The Bonanza Bros., Mike and Spike, are two of the most famous investigators around. One day, they received a strange phone call. “I can’t give you my name. I’ll just tell you that I’m a businessman with a problem. Many of my properties have been targets for robbery recently.
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Release Date: Sep 13, 2010

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The Bonanza Bros., Mike and Spike, are two of the most famous investigators around. One day, they received a strange phone call.
“I can’t give you my name. I’ll just tell you that I’m a businessman with a problem. Many of my properties have been targets for robbery recently. I don’t know why they’ve been hit, but it’s become quite a costly situation. I need the two of you, the renowned Bonanza Brothers, to test my security forces. I have already had various items — money, papers and the like — placed randomly in ten of my establishments. Your job is to retrieve every single item. If you succeed, the reward will make Fort Knox look like pocket change. Good luck...”

System Requirements

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    • OS: Windows® XP or higher
    • Graphics: 32MB or greater graphics card
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 50MB free disc space
    System specs for classic launcher.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® XP or higher
    • Graphics/CPU: NVidia GeForce GTX 280 or ATI Radeon HD 6630 or equivalent DirectX® 9c or higher 1GB VRam / Intel i3-2100 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or equivalent dual core CPU
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9c or greater
    • Hard Drive: 50MB free disc space
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Posted: September 22, 2011
An emotional rollercoaster of a game about two brothers being forced to steal from the rich to pay for their overdue rent.
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Posted: October 24
Bonanza Bros is a 2 player sidescrolling action game originally released in arcades in 1990 by Sega of Japan. And what Sega Genesis got was a port in 1991 on usual-at-that-time 4 Megabit ROM cartridge, a bit cut here and there, but still keeping 2 player mode. Though, I heard that this conversion ITL. Or maybe Sega of Japan was involved as well. Who knows. Not me.
It also came out for SMS and PC Engine CD thing. I think. And computers. And Ages 2500 rerelease on PS2.

The game that you have here is nothing more than emulation of Sega Genesis version. Well, European-Japan one, but it's english and 60hz, no worries.


Now, for usual technical part about Sega's emulation here:
The Sega Classic games that you purchase on Steam count as DLCs for "Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Classics" game that should appear in your library.
By default it runs 3D bedroom Hub. Since emulator itself is based on 2006 one made in Java and 3D Hub is made in Unity, both famous for having not-good optimization, the performance in this hub varies from one PC to another. Sound lags as well.
It's recommended to run Simple Launcher, which can be done by Right Mouse Clicking the Sega Classic title in Steam library and selecting it. It still isn't perfectly accurate emulation, but it's acceptable. Sadly, it doesn't have user-friendly access to mods.
However, Simple Launcher has it's fair share of glitches as well. It can crash. And it does the second time you go to main menu, so always quit after saving there so it doesn't crash when you want to save next time! Also, yes, emulator supports quick saves.
As alternative, you can use external emulator to run games that you purchased. Kinda like when people use ZDoom source port to run Doom on Steam. Sega kindly placed in all games that you purchased in "uncompressed ROMs" folder that program itself doesn't use, the file for this one being "BONANZAB_JE.68K". Yep, it's the version shared between Europe and Japan, not American version, which had plot in intro somewhat changed. But nothing important outside of few lines of words, no worries.
I also demand you to read digital manual of this game first. Go to "manuals" folder of game root and open "BB_PC_MG_EFIGS_US_150ppi.pdf".

While the game has multiplayer mode for two players, the emulator doesn't have any online function for that, so it's local only.


The plot follows Robo and Mobo, the Bonanza Bros, no mushrooms involved, are wanted thieves who were hired by mysterious person, maybe, to clean up Badville by taking all the treasure and evidence from crooked joints ran by counterfeiters and cheating casino operators. Good bad guys, yep. The fancy thing is that for American version they changed it both in manual and in-game intro to be just two investigators Mike and Spike being hired by mysterious busynessman to test their security. Imagine if Payday had same thing going.
There is not plot-related ending scenes or anything anyway, just The End shorts fun.

The gameplay has you going through a building, with few floors, stairs, doors, to collect all treasures and then leave through rooftop. Ofcourse it will not be so easy, so there are guards spread all around the building. But it's not just action game. Your bullets only stun guards for a short amount of time, knocking them down. Another thing is that it has slight stealth elements, at least for it's time. Guards aren't immeditly aware of your presence so you can get the first shot on them. They can also alert others as well, at least the ones on the screen. And then sometimes forget you quickly.

But nonono, it's not about stealth. After all you have only 3 minutes to beat the game, unless you want to lose life. And it's not like you can pass through area without being noticed. Instead it's more of action-evasion. Good old cops and criminals. There are actually two planes that you can free change around, use that. Especially with nasty guards with shield, always on one or another side, not allowing your bullets to hit them. Plus you can sometimes use environment to your advantage. And under "use environment to your advantage" smartnessnessness I meant "smash them against wall with door". Which is fun. Always.

This port of Genesis is pretty decend but not the best. It's fairly straightforward port, it didn't bring anything new. Actually, it cut 2 levels out of 12, leaving us only with 10. They also removed bonus stages as well. It still has a two players mode, in this case the screen is horizontally split into two, plus map in the middle. Always reminding you that the second player can join in even when you just play solo. Music is pretty nice and graphics are fine, albeit they aren't clean enough to pull off this simplistic style pleasently.

Yep, there are also options. You got usual sound test and controls. And you got "players" which means how much lives per continue you have. Yea, you always have 4 continues. And then there is Difficulty. What it does is set how fast the 3-minute timer goes. They could just change the timer limit instead of confusing people like that, ha.

However, I wouldn't call this game all that good. It just doesn't involve me and feels dissapointing. Ofcourse it's fairly short game, but that's a given with arcade-style, they make it up with difficulty. Which is a valid way of designing game, shush. However, this one is overly easy as way. Game gives more than enough continues that you can always beat the game easily. But fine, short easy games can be enjoyable as well. It's just that it doesn't try to combine elements into more complex things, one of rules of game design. Or it doesn't try to throw in new different-enough elements. You will be fighting same guards. No, dogs make no difference. Barely much new in later levels. It's just meh.
At least the SMS version had new variation of enemies, much more fit to single-player.

Oh yea, and there is 2 players cooperative game. Both players share same continue count. There is no friendly fire or collision. Unless you smash player with door, but you don't lose life over it. Levels are designed in such way that if two players separate in two ways then they can get all the treasures faster. But then it doesn't feel like much of teamwork is being done. And I don't think there is enough of space or such for two players in same area. No collision, no, players don't block each other, but still. But then I haven't played it in multiplayer, so who knows.

So eh. Not exactly much for solo play. It just feels quite meh. Maybe more fun in two players though.
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