When I first loaded up Bonanza Bros I thought someone was playing a prank on me. As in, they’d stripped out the Motorola 68000 CPU from my Mega Drive, leaving it with the Master System’s Zilog processor and somehow boxed the game in a 16-
This is a direct port of the arcade game with the premise being two brothers who have to loot increasingly larger properties in order to “test” these security systems. The game’s levels are 3-
Doors can be opened to splat enemies, rakes can lie in wait waiting to be trodden on but remember, they can do the same to you.
The sound effects are dire, although the music is quite jolly. The collision detection at times is abysmal. Riot police are possibly the most annoying enemy, you can be past their shield, firing away, and nothing hits them. The pithy jump of your character can also be annoying, especially when failing to clear the aforementioned rake. One player mode is okay, nothing more, but it’s the co-
Tackling the game with your mate is immense fun. One of you can distract the guards whilst the other gives them a “kersplat!”. You can also nab each other’s loot when the other drops it. The basic graphics help the game run smoothly and I hardly noticed any blur. The later levels like the Casino and Treasury look rather pretty.
Maybe it wasn’t a prank after all.