Congo (Williams, 1995)

Congo

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This game received 282 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.958 /10

7.958

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #45 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.257

Artwork: 7.505

Sounds/Music: 7.428

Other Aspects: 8.045



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9.296/10
17 days ago
if it wasnt for the terrible movie based theme this game would be a top 10 machine
8.556/10
42 days ago
I really enjoy this pin and think it could be ranked higher than, say ACDC. Lovely execution on the theme for the era. Video modes are fun enough that I find myself going for them hoping to get to play, as opposed to other pins where a player might play the video mode begrudgingly.
Caveat: the example I put my 30 or so games on did not seem to have a working lower-playfield, nothwithstanding the fact that I scored 1,400,000,000 and took the GC spot...maybe my moderately good game is why I like the pin so much?!
9.100/10
75 days ago
Its been said a bunch of times, yes the movie was meh, but the pin is fun to play. That is what I look for first and foremost. I don't need it too impossible, or too busy that you can't get all of the shots. This game has a good flow, easy play for all skill sets, and I like the smart and funny banter from the characters (Ernie Hudson and Tim Curry) actual voices.
6.407/10
3 months ago
It has a giant monkey! I should love it! But I don't.... just doesn't flow. And the randomness of cave exploring makes me angry every time. Blea. Pass.
8.079/10
8 months ago
I haven't seen he movie since it first came out, and based on the ratings that's a good thing. I can just enjoy the machine as a jungle adventure. I do agree with other reviewers that the lower playfield is a bit of a gimmick. Having said that, at worst, it's a change of pace like a video mode. Plus, being under the playfield it doesn't get in the way of any of the great shots. The best "toy" on the machine is probably the volcano. Having the balls shoot out of a volcano to start multiball is entertaining. Shooting the volcano ramp through the pops is also a rewarding shot.
7.812/10
10 months ago
This is a very polarizing game when it comes to collectors, whether they have a preference to WPC or not.
Overall, gameplay is actually quite good, and has decent flow.
The game is FUN on game action and modes.
Artwork is well above average.
Backglass is average.
Ruleset is above average.
Ramp shots are good.
Difficulty is well BELOW average.
Callouts are very annoying, especially "Amy" being screamed at the most inappropriate times and does not always make a lot of sense.
Music is movie centric.
The game does have a few "achilles heels", notably the volcano VUK, associated plastics, and mini playfield gorilla kicker, but nothing that is insurmountable in a home environment.

Up until around 2010, nobody really cared about this title, and there are reasons.
Current collectors seem to be flocking to the game, think because is is "rare" it is "valuable".
You might want to actually PLAY the game, before buying it, which can be a little difficult I realize based on production numbers.
This is a game you REALLY need to try first, instead of relying on "Top 10" lists based on new collectors.
Make a private assessment.

The game is overpriced like most later model games on average by $1500-2000 right now.
Does the game have good value?
Yes, at around $2800, not $4000-6000.
WCS94 is a much better game than this overall.

But, for new collectors that have to "own them all" like children owning He Man and "Master of the Universe" toys, the results are fairly predictable.
8.318/10
11 months ago
Congo is a fantastic game! I totally see why it was neglected for years and used to fetch a low price as the artwork and theme are pretty lame. That said, this game is a SOLID player! I love this game and would like to snag one someday for the right price!
8.116/10
11 months ago
one of the best william's pinball!I love the flow the gameplay !I'm still really enjoy to play with every time..
I'm fond of the midnignt madness very funny..
7.465/10
12 months ago
a good game but easy play with a lot of fun
9.004/10
1 year ago
Congo.... you beautiful beast. You are a diamond in the rough.
Non linear game play. Fun shots. Great sounds and call outs. The Volcano. So many reasons to love this game. It's a hard title to find in good condition but there are repro parts available.
Haters can nay say all they want. This game holds its own with any other pin and then some. It's a perfect compliment to the classic fan layouts and typical pinball conventions of modern based conquest.

