Congo Bongo is a slot with a theme that transports to the sunny beaches of Jamaica, where music lays at the heart of everything. In this slot, you have a Rastafarian character with a big beaming smile named Juba and he plays a very central role throughout. This guy plays all of the instruments and offers the biggest wins. On the reels, he is joined by a variety of musical instruments and a Toucan with a striped beak, who adds both color and the opportunity of landing a good number of free spins too. The highlight is a 20 spins bonus round.
This Amaya designed slot has the 5×3 reel setup found at many online slots today and has a total of 20 win lines (players have the option to play any number between 1 and 20, but the whole 20 are set as the default amount). The slot pays from left to right, with the biggest prizes of all coming when you hit the maximum five in a row.
The control panel is found beneath the reels and the best option here is the auto-play. Here you can set it simply using the arrow keys, or have wider options using the ‘advanced’ option, where you can set stop conditions based on cumulative wins or losses.
The bongo drums represent the highest paying standard symbol, with 2,000 coins being added to your bankroll for hitting the maximum five. The other musical instruments on the reels are a steel drum, a shaker and a tambourine and these have top prizes of 1,000, 500 and 500 coins respectively. The standard symbols are completed by the playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
The wild symbol is Juba himself. Juba, with his large green, black and red hat and golden sunglasses cuts quite a figure on the reels and you’ll quickly realize how much of an influence he has on the game. First, being the wild symbol, he will substitute for every other symbol in the game apart from the Toucan scatter, enabling many more wins to come your way. However, he has a wider influence than being just the wild, as landing five Juba symbols in a row will pocket you an impressive 6,000 coins, which is by far the biggest pay-out in the game. Even four in a row will pay 1,000 coins, while prizes are awarded if you land 3, 2 or just a single Juba too.
The final symbol in the game is the Toucan which acts as the game’s scatter. This symbol offers an immediate scatter win when you land two or more across any of the five reels, starting at 2x your stake for 2 scatters up to 100x your stake for the maximum 5 scatters. More importantly perhaps, three or more scatters will also gain you entry into the free spins bonus feature.
Having activated the feature, you’ll find yourself with an eye catching twenty free spins. If this isn’t good enough in itself, any wins that come during the feature will be doubled. Even better news is the fact that should you land three or more Toucans during the free spins, the feature will be retriggered, meaning 20 more spins will be added to the existing total. Nice work if you can get it.
The design of Congo Bongo is quite basic across the majority of the game, the slightly outdated looks meaning it doesn’t match up to some of the slots you’ll find online today. Most of the symbols look like they could have been taken directly out of clip art, while the playing card symbols look slightly amateurish. The backdrop to the reels is a little strange too, a patchwork quilt pattern really not representing the theme of the game apart from the fact that it is green.
The accompanying soundtrack is not matched to the theme. You might expect a cacophony of Jamaican music, but instead you have a simple clicking noise of the reels and a small jingle when a win comes your way.
At first glance, Congo Bongo does look like a fun slot, especially with Jeba and the colorful Toucan on the reels. Unfortunately, the sound and visuals do let the game down a little and the gameplay is nothing original at all, with a standard base game and a free spins feature. If you want a reason to play the game however, the fact that you have 20 free spins with a 2x multiplier in the feature might just be enough.