Think you’ve played every local co-op game on PlayStation 4? Well, have you built structures in low gravity as an ape with a robotic arm? Didn’t think so, but don’t worry — Bonkies is here to fulfil that very specific need. Playable alone or up to four-player co-op, this unusual little game puts you in the boots of a space-faring chimp. No matter how many players, the task is simple: build the required shapes within the time limits.
The adorable presentation makes this suitable for everyone, but the controls are something to get used to.
The four face buttons control the direction of your robo-arm, while you jetpack about with the left stick and use the triggers for boosting and grabbing. It’s not super complex, but using the face buttons for the arm took us a minute. Once you have got the hang of things, this is a pretty simple but entertaining co-op game.
Using your robo-arm, you’ll grab pieces of various shapes and sizes and move them to the silhouette, puzzling them together to fill the outline. Obviously, with more players, things can easily get out of hand, so it’s important to communicate so you’re all on the same page. Heavy objects might need more than one monkey to lift, again requiring coordination with your comrades.
If you beat a level under a certain threshold, you’ll earn a banana, and these go towards unlocking some extra stages and new characters to play.
The game isn’t huge, but these bananas give you a reason to replay levels and improve your times.
Honestly, there isn’t much more to the game than this. You’re just building simple structures and hoping the physics don’t send it tumbling down. However, if you’re looking for a lighthearted, easy-going co-op game, this will scratch that itch.