Bonanza Bros.


The Arcade Video Game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. See Timeline

[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Bonanza Bros. © 1990 Sega.

One or two players take on the roles of Robo and Mobo, two cat-burgling brothers who must carefully make their way through a variety of scrolling platform-based levels, stealing a number of valuable items (as highlighted on a cut-away map displayed in the middle of the screen). Once all of the treasure items have been acquired, the brothers must quickly make their way to the roof to escape in a waiting airship. Each stage must be completed within a set time limit.

Bonanza Bros. introduced a 3-D element to the traditional 2D platform gameplay. Both players and enemies can move between the front and back of the platforms, with the enemy guards having a 'field-of-vision'. This made it possible for players to hide from the guards by ducking behind furniture, as well as into alcoves and stairwells.

If players get shot by the guards too many times, or if all of the treasure is not recovered and the escape point reached before the time limit expires, the brothers end up in jail and it's game over.

Each of the game's ten stages is set in a different building the brothers have to burgle. These include a bank, a millionaire's mansion, a casino, a mint, an art gallery and a treasury.
Runs on the Sega "System 24" hardware.

Players: 2
Control: 8-way joystick
Buttons: 3
Bonanza Bros. was released in June 1990.
The US version differs from other territories with the addition of the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen displayed at the start of a game.


Sega Master System europe (1990) "Bonanza Bros. [Model 7073]"
Sega Master System brazil (1991) by Tec Toy
Sega Mega Drive europe (1991) "Bonanza Bros. [Model 1124-50]"
Sega Mega Drive korea (1991) "Bonanza Bros. [Model GM 4045 JT]" by Samsung
Sega Mega Drive brazil (1991) by Tec Toy
Sega Genesis usa (May 16, 1991) "Bonanza Bros. [Model 1124]"
Sega Mega Drive japan (May 17, 1991) "Bonanza Bros. [Model G-4046]"
NEC PC-Engine Super CD-ROMĀ² japan (July 31, 1992) "Bonanza Bros. [Model NAPR-2028]"
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (January 15, 2004) "Sega Ages 2500 Vol. 6 : Bonanza Brothers [Model SLPM-62433]"


Amstrad CPC europe (1992)
Atari ST europe (1991)
Commodore Amiga europe (1991)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1991)
Sharp X68000 japan (September 10, 1991)
Commodore C64 usa europe (1992)
Game's ROM.

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