Quoted from Whysnow:
you need to qualify this with "on route"
Yeah, on route when the movie came out and was a turd, the general population did not play Congo. When the general public does not even give a game a chance due to a bad license then route operators are gonna just take the hit and pillage parts to keep other games like AFM and MM running which earned big time.
That for sure increased the rarity level and decreased the supply.
Reality is that about 10 years ago, the collector side of the hobby really started growing more and people actually started giving the game a shot. They no longer had the bias of the poorly received movie and instead just treat it like a jungle themed game with an ape. They played the game for what it is and realized it has a great layout, some really good shots, a unique style of code and some really neat toys and features.
Congo has been recognized as an A list title by quite a few for a few years now. People missed the boat because it was a "bad movie". Maybe I am crazy but I actually think the movie is decent when I watched it now. Some funny characters and good 90s cheese. Game is even better and call outs are even funnier to me.
I can say without any question this was the Mustang of the 1990s. I was always excited about any new game coming out then. We got a few of the first orders usually. This game went to closeout very quickly. Since there was very few home buyers at the time so not quite a direct comparison.
I am not sure what scale we are on to recognize titles as A or B etc but when I played it new it was fun but as previously stated, it did not seem as overall polished as some of its predecessors. I think it is certainly a very enjoyable pinball game and no question rare based on its initial undesirabity. I am not sure how to price games as I rarely sell but if I was looking for a stellar example I would expect to pay around what a stern Pro costs.