Why I Love: Getting swallowed whole in games

GR: Bonk’s Adventure for the long lost TurboGrafx-16 system has it all. Googly-eyed flowers you can hit in the face with your face. Haunches of meat that give you powers, provided you’re a caveman baby. Dreamy dinosaur boxers. For a game that can be finished in half an hour, it’s impressively dense with bizarre sights and challenges. Nothing in Bonk is quite so satisfying as its opening world, though, which culminates in one of my absolute favorite level types. Before Bonk fights his very first boss, he has to travel through the body of a giant dinosaur. Not just over the body – through it. And like all inner space levels, there’s something equally magical, grotesque, and grounding about the trip.

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DragonbornZ1195d ago

That title tho ‎( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

no_more_heroes1194d ago just pulls you in, doesn't it? ;)

TeamLeaptrade1194d ago

I remember a game that did a level like this, I can't remember what game it was, it wasn't this game though. But yeah, it is a pretty cool level idea. I would welcome fun levels like this in future games.

AndrewLB1194d ago (Edited 1194d ago )

TurboGrafx-16 and the CD-Rom add-on (first console to use optical media) was so ahead of it's time. It also had the first video cut-scenes, real musical soundtracks, and voice acting. It's truly a shame that NEC had no concept of marketing in western countries which doomed the platform. The Turbografx-CD system was what spurred Nintendo to partner with Sony to create the prototype Famicom CD system which never happened.


Compared to SNES and Genesis, this system was in a league of it's own. Example: What console at the time could do stuff like this...

or had music anywhere even remotely close to this incredible track...

Most games today don't have badass music like this! and it was 1990!!

stalepie1193d ago

It always disappointed me that there was never a port of Ys Books 1 & 2 to the Sega CD (as well as Dracula X and some others). Those would have been good times. We did get Lords of Thunder, though, with an alternate soundtrack recording, and a version of Dungeon Explorer.