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Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj (Windows 3.x)

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Description

Congo is an adventure game adapted from the 1995 movie of the same name. The plot revolves around a search for a diamond that presumably have power enough to change the world of telecommunications as we know it. On a mission issued by Travis, the head of TraviCom, you are sent in contemporary Congo in order to recover the diamond and find out what has happened to another expedition led by Dr. Karen Ross.

As you arrive at the place of you destination more and more pieces of the puzzle begin to fit together in a wholesome picture as even more questions arise. Who are the monster gorillas populating the area? What is the meaning of all the Egyptian writings found throughout the place? What drives Amy -- a sentient gorilla capable of speech, to help you? And most importantly -- how to survive and get hold of the precious diamond and, perhaps, save the unfortunate souls of the first expedition in the process.

The gameplay is that of a classical inventory-based adventure. Although occasionally the game does depart from the formula. It mostly concerns the sequences where player should operate a multi-functional device resembling a laptop. With it's use player is able to analyze visual images to gain clues, record audio, track homing signals on the map and examine additional info from the files downloaded from the TraviCom network. Other notable gameplay features include navigating a river by boat and a maze-like sequence in the middle of the game.

Visually the game is similar to the first-person adventure games of it's era tracing its roots to Myst. It contains the same pre-rendered 3D backgrounds with the smoothly animated transition sequences and the characters done in live-action, except for Amy who is also executed in pre-rendered 3D.

The game is supplied with the trailer of the afore-mentioned 1995 movie.

Screenshots

Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj Windows 3.x Karen the archaeologist will guide on your descent.
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj Windows 3.x Death screen.
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj Windows 3.x Beware of the snakes!
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj Windows 3.x No one knows what lurks in these caverns.

Alternate Titles

  • "Congo the Movie: In die Tiefen von Zinj" -- German title

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User Reviews

At least this game beats the book/movie it is based on. Azif Kylander (50) 2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars

The Press Says

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Jan, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Brazil) May, 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 07, 2014 13 out of 20 65
High Score May, 1996 3 out of 5 60
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 1996 55 out of 100 55
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 5.5 out of 10 55
Power Play Feb, 1996 54 out of 100 54
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1996 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
The DOS Spirit Dec 22, 2013 2.5 out of 6 42
Entertainment Weekly Feb 09, 1996 C- 42

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Yeba (60) added Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj (Windows 3.x) on Aug 16, 2001
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