Reviewer James Freeman
Designer David Harvey
When David Harvey lost his finance job in London, he started playing around with wooden games instead. After weeks of tinkering and creative procrastination, BONK was finally born, and received rave responses from the first prototype. The combination of frantic firing, pulse raising atmosphere, and blaming your team mate when it all goes wrong makes BONK a hilarious party game, and strangely reminiscent of Dave's old job.
*EDITORS NOTE - Dave wrote this*
BONK is a fast-rolling ricochet game that's ideally played with four players. Your goal? Roll steel balls down your slide in order to knock the wooden ball in the central arena into your opponents' goal. Players compete in teams of two, with each team trying to protect one goal between them. (If you play individually, you will likely need to alternate between slides as it's difficult to roll balls down both slides at once.)
If you run out of steel balls, then you're at the opponents' mercy until they shoot, which will likely land a steel ball on your side of the board. If you knock the wooden ball into the opponents' goal, you score a point, then the next round begins with the steel balls remaining on the half of the board where they're currently located. The first team to score five points wins!
If you are familiar with KLASK then you know the component quality, it's excellent. I do wish that the ramps you aim with were locked in, but it would make storage an issue and as we kept playing it became part of the game to not only aim but hold the shooter in such a way as to not lift it up. The board is slightly bowed solid piece which is nice and makes for almost no dead spots on the board where the ball can rest.
Although the box says you can play 2 or 4 people but I did not like it with two. This is a four player game for sure. The mechanics and play-style reminded me of boccerball. This game is fast and you can not just fire the balls fast and hope you get it in, you will be rewarded for being a little patient because if you run out of balls to shoot your at the mercy of your opponents or hoping your partner can hold them off unil you can grab another one after the other team shoots.. One team i played against decided to have one person play offense and one play defense and it worked well for them, but everyone plays it a little different. This is a quick family fun game for all ages and i can see this getting a lot of play during the holidays.
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