Tech and Gameplay Helps for Sunday Software’s Bongo Loves the Bible
Read my Updated Game Guide for helps with common issues and gameplay solutions.
In our experience, “Bongo tech problems” are really “how to play” issues. Read our tips and Game Guide linked on the bottom of our main Bongo webpage. Below are the most common “game play” issues. Tech Issues are also further down this page.
GAME PLAY PROBLEMS, SOLUTIONS, and TIPS
Problem: O those crazy plants –they keep eating Bongo.
Solution: If you only have v 1.1 or 1.11 installed, download or purchase and install the version 1.2 upgrade. In version 1.2 we made it easier to get away after you’ve been eaten by a plant. If you have version 1.0, you need to buy a new copy of Bongo 1.2 which has many technical upgrades, including one that makes it easier to get away from the plants.
Need help avoiding/beating the plants? Slingshot bananas at them! 3 should make them wither. If they keep eating you again and again do this: when you left click on the verse message to get rid of it, start JUMPING using your CTRL key and use your arrow keys to move away at the same time.
There are a few places where the plants can trap Bongo in an endless cycle of being eaten. Don’t mess with the plants. In version 1.1 or 1.11 when you click the verse box to make it disappear immediately start jumping (ctrl key) away from the plants.
Problem: The Cave is too dark in Bongo Knows the Bible.
Solution: Press Ctrl-G and adjust the gamma brightness. Press Ctrl-G to return to the game.
Problem: I’m lost in the Cave game (Bongo Knows the Bible), or don’t know what to do.
Solution: Read the game guide and use the map.
Problem: I can’t Jump well on Faith/Hope/Love in the Cave game.
Solution: Sid has made jumping kind of difficult. Make sure you are in “easy” mode. Then practice practice practice.
Problem: Bongo seems to “get stuck” crossing the lava pit in the “Cave” game when I heard the strange voice.
Solution: Press Ctrl-G to adjust the “gamma” brightness.” Then press Ctrl-G again to get rid of the gamma control panel. This will unstick Bongo.
Problem: I get the key and go to the Treasure Chest, but it just shoots out gems and confetti, what should I do?
Solution: Collect all the gems and bananas. After about 20 seconds of bonus point rackin-up the game will end and take you to the scoreboard.
Problem: I can’t land on the Revelations platform in the Canyon Books game.
Solution: We tricked you. It’s Revelation, not Revelations. Jump on the correct one.
Problem: I keep getting smooshed by the Rocks in the Bible Books Canyon Game
Problem: I keep getting smooshed by the Rocks in the “Bongo KNOWS the Bible” Game
Solution in the Canyons Game: Stay all the way over on the right or left where they can’t touch you.
Solution in the “Cave” (“knows”) Game: Run behind them when they pass and follow them until they drop, then jump over the broken bridge.
Problem: How do I know which saved game is mine on the load saved game screen?
Answer: I wish the save feature allowed players to type info but it doesn’t. Instead, when you click and “Empty Slot” on the save screen, it takes a screenshot of the location where Bongo is standing in the game and places that screenshot in the Empty Slot. Thus, your best bet is to tell students to stand in front of some memorable feature like a chest or bridge THEN click Alt+S to open the Save Game feature, click an Empty Slot. You’ll see the screenshot inserted. NOW: write down which slot is the one you want to come back to at a later time to “load” and continue where you left off. (Write yourself a note such as, “Jack: second row, third from the left”). FYI: You can save and load a game by pressing the Alt+S keys.
Problem: Right after out-running the big rock, I keep jumping down into the canyon instead of onto the platform.
Solution: You need to jump onto the ‘starter’ unlabeled ‘starter’ platforms found at the left or right of the where the rock falls down. From that initial platform at the head of each canyon you can see the labeled books to jump on.
Problem: Sometimes I jump onto a CORRECT book of the Bible and I fall for no reason.
Solution: You’re probably jumping into a crow. Wait for them to fly by.
Problem: I accidentally hit the Windows key on the keyboard and it crashes the game when I try to go back into the game.
