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Let's Compare - Congo Bongo
« on: August 24, 2012, 21:05:51 PM »
I was just watching this video on YouTube comparing different versions of Congo Bongo with the arcade.  This game must have been really tough to translate into home consoles because most do not look very good.  The Coleco Vision version is probably the best one.  I do have to say, though, that the SG-1000 was quite imaginative in how they changed the perspective of the game to get it to work.  This might have been a better idea for systems like the 2600 and the Intellivision.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&featu ... mGNh93Dpyg

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Re: Congo Bongo
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2012, 21:09:36 PM »
I LOVE these let's compare videos they are so good!

I havn't seen this one yet though so thanks for posting it!

I have the 2600 version but don't really remember playing it, this game always came across to me as Donkey Kong with a 3D perspective. I am quite suprised Sega never revived it for one of their later consoles as it was quite popular in the arcades back in the day.

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Re: Congo Bongo
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2012, 21:16:48 PM »
Quote from: "The Laird"
I LOVE these let's compare videos they are so good!

I havn't seen this one yet though so thanks for posting it!

I have the 2600 version but don't really remember playing it, this game always came across to me as Donkey Kong with a 3D perspective. I am quite suprised Sega never revived it for one of their later consoles as it was quite popular in the arcades back in the day.

So do I!  It's a great way to look at these games.

I don't have the 2600 version in cart but I do have the ROM.  Not very impressive but one has to give credit for the effort.  I have the 5200 version and I find it to be quite disappointing.  Sound is horrible (I don't now why given the capabilities of the 5200) and it doesn't have all the screens.  I will be testing the Intellivision version since I now have the ROM and a CC3 to test it with.  :)

This is another one of those games that could have been brought back modernized as Sega's competition to Donkey Kong. 

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Re: Congo Bongo
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2012, 21:21:08 PM »
Just finished watching it now.

What is quite funny is that the Coleco, SG1000 and MSX versions are all so different.

The SG1000 and Coleco are near identical hardware wise, over the last few years people have been porting all the SG1000 games over to the Coleco because its so easy to do. The MSX also has many similarities with them too and quite a few MSX games have also been ported to the Coleco.

It seems really strange that Sega took that approach to the game on their own system as the Coleco proved it was possible on that hardware!

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Re: Congo Bongo
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2012, 21:22:57 PM »
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Just finished watching it now.

What is quite funny is that the Coleco, SG1000 and MSX versions are all so different.

The SG1000 and Coleco are near identical hardware wise, over the last few years people have been porting all the SG1000 games over to the Coleco because its so easy to do. The MSX also has many similarities with them too and quite a few MSX games have also been ported to the Coleco.

It seems really strange that Sega took that approach to the game on their own system as the Coleco proved it was possible on that hardware!

That's very interesting.  I wonder what led to the differences in how the game was programmed given the similarity in hardware. 

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Re: Congo Bongo
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2012, 05:44:48 AM »
I also liked how they changed the view on the SG1000. I have this for the 2600, 5200 and Coleco. Coleco is my favorite. I have heard that two versions were released for the C64. The later version is supposed to be better than even the Colecovsion.

Hope to read your thoughts on the Intellivision version soon TrekMD?

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Re: Congo Bongo
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2012, 05:48:11 AM »
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I also liked how they changed the view on the SG1000. I have this for the 2600, 5200 and Coleco. Coleco is my favorite. I have heard that two versions were released for the C64. The later version is supposed to be better than even the Colecovsion.

Hope to read your thoughts on the Intellivision version soon TrekMD?

This one will not be on the first wave of Intellivision reviews but it will definitely be one I'll be looking at soon.

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Re: Congo Bongo
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2012, 05:56:48 AM »
Cool!