More Reviews
REVIEWS Firefall Review
Repetitive gameplay makes this fall a little boring.

The Walking Dead: Season Two Review
At this point, you’re not coming back for the zombies. Let’s get down to business.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Preview
Put up some movie glasses, because Geometry Wars is entering the third dimension.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Destiny
Release date: 09/09/14

FIFA 15
Release date: 09/23/14

Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star
Release date: 09/23/14

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: 09/30/14


LATEST FEATURES And I Was All "Hell Yeah I'll Play a New Dreamcast Game"
I just played a Dreamcast game that was released in... wait, 2014?

A Comprehensive Guide to Dealing with Controversy in the Video Game Industry
Need help wading through the latest misogyny/homophobia/racism/corruption debate in the gaming industry? Paul Tamburro’s here to help!
MOST POPULAR FEATURES The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Dragon Fin Soup, Dungeon of the Endless,

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP samsmith614 Since game design is a business, I decided to see what's really selling well for the PS4. I did this search a week ago, and at the time, out of the top 20 bestsellers on Amazon 10 had not even been released yet. By now some have been released. But others still have not. And yet others...

Congo Review

By:

06/06/04
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE  
PLAYERS 1- 1 
PUBLISHER Sega 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE  

The apes are close by... I can hear them...

Actually, they sound more like chimpanzees than apes. But why pick on such a minor flaw when there are so many big ones to go after? Congo is based on the Michael Crichton book/movie of the same name. Nobody at our offices has seen the movie, but if you really must have something with the Congo name on it, buy the book. Its cheaper and a helluva lot better.

The game itself is a first-person Doom style shooter. You begin your adventure in the Congo Jungle. Your plane has crashed and you have a tropical disease. (Your disease makes your vision go woozy on occasion) You must find your crash site, and the antidote to the virus. You must eventually make your way through the ruins of Zinj city and the caves underneath. Standing in your way are mutant gorillas, giant mosquitoes, voodoo totems, big goofy lizards, and (no joke) flying monkeys (Fly my pretties! Fly!).

Among the objects you can pick up are antidotes, health packs, diamonds, and a variety of weapons. You begin with a pistol, and can move up to a machine gun, an elephant gun, an homing bazooka, and a 'phasic laser' that requires your diamonds for recharge.

The 3D terrain mapping is smooth and accurate and is done by the same engine as Jumping Jack's previous release, Ghen War. The jungle can get a little confusing with all the dense foliage, but the overhead auto-map makes it navigable. Another good feature is that your gun auto-tracks to a certain extent, helping you to aim. The worst part of the game is the enemies. These attackers aren't rendered, are badly animated, and are just plain stupid looking. Unfortunately, as they are such a major part of the game, they are impossible to ignore.

On the plus side, both the sound and video clips are well done. The jungle noises and low key music fit the game nicely. The production values of the video clips are high. One of the plagues of CD-ROM games has been the inclusion of some of the worst video ever seen on the planet. Congo's high quality video is refreshing and even worth watching, but it makes the game suffer that much more by comparison.

This game looks like it was rushed through production so that the timing might coincide with the movie release, T-shirt merchandising, etc. Its not the first game to suffer from this malady, and unfortunately, it won't be the last.

D Revolution report card
  • Good video.
  • Bad playability.
  • Unbelievably bad enemies.
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Congo


More On GameRevolution