Contra Game Review

Launched for the first time in 1987, Contra is one of the most revered video games of our time. Just ask anyone who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s. These days, the game is a classic that many hard-core gamers still find exhilarating and intimidating, and it’s not hard to see why. With that classic retro feel, 8-bit graphics and cheesy sound effects that scream the 80s. The video game was developed by Konami and features a large, muscular soldier as he battle his way through various enemies. The game was probably most popular featuring a two-player mode, which wasn’t very common at the time. While the arcade version was well loved, the Contra series really took off when it was introduced by Nintendo in 1988 and since then various sequels have been released.

Game Design and Graphics

If 8-bit gaming is your thing, then Contra is for you. While the graphics are basic and keeps with the original look and feel, the game remains as popular as ever. Contra is a game for players who appreciate substance over appearance and boy, is there a lot happening in this game. The goal is to traverse several levels and battle various foes that cross your path. You are armed with a machine gun, although other weapons can be collected along the way, including an even better machine gun, a laser, a flamethrower and the spread shot. There are two different types of levels, namely the traditional side-scrolling level and a third person shooter. The action, while intense and exciting, is amped up a notch by the retro look and feel of the game, with flash animation and typical sound effects adding to your entire gaming experience.

Game Software

Contra was developed and released by Konami Holdings, a Japanese entertainment company that is famous for a variety of popular video games including Contra, Dance Dance Revolution, Metal Gear, Pro Evolution Soccer, Silent Hill, Yu-Gi-Oh! and more.

Game Storyline

Contra stars Bill and Lance as they journey through eight game levels in a bid to defeat Red Falcon and his alien minions. This is achieved via either one or 2 player coop action. Contra was originally introduced as an arcade game in 1987 but was ported to the NES in 1988 by Konami themselves. This version differed from the original in numerous ways but maintained its authentically retro look and feel and basic gameplay. Various game features were updated; levels 2 and 4 were no longer mazes that you had to work through and instead featured one linear path, while several of the bosses were also changed. One of the reasons that Contra is so popular is the weapons, which include Rapid Fire, Machine Gun, Spread Gun, Laser, and Fire and are all present from the very first level. This allows players to sample each one right off the bat and choose your favourite, although all have its strengths and weaknesses.

Positive and Negative Impression

Contra is definitely a classic game that will always holds some kind of appeal, especially with nostalgic players who grew up in the 80s/90s. That being said, there is a universality to the game that makes it appealing to even the most novice player. Joining the missions of the main characters is one of the fondest memories of many a childhood, whether it was at the arcade or in your living room after school. That nostalgic experience is evident the minute you start the game, with its 8-bit graphics and sound effects that take you right back to the 80s. If you prefer modern games with fancy graphics and effects, then Contra is not for you. If you want to enjoy a more classic experience, Contra is the way to go.