Published by Viacom New Media
Developed by Illumina Productions

Introduction (from the box): Experience Descent into Zinj, the ultimate first-person CD-ROM jungle adventure. Venture deep into the unexplored Congo on a quest for rare diamonds hidden within the legendary city of Zinj. Astonishing special effects and state-of-the-art 3D graphics plunge you headlong into this deadly gauntlet – exotic jungle, raging rivers, subterranean caves, active volcanoes, and deadly adversaries. Armed with an arsenal of high-tech devices, you must rely on strategizing, quick thinking and puzzle-solving skills to survive. Hang on for an unforgettable adventure … where you are the endangered species.

Theme and genre: Myst-like point and click adventure game based on a movie/book Congo. The game takes place in a jungle somewhere in Africa. Player moves in predetermined rendered paths and solves puzzles while trying to uncover a mystery of colleagues. Live action full motion video scenes are mainly conversations with various people. They are shot as satellite uplinks resembling Skype conversations.

Synopsis: You are called in by CEO of TraviCom’s. A team of researchers got lost in Congo. Your mission is to find out what happened to them and locate an ancient diamond mine. Someone or something wiped out previous two teams and you are the last resort TraviCom has to figure this out. You parachute yourself into the deep jungle, move through jungles of Congo and follow the river  right into the depths of ancient ruins.

Trivia: Illumina productions moved twice during the development of the game. Once because they had outgrown the little Victorian office they started in, and then again after an arsonist, angry at the owner of the building they moved into, torched the place.

Further information:
http://www.mobygames.com/game/congo-the-movie-descent-into-zinj