Diamonds!!!!!! Dis game is worth dems.
9.260/10
1 year ago
Had the opportunity to buy a restored Congo with clearcoated playfield. Love, love, love this game. I owned this early in my exposure to pinball and miss this game tremendously. I remember when the movie was released, all the marketing, the art plastered on cups at Taco Bell. The movie is not an all time favorite but I did enjoy it. The themes, music and vibe really immerse you into game play. There is something to be sound for sound and call outs with any game and I love them on Congo. If you own one, don't make my same mistake and sell it. You will regret it. If you own a restored Congo and find yourself reading this, please reach out to me because I would love to own one again.
8.068/10
1 year ago
one of the most fun games to play,the playfield is amost perfect,i like the volcano shot.. i realy love playing this machine, damn it its good...keeper on play alone,the theme sucks, to bad this didnt have a better theme cause it would b a top 20 for sure,i dnt like the sound bites the movie was a good family movie but a pinball game, wasted a great machine on the theme here ...to to bad sorry amy !! not a keeper for me but wont pass up a oppertunity to play one
9.020/10
1 year ago
Love this game. Just fun shots. Love to hit the loop and combo the volcano. Big scores. Not the greatest theme but a great pin. It seems to have more lastability than a lot of the old B/W games. Fun but to9ugh video mode, easy to understand rules, etc. A winner.
7.351/10
1 year ago
Overall a nice pin - very cool multi-ball with volcano eruption.
But after getting the extra-ball by shooting sometimes the volcano-ramp everything is focused on the left side of the pin - no more need to shoot to the bumpers or the volcano ramp - the next extra-ball is too far away... The music is excellent but "the stupid comments and horrible voice from Amy killed me". That was the reason why I sold the pin again...
4.373/10
1 year ago
I just don't like this game. It is based on a very bad movie and the graphics and sounds reflect this movie. The lower playfield toy is a complete waste.
8.834/10
1 year ago
This game used to be not regarded very highly, but these days, it is up there. The playfield layout is very similar to Funhouse (and Tron). Good solid game. I like the basement. One of the very few Williams games made with a lower level. Good playfield artwork. Mediocre backglass artwork. Cabinet artwork is downright ugly. Sound is good, although music gets repetitive over time. The rule set is frustratingly random, and there seems to be little to do. A great improvement is to set it to Tournament Mode! Now, the random features become sequenced awards, and the object of the game becomes to get through the sequences (Map awards, Zinj/Mystery awards, Gray Gorilla awards). Wizard mode suddenly starts at 100 diamonds (and every 100 thereafter). Mystery scoop has to be bent just right to hold the ball, otherwise it will reject shots, or stick.
7.580/10
1 year ago
I think this is an above average game..no more.
I find the under playfield useless and its award unbalanced.
Volcano is a great toy, and volcano ramp shot is challenging.
6.401/10
1 year ago
Everyone acts like this game is so rad, but its just average.

Just hit gray over and over.

get tons of points

repeat
9.300/10
2 years ago
Congo is a really good game with really good artwork and I really like the callouts and the music in the game and the volcano ramp is really cool and when it shoots I out the volcano Is cool. Also the lower playfield with gray the gorilla is a really cool toy and fun to play
8.784/10
2 years ago
Really cool game. I love the layout of the playfield and everthing just feels smooth. Nice shots. I have no problem with the theme at all. Nevermind if the film was good or bad. This pinball does a great job capturing that jungle vibe with all the sounds and animations. Bad ass pinball.
9.084/10
2 years ago
I can't defend the movie even though I think I am the only person who does enjoy it! And maybe that helps that I like the pin so much as well. For a movie themed pin, it implements the story very well! The layout is so unique and there are 3-4 unique shots from each flipper, all which are critical to mastering this pin. The skill shot is fun and should be mastered for later modes in the game. 2 video modes which are fun and an erupting volcano. The music and sounds are perfect for the theme. A really good pinball that should not be overlooked!
7.544/10
2 years ago
Again another pin based on a stinker of a movie license (this seems to happen a lot!) but Williams made it work if you look past the theme. Has some cool gimmicks like the ape toy in the bottom playfield, skill shot down the kickback lane is pretty unique as well. Just let down by poor music and the theme really. I do enjoy playing this when I see it.
7.489/10
2 years ago
Congo is a reasonably attractive game, especially the back glass and cabinet, the field not so much. It has a good game flow and a decent number of toys. A bunch of different modes keep things interesting. The sound is OK, nothing special.
8.140/10
2 years ago
Congo is a magnificent game and very underrated. ok, so the film was a load of old bollocks, with its violent gun-toting gorillas etc, but anything with Tim Curry is always gonna be worth watching, if only for the scenes he's in. Seriously, the guy has the Midas touch.

anyway, this is a fun and varied and well designed game. lots to shoot for, a fantastic volcano that erupts balls for multiball, a clever downstairs area that makes a nice bit of variety, lots of modes and toys, even an original super skill shot where you aim for the outlane. video mode is fun too. and the backglass has Jeremy Clarkson on, which is always a bonus.

the one downside is the lack of any wizard mode - collect 200 diamonds and you get another multiball but no real objectives and it's too easy to attain. still, my Congo is going nowhere fast, i'll be keeping it as it's so much fun to play.
8.244/10
2 years ago
Really fun game with nice tight shots and some nice, unexpected ball return locations. I cannot speak to the depth of the rules but the game is a really nice shooter. I would love to own one. ;-)
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