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Congo Bongo

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
VIC-20
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...
Atari 8-bit
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3.6
MSX
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4.0
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Description

Congo Bongo is an arcade platform game similar in many ways to Donkey Kong, but with an isometric perspective. The player takes control of a safari hunter who is searching for an ape named Bongo, determined to punish him for setting the hunter's tent on fire. The game consists of four one-screen stages, each with an objective to jump on platforms and reach the top. Various animals will try to stop the protagonist: for example, in the first level a large gorilla throws coconuts at him. The hero has no offensive abilities and must jump or otherwise avoid enemy attacks. Stages may contain obstacles or hazardous spots that would kill off the main character.

Screenshots

Congo Bongo Intellivision Gameplay on the first level
Congo Bongo Apple II Gameplay on the first level
Congo Bongo Atari 8-bit Game start
Congo Bongo Arcade On the bridge

Alternate Titles

  • "Tip Top" -- European arcade title
  • "Africa Nera" -- Italian C64 title

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User Reviews

No bananas for you, monkey boy Commodore 64 *Katakis* (37801)

The Press Says

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 5200 Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Intellivision Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jun 16, 2001 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Jan 04, 2003 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic Commodore 64 Apr 15, 2011 D- 16
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 26, 2002 F 0

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Trivia

Cancelled releases

Although advertised, a Spectrum conversion was never complete; neither did an Amstrad CPC conversion which U.S. Gold advertised around the same time make it to the market.

Conversions

The PC Booter version appears to be the only version with all four arcade levels. Most ports had two or, if you were lucky, three levels.

Intellivision version

Although SEGA announced four games to be released on the Intellivision, this was the only title they did release for that platform.

Information also contributed by LepricahnsGold
Contributed to by Corn Popper (69577), jeff leyda (1586), Kabushi (121658), Martin Smith (63154), Pseudo_Intellectual (44474) and Servo (55922)