To be honest, at first I didn't expect much from this game. Usually I stay away from games in which you play as a troll. However, Bonkheads is one the games that I'm starting to get addicted to. The game is very entertaining, the level design is unique and the gameplay is oddly familiar...Ah yes! It has the same controls as in The Mario Bros. Arcade classic
! However, there are differences between the two games. For starters, Bonkheads has a larger variety of levels(144 total to be exact), divided into 12 sectors(or zones). As you progress in the game, you will treated to different kind of terrain
, like a cave or an underwater level. The variety of enemies in Bonkheads is also larger. From bulldogs to racoons to spiders and other enemies that I won't spoil for you. Killing the enemies in the game is like in SMB: you jump at the platform underneath
the enemies in order to ,,stun" them and then quickly kick them off-screen before they get up and travel even faster than before. There are a few hidden items for you to find, but you would have to bump your head at the platforms in order to get them. It's like in Super Mario Bros.
where you have to bump your head into bricks and question mark boxes in order to find certain power-ups. Most items in Bonkheads are pretty much useless, most of them that I have found simply just give you points. There are even power-ups in the game, but you're better off without them. At the end of each zone, you are greeted to a boss fight. Fighting each boss
is like fighting the regular enemies, however the bosses take more damage. After completing the fight, you have the option to save your game, which is a necessity knowing you have to play through 144 levels. Playing alone will certainly get boring later in the game, that's why 1 A.M. Entertainment came up with the bright idea to have a 2 Player Co-Op mode. Playing coin-op
is much more fun set on Medium or Hard difficulty level. I found the Easy mode too boring, so I haven't bothered with it.All in all, even though this games will get tiring later in the game due to lack of gameplay variety, Bonkheads is worth playing if you're in the mood to play along with a friend.