User reviews for Contra
8.8 / 10Combined Score
Enemy bullets are a bit hard to see sometimes
Button mashing can be a pain
Konami really made an impact on the NES, what, with the Castlevania series, Metal Gear and Gradius, but one game, not part of the Castlevania series, which will always remain a classic of Konami's would have to be this one...Contra!
As an NES game, it plays very well. The animations are very smooth, the controls are responsive and the gameplay itself is your simple "run and shoot" sort which really keeps you on your toes, and the phrase "shoot first, ask questions later" should be taken literally, as there is no time to rest. You have enemies coming out of every way, and even if you do kill all of them, more will appear out of the sides...
When you first load up the game, you'll be treated to a start-up screen, which has the two main guys of the game, a...
High difficulty level. Poor graphics and lots of flicker/breakup during gameplay.
Another arcade-to-NES port from the early days, Contra was in many ways a 2-player imitation of Rambo, of sorts. You took on the role of a hardbodied military guy, using a variety of futuristic weapons to rid the world of the alien Red Falcon and it's seemingly endless legion of minions in a game that spanned 8 large stages.
The coolest thing about gameplay is that while it's generally side-scrolling, 2 stages put you in battles with a 3-D behind the back perspective, a nice feature fot a platform shooter. There's also a good 2-player option, with a sneaky little fun extra thrown in...if you know how to, at the right time you can "steal" a life from the other player and get back in the game! Important because the difficulty level is quite high, and with Limited Continues you'll need plenty ...
High difficulty level. Some problems with graphics flickering and slowdown.
One of the original NES shooter games, Contra brought the intense action of the arcade version home. It also introduced the secret "Konami Code" for unlocking various goodies. The gameplay splits between side-scrolling and 3D/behind the back action and supports 1 or 2 players.
The graphics aren't the best but they do the job quite well. Backgrounds & bosses have a nice amount of detail. There is a problem with when a lot of objects are onscreen-either the game may slow down or there's enough flicker that objects even briefly disappear. Sounds are OK-weapon firing sounds are realistic otherwise not much to write home about. Controls are simple but responsive. The difficulty's a little in the high side and the game's hard to beat without the Konami Code, even with limited continues and 2-player option.
Almost 20 yea...