemies, more costume power ups for Bonk, the good ol' 2D side-scrolling headbutt action, and co-op play both online and offline. I think Hudson is definitely taking the game in a good direction, and it's nice to see this classic franchise revived. They haven't released an official date yet, but they've said the game will be coming out in early 2010. So, until then, just check out the images below, and visit Bonk at his Myspace page, where you can find him coercing all the fine ladies.

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