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Old School Review: Contra

6 February 2009 No Comment

My brother and I spent countless hours playing this game, either single player or two player mode, we would eventually beat it with great success and many, many continues (lol). Although I have played the other Contra games, I feel as though the first one, excluding the arcade version, was the best one. Sure the graphics were pixilated and not loaded in layers of 3-D depth, but it was still a challenging game especially if you playing not to lose a single life. Of course, that was a challenge in itself until you learned all the patterns and had quick thumbs for all the enemies and bosses.

However, after brushing up on my Contra history I was rather disappointed where Konami went with series, especially turning the heroes into criminals and the evil they fought to destroy. What can you do though, besides creating a game that goes back to its roots like they did with Contra 4, I wouldn’t mind seeing the original Contra remade to current generation systems as that would be insane graphics and sound and some great detail landscapes and bosses as well. So let’s get it on with my review of the game and see what interesting stuff I come up with.


Some Screen Shots

Game Maker: Konami

Year: 1988

Price: $40-$50 a game

Levels: 8

Sound: 8

Graphics: 7

Mini-Games: none

Difficulty: Back then 9 Now: 4

Game play:

Side scrolling run and jump action with some various weapons at your disposal to blow aliens and soldiers up.


You the player take on the roll of Bill and Lance as you take on the alien invaders the Red Falcon in eight action pack levels. With the help of a various weapons including the only useful weapon the spreader, getting through these stages takes time, patience, and some sweet skill.

First Impressions:

One of the best side-scrolling games ever and being as difficult as well since you were limit with two lives and I believe three continues. So my brother and I spent countless hours at this game, we would eventually beat it, and what do you know instant replay value.

21 years later:

Still a great game after all this time, sure it gets a lot easier with a emulator but if you still have a NES and the cartridge you will still enjoy this game and the challenge the contra series gives the old school way.
Overall Ranking:


Even though it is a great game, but once you mastered the inner workings and just repeating it over and over again it gets a bit dull. Of course, I would not be surprised if games have challenges like using the original weapon only and stuff like that. However, with this game because of its replay value needs to play in time gaps so it does not get as boring and you can rust up your Contra skills. What am I kidding, that is impossible for old school gamers so enjoy it as much as you want until your eyes bleed.

So this is my review of the NES classic Contra and Now for that Catchy slogan–

“Games don’t get old, just people!”

–Now for some copyright info–

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