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Slot Coco Bongo — Game Review

Slot Coco Bongo — Game Review

Name: Congo Bongo
Developer: Sega

Year: 1983
Type: Videogame

  • Orientation: Vertical
  • Type: Raster: Standard Resolution
  • CRT: Color

  • Joystick: 4-way (up-left, down-left, up-right, down-right)
  • Buttons: 1 [Jump]

Sound: Amplified Mono (one channel)

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Congo Bongo Description

Congo Bongo was produced by Sega in 1983.

Sega released 590 different machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Congo Bongo was produced include Champion Boxing, Champion Baseball 2, Champion Baseball, Commando (Sega), Astron Belt, Guttang Gottong, 005, Ali Baba And 40 Thieves, Monster Bash, and Buck Rogers — Planet Of Zoom.

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 — KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.13 (3 votes)

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Cabinet Style Weights and Measures


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.


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 12,234 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,599 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 160,736 machines (6,720 unique titles).

Very Common — There are approximately 92 known instances of this machine presumably owned by our current and past members. More are likely owned by non-members. 47 of these machines are owned by our active Congo Bongo collectors. And of these, 34 are original dedicated machines, 2 are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet, and 11 are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale — There is one active VAPS member with a Congo Bongo machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Congo Bongo circuit board for sale.

Wanted — There are 4 active VAPS members currently looking for Congo Bongo. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Congo Bongo circuit board set.

At any given time, our active members are listing on VAPS on average of 4,400 games they are looking for, and 3,600 games for sale.

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 wanted, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.


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


  1. Owner’s Manual 50 Pages, 4.7 MB File.
  2. Owner’s Manual (2) 50 Pages, 3.8 MB File.
  3. Owner’s Manual (3) 50 Pages, 4.4 MB File.
  4. Owner’s Manual (4) 50 Pages, 5.3 MB File.
  5. Owner’s Manual (5) 33 Pages, 4.2 MB File.

Foto-Finder® (books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games, Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256): Page: 173; Color photo;
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games, Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256): Page: 173; Color photo; Price guide:

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Additional References
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  1. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Congo Bongo Flyer #220
  2. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Congo Bongo Flyer #1215
  3. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Congo Bongo Flyer #4662

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