Contra (NES)

Game

Contra is a run-and-gun style platformer developed by Konami and published by Erbe Software initially in 1987.

AliasGryzor
Year1988
GenreShooter
Rating4.5 (4.5)10
PublisherKonami
DeveloperKonami
Updated20 May 2017
TAGSplatform shooter arcade

Game Review

Contra is a run-and-gun style platformer developed by Konami and published by Erbe Software initially in 1987. It was released in arcades and on ZX Spectrum and Amstrad PC to start with. The NES version was released in 1988 and several changes were made to make it more compatible with NES hardware.

A few notable changes are that the year it took place was changed to 1987 and the setting was changed to the Amazon. The two main characters also got badass code names, Mad Dog and Scorpion. In the initial version of the game the setting is the Galuga Archipelago in the year 2633 and the two Contra soldiers’ names are Bill Rizer and Lance Bean. Contra has more than a dozen games in its franchise and is one of Konami’s most successful series.

A terrorist group is planning on taking over the world, with the help of some aliens, and the two Contra soldiers are sent to stop them. Playing alone or in tandem with someone else, you take on an all but endless onslaught of enemies. You start off with your standard weapon, but finding power-ups can change your weapon to Rapid Fire, Laser, Spread Gun and more. The characters can also fire their weapons in 8 different directions, meaning no enemy is safe. Contra plays fast with a non-stop action feel, but timing is still key as one hit can kill you. Contra is not a particularly long game, but it’s a challenge. This is personally one of my favorites and the length never stopped me from wanting to run through it again and again. Call me biased, but you need to play this one.

Note: unfortunately we could not package the NES version for Mac, but you can download the MSX one.

Review by: Tasha
Published: 20 May 2017, 4:20 pm


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