Bonkies

Build structures in space—with a bunch of chimpanzees equiped with jetpacks and robotic arms.

When a chimpanzee went into outer space in 1961, well before the first human, no one would have guessed that these intelligent animals would one day play a major role in intergalactic construction projects. However, in “Bonkies” a company called Bonkie Corp. equips apes with rocket packs and oversized robotic arms to do just that.

Together with up to three friends, you slip into the role of the cuddly animals and complete building assignments. In each level, an outline for a structure is provided. With your robot arm, you grab blocks that are lying around and carefully place them at the designated spot. The arm can be stretched in four directions and even stabilised to some extent by holding the respective button.

Only the outer shape is specified, so you have to experiment to find the right solution. The positioning of the robot arm at the side, the bumpy movement in microgravity and the limited space make manoeuvring a real challenge. Without coordination, your construction projects will quickly fail, especially since larger blocks can only be lifted together.

“Bonkies” is a cheerful, cooperative puzzle game for 2–4 players. The game mechanics are interesting, the menus and the level structure seem well thought out—and the monkeys are just adorable!

Why you should play it:

  • The level of difficulty is comfortable: Most levels can be solved in the first attempt, even with two players.
  • Each of the 6 available planets offers a variety of challenges. New characters can be unlocked by beating time limits.
  • With its colorful design and quirky characters, the game is well suited for families.

Last edited: 21.02.2024

Supported Platforms

  • Windows (Steam)
  • PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 (PSN)
  • XBOX Series X/S, XBOX One (Microsoft Store)
  • Nintendo Switch (Nintendo eShop)

This game may be available on other platforms. Please check out the official website for “Bonkies”, if your preferred platform isn’t listed. Your Linux distribution may support this game through Steam Play.

Supported Input Devices

  • Regular Gamepad
  • Single Joy Con (Switch)
  • Keyboard (PC)

Most couch co-op games require one gamepad per player (DualShock 4, DualSense, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller etc.), but sometimes you can share gamepads (PS5, XBOX Series X/S), use a single Joy Con (Switch) or let at least one person utilize a keyboard (PC). Please note: We can’t guarantee that your specific setup works with “Bonkies”.

Multiplayer Options

  • Local Multiplayer (Couch Co-Op)
  • No Online Multiplayer
  • Remote Play Together on Steam
  • SharePlay on PSN (2 Players)

Remote Play Together (Steam) and SharePlay (PSN) allow you to share local multiplayer games with friends over the internet. Only the host needs to own the game. Remote Play Together is free. SharePlay requires a paid PSN subscription and is limited to 60 minutes per session and a maximum of 2 players.

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About us

Great couch co-op games are hard to find? Not anymore!

We love couch co-op games. Nothing beats the joy of sitting in the same room, playing some fun games and experiencing the reactions of your friends first hand—especially during a pandemic, when you’re more often at home with your partner, family members or roommates. Sure, online multiplayer modes can be fun, too, but couch co-op has always been the best type of multiplayer games for us.

If you are like us, you play local multiplayer games on a regular basis, either with your kids or your friends. Every platform has some couch co-op classics, like “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” and “Super Mario Party” on Nintendo Switch or “Sackboy: A Big Adventure” on PS5. While these couch co-op games can be played over and over again, you may want to try something new from time to time. So, where do you find interesting, new titles? Sometimes you get great recommendations from friends, but most of the time you need to do your own research.

Most game stores like Steam, PlayStation/Microsoft Store or Nintendo eShop offer categories for local multiplayer games. However, they either feature just a handful of new games or list thousands of entries. Websites for couch co-op games do exist, but they try to list them all, even the not-so-good ones. Gaming related blogs and magazines write about couch co-op games from time to time, but it’s not their main subject. You probably don’t want to search on the internet for hours and hunt for hidden gems. You want to find great, new games without the hassle. That’s why we’ve came up with the idea for Couch Co-Op Favorites.

We create lists with handpicked couch co-op games—filterable by platform, player number and relevant features. On this website you can quickly find new games which have been tested by people like you. Save time on researching, spend more time with friends and family.

We love couch co-op games

We are a group of friends from Northern Germany. We have a deep passion for couch co-op games and did a lot of research on the subject in our student days. We don’t know all titles, but we certainly know a lot of excellent games for different platforms and audiences. We regularly play games, but we still identify as casual gamers. We believe that not every gaming related site needs to look like it has been made for stereotypical gamers. That’s why we’ve decided to and make this site look friendly and approchable.

Our mission is simple: We want to bring joy to people looking for good couch co-op games and we want to support indie developers, too.

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