Solution: Unfortunately, the Windows key on some keyboards is too close to the CTRL key and kids will hit it instead of the CTRL key when jumping. This takes you to the Windows desktop and the game hates that. There are a couple things you can do to help. Show the kids how to hook their hand on the edge of the keyboard to position their finger properly so they KNOW FOR SURE they are hitting the CTRL key. You can also tell them to use the other CTRL key to jump.
Problem: I’m having trouble reading the books of the Bible platform.
Solution: Use your mouse to change your angle of view.
Problem: I keep falling into the canyon when chased by rocks.
Solution: There are small ‘starter’ platforms at the beginning edge of each canyon. From there you jump onto the books of the Bible platforms. So when you jump off the edge steer a little right or left to land on the platform. As you slowly skooch along the side of the canyon where the rock is rolling, you can go under the greenery hanging there and “spy” the small platform.
Problem: I jump and overshoot the platform.
Solution: The longer you hold the CTRL key, the further Bongo will jump. In most cases, you just need to hit it once while running to get to the next platform. Line up Bongo at the back corner of the platform he is standing on, then get a running start and press CTRL key to jump.
Problem: My kids sometimes hit the WINDOWS Key instead of the CTRL (jump) key. When I get back to the Bongo game, it is acting strangely.
Solution: You need to restart Bongo and tell them not to exit the game like that! There is a second CTRL key on the keyboard that doesn’t have a Windows key next to it, use that one instead.
Problem: Sid keeps pummeling me and trapping me.
Solution: That Sid, he’s a wild boy. Sling bananas right at his belly if he has you trapped in a rock corner. He keeps following your movements so use your arrow keys to move left and right and jump at the same time to sneak past him. You can jump on top of Sid too, but I do not recommend it (sometimes he can get stuck on Sid’s head).
The Bongo Teacher’s Outline has all the game’s secrets and shortcuts. Here are a few more:
- You really don’t have to sling bananas at Sid or the Plants. Just run around them. They can only reach so far.
- The Jungle and Cave layouts are actually very simple, though at first they may look like mazes. Consult the teacher’s guide for maps.
- When you hear the crow sound on the Bible Books platform, Press your ‘end’ key to duck. If you jump into a crow, he will knock you off.
- In the Bible Books game, stay to the right or left and let the rocks roll by you. Jump to the small platform just past the edge on either side of where the rocks fall.
- In the Bible Books game, use your mouse to change your point of view to get a better look at the names of books.
- In the Bible Books game, you don’t have to click out of the notes about each book that appear on screen. They will disappear when you jump.
- In the cave game, things must be done in the correct order. Look, read, and listen. At the beginning of the game you can adjust the “gamma” to brighten the cave for easier play. When you cross over Faith, Hope and Love, turn left and go down the skinny path.
- The treasure key in the Jungle quiz games is in the waterfall where the dolphin is squeaking, but it won’t appear there until all questions in the level have been answered.
- Before teaching with Bongo, preview it yourself, and let your students play with it at the end of class prior to using it for a lesson.
- HUGE TIP…. On some keyboards, the “Windows” key is right next to the “CTRL” key which you use to jump. If you hit the Windows key, it can take you out of the game, and going back into the game can create problems. Warn the kids. Show them the ‘other’ CTRL key on the keyboard.
MORE BONGO TECH TALK
Many of these problems have only been reported on older systems or with older versions of Bongo.
Problem: Strange looking blocky game graphics
Solution: First, press ALT-ENTER once, then do it again to resize the game back to fullscreen. Sometimes this corrects it.
If that doesn’t work, completely quit the game and Restart it from the startup icon. Sometimes the game engine gets out of whack if another program on your computer has popped open a window (like an anti-virus scan or email program running in the background).
If the poor “textures” persist, it probably means your graphiccard/videocard isn’t capable of rendering smooth textures and needs to be updated. First, if you have Windows 98 you need to install the copy of DirectX 8.1 that’s in a folder on the Bongo CD. This will update crucial graphic system files. If that doesn’t help try updating your videodriver.
Problem: The Cave is too dark.
Solution: It’s supposed to be dark early in the cave adventure. You must find the lamp which will light your way. You can shoot bananas which glow too!
