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Congo Bongo - Atari 2600

Atari 2600 joystick:

Atari 2600 joystick

Joystick control:


Player 1: Player 2:
joystick ↑↓←→ TGFH
trigger Spacebar A
Pause Alt+P Alt+P
Save F8 F8
black-white / color mode:  F2
paddle / joystick mode: Alt+L


This Atari game is emulated by JavaScript only. If you prefere to use Java applet e­mu­la­tor, please fol­low this link.

Other platforms:

This game can be played also in a version for SG-1000. We are wor­king on the others.

Game info:
Congo Bongo - box cover
box cover
Game title: Congo Bongo
Console: Atari 2600
Author (released): SEGA Corporation (1983)
Genre: Action, Platform Mode: Multiplayer
Design: Mike Noll
Game manual: manual.pdf

File size:

585 kB
Download: Congo_Bongo.a26

Game size:

8 kB
Recommended emulator: Stella

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

   Congo Bongo is an isometric platform arcade game released by Sega in 1983. The game has come to be seen as Sega's answer to the highly successful Donkey Kong game that was released two years prior. The player takes the role of a red-nosed safari hunter who tries to catch an ape named 'Bongo'. The hunter seeks Bongo to exact revenge for an apparent practical joke in which Bongo set fire to the hunter's tent, giving him a literal 'hotfoot'. The game was named by Peter W. Gorrie who was the CFO of Sega at that time. Analysis of the game's ROM code indicates that it was very likely coded at least in part by the company Ikegami Tsushinki.
   Congo Bongo's gameplay is similar to other popular arcade games of the time, most notably Frogger and Donkey Kong, but is viewed in an isometric perspective, or oblique perspective in some versions. The protagonist has no offensive abilities and thus, the player must jump to avoid enemies (and obstacles) to complete a level. Like Donkey Kong, the levels are composed of a series of four single screens that loop in a higher difficulty when completed.

  • Screen 1: Primate Peak – This level most resembles Donkey Kong; the player must travel to the top of a hill while avoiding coconuts being thrown by a large gorilla. Also walking around the level are several small monkeys who attempt to grab the player. They can be shaken off by jumping in place, but if three of these monkeys attach to the player, the protagonist will be thrown off the cliff face.
  • Screen 2: Snake Lake – This level contains a grassland that is connected to a series of square platforms with thin pathways between. The player must avoid scorpions on the grass, snakes on the platform, and time movement with hippos in order to complete the level.
  • Screen 3: Rhino Ridge – This level takes place in a wide-open savanna environment where the player needs navigates around rhinos, charging in different directions. Oddly enough, stepping in the puddles will result in death, but the player can hide in the empty holes. The rhinos can also be jumped over.
  • Screen 4: Lazy Lagoon – This level closely resembles Frogger, as the player must cross a body of water by walking on and off various lily pads, logs, hippos, and large fish.
   Sega's ports for the Atari 2600, 5200, 8-bits and the C-64 featured only two of the four levels from the arcade original, while the ColecoVision release is missing the level 'Snake Lake'.

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Videogame Console:

This ver­sion of Congo Bongo was de­sig­ned for A­ta­ri 2600, which was com­mer­ci­al­ly ve­ry suc­ces­s­ful vi­deo ga­me con­so­le of se­cond ge­ne­ra­tion pro­du­ced by A­ta­ri from 1977 to 1992. It was the first con­so­le that used re­mo­vab­le me­mory mo­du­les with ga­mes. At the time of its grea­test fa­me, mo­re than 30 mil­li­on units of this con­so­le were sold for about $ 200 a pie­ce. To da­te, the ga­me li­bra­ry for this con­so­le con­tains near­ly 1,000 o­ri­gi­nal ga­mes. Mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on about the Atari 2600 can be found here.

Recommended Game Controllers:

You can control this game easily by using the keyboard of your PC (see the table next to the game). However, for maximum gaming enjoyment, we strongly recommend using a USB joystick that you simply plug into the USB port of your computer. If you do not have a joystick, buy a suitable USB controller in Amazon or in some of your favorite online stores.

Available online emulators:

3 different online emulators are available for Congo Bongo. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic features of each emulator available for this game Congo Bongo are summarized in the following table:

Emulator Technology Multiplayer USB gamepad Touchscreen Without ads
Javatari JavaScript YES YES NO YES
NeptunJS JavaScript YES YES NO NO
JStella Java applet YES NO NO YES

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