BoneCruncher

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BoneCruncher
Title screen of BoneCruncher
Game No. 412
Developer Andreas Kemnitz
Company
Publisher Superior Software Ltd.
Musician Michael Winterberg
HVSC-File /Winterberg_Michael/Bonecruncher.sid
Release 1987
Platform BBC, C64, Amiga
Genre Arcade, Boulder Dash
Gamemode Single player
Operation {{{Width}}} C64-icon.png
Media Icon disk525.pngTape-icon.png
Language Language:english
Information also: Soapbone


Voting[edit]

Voting of the C64-Wiki users (10=the best vote):
6.33 points at 12 votes (rank 545).
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C64Games 6 27th February 2006 - "good" - 363 downs
Lemon64 6,71 6th October 2006 - 7 votes
ZZap64 56% Issue 2/88

Description[edit]

Bono, a dragon-like creature, lives in a castle in the sea and has specialised on the manufacturing of soap for the huge monsters that bathe in the sea around the castle. To produce a piece of soap, he needs to collect 5 skeletons (by walking over them) and then put them in the kettle (touch the side of the kettle). Skeletons can also be behind gates for which a key is needed. He then needs to carry the soap up the stairs and bring it to one of the 5 waiting bathing monsters. After the sale the gravity changes (always into the direction of the door). Each section of the castle contains 25 skeletons. So Bono an make exactly the 5 soaps for the 5 monsters from them. When all monsters are provided with soap, Bono gets a password and goes to the next of the 22 sections (levels) of the castle.

Collecting the skeletons is, however, aggravated by the castle's awkward inmates, the goblins and spiders. Bono can disable them with three strategies:

  • By jamming them with the help of a Glook, by this they turn into a skeleton. A Glook??, what is that? Well, a Glook is a strange blobby thing that loves soap. When it smells soap, it will happily follow the smell. The direction into which the wind blows the smell is shown on the wind meter at the lower border of the screen and below that is a counter that shows when the wind is going to turn. A single Glook can be pushed around by Bono, several behind each other pose an unsurmountable obstacle. A Glook is only dangerous for Bono while in movement, but it can block paths.
  • With the help of Bono's friend "Fozzy", who unfortunately is only slightly more intelligent than a Glook and runs around a bit confusedly, he can keep away these unpleasant contemporaries from Bono, so he can pass them. Unfortunately, he has only a limited time span. While collecting, Bono always needs to have an eye on his friend Fozzy so that he is not locked in.
  • A third possibility is to lure the opponents into a trap door, but then Bono cannot collect the skeleton any more.

And then there are also those spiders. These awful things are absolutely invulnerable but can lead to instant death. They mostly wander around in the corners of the rooms, walk at the rightmost and eat everything, also the so urgently needed skeletons. But Fozzy is a hard nut to crack, he is immune against them.

Design[edit]


... a short animation from the game ...
... everything is there: Bono, skeletons, goblins, a spider ...



... bathing monster 1 ...
... bathing monster 2 ...



Hints[edit]

Keys[edit]

F1 Password Form for entering the passwords
F3 Restart Game is started anew
F5 Kill Kill Bono in the current level in case you cannot proceed

Controls[edit]

Joystick left, forwards, right and backwards = move Bono into the corresponding direction

In all directions and press fire button = fire button and a short pull of the joystick removes the adjacent "mould field" without moving Bono into that direction

press fire button = start the game

Points[edit]

1 Remove mould from the ground (enter green ground)
10 Collect skeleton
10 Collect key
100 Make soap
1000 Sell soap

Inhabitants and items of the castle[edit]


The main actor Bono
Bono's slightly doltish friend Fozzy
A skeleton, the basic material for soap
A Glook, helpful and hindering
A Goblin, a provider of skeletons
A very nasty spider
Key
Gate
Trap door, also dangerous for Bono
The kettle, skeletons in - soap out
Stairs leading to a bathing monster



Solution[edit]

Cheats[edit]

Passwords[edit]

01 Golemstench 12 SLIMEHOLE
02 Morphicle 13 BLOODSMELL
03 GOLEMKILLER 14 BONEPOWDER
04 SCARAB 15 NIGHTMARE
05 WEB OF DEATH 16 MONSTERBREED
06 MONSTERPARTY 17 THUNDERSTORM
07 CAVE OF DOOM 18 CREEPY CAVE
08 UNDERGROUND 19 LIQUIDATION
09 DEATHCHAMBER 20 MEGAMAZE
10 GOLEMS CAVE 21 STRATAGEM
11 HORNSLUT 22 STRATOSPHERE

Pokes[edit]

With the help of a cartridge or enter into the emulator (not tested):

POKE 14405,173 Unlimited lives
POKE 15954,173 Unlimited keys
POKE 17104,173 Unlimited Fozzies
POKE 15676,173 Unlimited soap
POKE 15722,173
POKE 15768,173
POKE 15817,173

Critics[edit]

Sledgie: "BoneCruncher is my favourite game on the C64. There is a lot of fun mixed with a good portion of wit. If you like Boulder Dash, you will love this game!"

H.T.W: "A really interesting small game that makes you quite brood over it in the later levels. You do not only have to remember the buildup of the labyrinth, but also time the paths of the goblins so exact that they are reworked to skeletons by the Glooks, as you definitely need them to get 5 skeletons for a soap. The graphics is fun and the sound fits, unfortunately, a saveable highscore list is missing."

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • If you leave Bono simply standing around, he will pick his his nose after some time...

Cover

"advertisement flyer"

Highscore[edit]

Topscore of Sledgie
  1. Sledgie - 12.123 - Level 3 (26.02.2006)
  2. Camailleon - 11.058 - Level 3 (28.12.2013)
  3. FXXS - 8.840 - Level 2 (12.10.2013)
  4. Keule - 6.577 - Level 2 (08.01.2017)

#2 Camailleon #3 FXXS
#2 Camailleon #3 FXXS

Links[edit]

WP-W11.png Wikipedia: Bonecruncher


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