Bonkies (Nintendo Switch) Review

By James Grech 03.02.2021

Review for Bonkies on Nintendo Switch

"Apes… Together… Strong!" That's the mantra players will need going into this light-hearted, though difficult puzzler/party game. Playing Bonkies alone isn't a fun time, where even the earliest of the solo missions are tedious and frustrating. However, when playing in couch co-op with a bunch of buddies, this brings enough laughs, challenge, and charm, to be a great addition to any party game rotation.

Developed by Studio Gauntlet, and published by Crunching Koalas, Bonkies sees players working together as astronauts; jetpack wearing, giant metal arm wielding, cute and cuddly monkey astronauts. The mission of these space chimps is to travel from planet to planet, working together to build structures within a specific outline, within the allotted time limit.

Things get chaotic quickly, as the chimps battle against weighted physics, breakable block pieces, and maybe even each other. It's not as simple as it looks to get these space junk cairns to stay still. One wrong magnet pull, or misjudged jetpack boost is all it takes to trigger a Jenga-like collapse that will have the whole couch groaning with that "we were so close" kind of frustration. With quick load times and minimal fat between levels, jumping back into the challenge is swift, and working together, while learning from mistakes, will soon have the couch going bananas with every victory.

Screenshot for Bonkies on Nintendo Switch

The team over at Studio Gauntlet did a great job with the tone they built in Bonkies. The space themes are charming in their simplicity, the character art is wholesome, and the puns are excellent. As heavily cared about as this world is, the developer never forgets the main pull of the game, putting emphasis on the gameplay and couch co-op experience above all else. As players progress, the levels grow in scale and difficulty, adding unique cube types and crazy tower templates to keep things fresh.

Unfortunately, the attention to creating a great couch co-op experience has left Bonkies with an underwhelming single player mode. The gameplay in the solo campaign just isn't great without friends. The levels are frustrating, and quickly outstay their welcome. In the co-op mode, one false move can have the couch erupting in laughter and groans whilst making the same mistake in single player just leaves a defeated taste in your mouth. It's difficult to want to play "one more round" in single player. There currently isn't any online multiplayer, so those who don't have people to sit and play with at home can find better single player puzzlers.

Screenshot for Bonkies on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

For a game as adorable and as silly as Bonkies, it can be quite challenging. Younger players may have a bit of a learning curve before they can enjoy it, and the single player is not worth anyone's time. Nevertheless, for players who love playing chaotic, funny and difficult teamwork titles (think Overcooked and Moving Out), Bonkies is the space chimp party game that will leave players smiling or shouting, having a good time either way.

Developer

Studio Gauntlet

Publisher

Crunching Koalas

Genre

Party

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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