The saddest thing about this game is that it has to be one of the hardest Genesis games to find! Only years after I had packed my Genesis away did I come across Bonanza Brothers in a bargain bin. Fortunately, the hunt is well worthwhile as the game is a riot to play and requires some smart thinking and quick timing to finish with your yellow-headed robot in-tact.
The concept goes something like this. You and your brother are hired thieves, out to steal priceless and valuable artifacts for the highest bidder. The deal is the easy part; stealing the items takes a bit more cunning know how and turns out to be quite a good deal of fun. After making a flashy entrance (usually by smashing into the side of the building), the brothers must sneak around these multi-leveled banks and museums, find the various required items, and then escape.
What's so hard about that, you ask? The guards, cameras, robots, and guard dogs all have their set paths and will give chase if you're spotted, alerting other guards as you try to escape them. Unlike practically every other game, however, is the fact that you can never kill the guards. You can stun them for a few minutes but your best alternative is to sneak past them when they're backs are to you and to hide in crevaces and behind objects as they pass.
Sounds a lot like Konami's Metal Gear Solid, eh? It is odd that this old Sega arcade conversion would be this similar in concept to one of 1998's biggest hits. Regardless, they both take an entirely different slant on the "stealth" gameplay. Graphically, Bonanza Bros. features a flat shaded 3D polygon look, the likes of most early 3D games. The graphics do lose a bit of their highlight and polygon look on the Genesis, but this is a great conversion, nonetheless. The characters have plenty of personality and animation, the sounds are hilarious and bouncy, and running from the guards, frantically searching for a place to hide hits a level of fun that is completely different from most games.
If you can find a copy of the game, by all means, check it out. It's hilarious, unique, and still holds up after all the years!
Graphics: Flat shaded polygons on the Genesis!? They do lose some of their luster in the conversion, but it's still a fun and unique look
Sound: Funny voices for the characters but the music and effects are otherwise pretty shallow
Enjoyment: By yourself or with a friend (split screen mode) this game is great fun!
Replay Value: It's loads of fun it won't last for more than a week until you've discovered everything
You are one of the Bonanza Brothers and your job is to steal from the corrupt people in the city.. You have to enter a variety of institutions ranging from a casino to a pyramid and steal everything of value :) fun. Its not just the objective that sets this game apart either, in this game you spend 90% of your time attempting to fool the computer AI (the security guards) so you can sneak past un-noticed or by stunning the guards by shooting them with your rather attractive stun gun. You can accomplish this in many ways, from hiding round corners, to sneaking past when they are asleep to pretending to be a robot, just make sure you get that loot ;). The graphics in this game are very well done, everyone is made up out of shapes, and no one has legs or necks giving the game a distinct style. The music is also well done and the sound fits the game well, although usually just consist of cartoon type sounds. Where this game really shines is in the two-player mode :) so make sure to get a friend round or play on the interweb using gens to get the most out of it :). If I have one complaint about this game, it's the size. Its quite easy to complete once you know what your doing and there are only about 6 or 7 levels. Still worth every byte though.
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