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Navigate your hunter through four jungle levels, avoiding monkeys, rolling coconuts, rhinoceros, scorpions, snakes, hippos and giant fish. The game uses colorful three-quarter perspective graphics and has humorous intermissions.

Congo Bongo was produced by Sega in 1983.

Sega released 594 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936. Sega was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Congo Bongo was produced include: Character Cabinets, Oh Shou Serizawa 8dan no Tsume-Shougi, Zoom 909, Zektor, Tac/Scan, Astron Belt, Champion Baseball, Champion Baseball 2, Champion Boxing, and Commando (Sega)


Name Congo Bongo
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7384
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class Sega Zaxxon
Game Specific Congo Bongo Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Congo Bongo Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up-left, down-left, up-right, down-right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Jump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
Bezel Congo Bongo Bezel Image
Control Panel Congo Bongo Control Panel Image

Game Play

The game begins with an animation where Bongo the gorilla approaches the sleeping hunter and gives him a "hotfoot". You play the hunter who has vowed revenge on Bongo for this cruel prank.

The first level is Primate Peak. Climb to the top to reach Bongo the gorilla, avoiding the rolling coconuts he throws at you. Don't let the monkeys jump on your back, because if three of them get on you, they will toss you over the cliff. Press the jump button repeatedly to dislodge them. When you reach Bongo, he will retreat and you will follow him to the next level.

The second level is Snake Lake. Avoid the scorpions that crawl on the beginning side of the lake and jump onto the maze-like paths while jumping over or avoiding snakes. Jump onto the back of the submerging hippo without getting your feet wet to reach Bongo.

The third level is Rhino Ridge. Avoid the deadly puddles and dodge the charging rhinos by jumping over them or hiding down in the mole holes. Do not wait too long in any of the holes because a man in a headress randomly appears in the various pits and fills them in. When you have made it safely past the entire rhino herd, climb the rock where Bongo stands to proceed to the fourth and final level.

Level four is Lazy Lagoon. Cross the water by leaping onto floating lily pads and standing rocks, and riding on the backs of submerging hippos and swimming giant fish. When you reach dry land, a couple of rhinos will be charging back and forth and after you get past them, you will find Bongo sleeping on his chair next to a fire. The hunter will finally have his revenge and give Bongo the hotfoot, after which, the game begins again, but with increased difficulty.

Congo Bongo KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.13 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 2.90

Overall Like 3.00
Fun (Social) 2.75
Fun (Solo) 2.75
Collector Desire 3.67

Technical Rating: 3.31

Gameplay 3.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 3.50
Sound/Music 2.75

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Also known as Tip Top in Europe. All boards are screen printed SEGA and the sound board actually has the name Tip Top on it.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Congo Bongo Census

There are 14,895 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,528 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,131 machines (6,927 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 98 known instances of this machine owned by Congo Bongo collectors who are active members. Of these, 64 of them are original dedicated machines. 4 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 30 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 4 active VAPS members with a Congo Bongo machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Congo Bongo circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 5 active VAPS members currently looking for Congo Bongo. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Congo Bongo circuit board set.

This game ranks a 22 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 10 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Switch for negative/positive sync on some boards. The PCB draws a lot of current. Check all voltages carefully.


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 173; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 173; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright
  2. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

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