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Congo Bongo, if in my eyes only, is one of the more underrated games on the Atari 2600. Obviously there isn’t much to it, but what is there is certainly worthy of the attention of classic gamers everywhere. Created by Sega in 1983, Congo Bongo was actually a commercial failure. It wasn’t until years later and several other ports to various systems that the game really began to click with gamers.
Congo Bongo pits you, a safari hunter, against Bongo, an ape that according to the game’s limited story, is responsible for a practical joke where he set fire to the hunter’s tent prior to the game’s opening. You as the hunter are charged with making your way to Bongo and returning the favor. Sure, it seems kind of malicious if you really think about it, but if a giant ape set fire to your tent in the jungles of Africa in 1983, wouldn’t you light him on fire too? Nah, me neither, but I guess this hunter holds grudges big time.
The levels consist of climbing mountains, hopping over waterfalls, and jumping, Frogger style, from one platform to another, on your way to Bongo. Sure, it seems easy, but one of the things Congo Bongo has that is both a blessing and a curse is poor detection of jumps, along with enemy sprites that sometimes hit you, and sometimes go right past you. Back to the detection, there are times when you make a poor jump and still make it over a spot, while other times you make what you feel is a well timed jump, only to head up into the sky, halo above your head.
Congo Bongo might not be a company highlight for the folks at Sega, but with some vibrant colors and some addicting music, it is worth taking a look at is for sure.