Due to the various capabilities of videocards to render “lighting effects,” and due to the different monitor technologies (such as black mask vs grille -which affects the “darkness” of grayshades), we have included a GAMMA-Brightness control in the game. Just press the G key on your keyboard.
You can also go into your Windows Display Properties, advanced features, and adjust the “gamma” brightness slider for your videocard.
Problem: Game screen shifts to the left and left 1″ seems cut off.
Solution: Turn your monitor off then on again. If that doesn’t work open the monitor’s horizontal positioning controls. This anomaly was only reported once.
Problem: “Slow game play” or “Bongo running slow.”
Solution: Did you press the Shift Key to put Bongo in running mode? Sometimes during the game kids will inadvertently switch the mode between walking and running. In version 1.1 and 1.11 we made the “running” mode the default mode, which means sometimes you inadvertently hit the shift key which slows Bongo down. Hit it again.
Other “slow” possibilities:
You have an old computer which doesn’t have enough ram or video ram.
Problem: Bongo Won’t Start Up
1. RIGHT click Bongo’s startup icon and select “Run as Administrator”
2. You may also need to RIGHT click the icon and select “Run as XP” in Windows’ compatibility options.
Problem: You receive a “dinput8.dll is missing” error message.
Or, during startup you receive a “missing export DDRAW.DLL:Direct Draw CreateEx” error message.
Solution: It means your operating system DirectX files are out of date. These files come from Microsoft. You can download an updated copy at www.microsoft.com/directx. A copy has also been provided ON the Bongo CD in a folder.
Problem: The Certificates printed out too small, …or without the player name.
Solution: 1) Open up the OPTIONS menu in the Bongo game and select FULL next time you go to play a game. It will always remember that option. Or, if you want to print one without playing the game again, open the DOCUMENTS folder and open up the correct certificate and print it. We placed copies in there for you.
The certificates NEVER print with the player name on them. Entering the player name at the end of a game only places the name on the High Score page. We didn’t write it on the certificate because we figured you might want to hand-print the player’s ENTIRE name on the certificate and our scoring page only allows for 6 letters.
Problem: You get a INDEO VIDEO CODEC Not Installed message while playing the “Cave” Bongo Needs the Bible game. Or, the “Keeper of the Lamp” videos aren’t seen in the Cave game.
Solution: This only happens if your PC came with “XP version SP1 Home Edition” installed -and you have not updated to SP2 (Service Pack 2). Microsoft left out the popular ‘Indeo Codec’ from its Service Pack 1. Oddly enough, the original edition of XP has the codec! You need it to run the 3 video files in the Cave “Needs” game. To correct this Microsoft mishap, you need open up the Indeo Folder on the Bongo CD and execute the installation.
Problem: You get the message “Can’t run windowed – set desktop to high or true color.”
OR, you upgraded from version 1.11 to version 1.2 and the display is muffed.
Solution: Open up your Display properties in the Control Panel and reset to 16 or 32 bit color.
Problem: The “Cave” game (Bongo NEEDS the Bible) crashes when you try to start it.
Solution: This only occurs in version 1.0 on XP machines using the very first ‘run’ of CDs shipped in March/April 2003.
Temporary workaround: When you play Bongo, press the ALT-ENTER keys on the keyboard at Bongo’s Main Menu to ‘run Bongo in a window.’ Now click to start the Needs/Cave game. You can now press ALT-ENTER again to run Bongo in fullscreen. This seems to solve the problem on many XP machines. Permanent Workaround: Buy version 1.2.
Problem: I have a S3 Graphics Prosavage DDR videochip/card and Bongo won’t start.
Solution: That’s a known nasty budget chip that doesn’t like some 3d games. Either try to get the driver updated at S3graphics.com or get a better videocard.
Problem: The Bongo 1.2 Update installation has the error message: “Cannot ____ thumbs.db”
Solution: Delete thumb.db from the c:\bongo directory and initiate the 1.2 Update process again.
Problem: I have a S3 Graphics ProSavageDDR graphics chip in my budget computer and Bongo won’t display correctly.
Solution: That chip is junk and has problems with many 3d games. Go buy an inexpensive graphics card online.