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DOS Games > Arcade Action > C > Contra for DOS

Contra

Genre: Arcade    |     Year: 1989    |     Publisher: Konami    |     Developer: Konami
Game Review (written by Hildewulf) Added on: 11/09/2006
Contra! Oh wow, what an enormous piece of my childhood this game was. I originally played Contra on the original Nintendo system when I was 8. I haven't had a working NES in a good ten years, but I swear my fingers would still remember how to beat this game if I picked up a classic control pad.
And that's my number one complaint about this download: I'm terrible at Contra on a keyboard. Despite that handicap, it's still nice to revisit old childhood memories.

The premise of this game is pretty simple: You're dressed in army fatigues, you've got a big gun, and you've got a jungle full of bad guys to deal with. It's mostly a classic side-scrolling action game in the same tradition as Castlevania or Metroid, though there are a few differences. Some of the levels are played from a behind-the-character perspective instead of in side-scroll mode. I don't like those levels nearly as well, as they involve much less blowing-up of stuff and I find the perspective somewhat awkward, but they are still fun. There are of course power-ups that give you different kinds of weapons so that you can more awesomely dispatch your enemies, and jumping is as important as shooting when it comes to keeping yourself
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alive. Finally, I have extremely fond memories of Contra's 2-player mode, where you can play cooperatively (against twice as many enemies) and achieve much more impressive levels of destruction, but I'm not sure how well that'll work on a keyboard.
To be good at this game, you have to memorize your enemies' attack patterns and be fast enough to exploit the weaknesses in them. One hit kills you. In classic arcade fashion, you start out with three lives and three continues and once those are used up you get to start all over. There is no save function in Contra, so if you want to beat the game, you have to have the time to play start to finish. That probably sounds frustrating. It is, but it's also incredibly satisfying when you make it past a particularly tough area. Don't let level 5 get you down.
My review may be a little inaccurate because most of my experience with this game is with the Nintendo version, and this download is the arcade version. I believe that the arcade version has fewer levels and easier bosses. Hopefully that'll help compensate for the handicap imposed by my keyboard. ;)
 
 
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Welcomebrans123 (01/03/2011)
This is a nice game for boys and Girls .When I was child this was the game I played for long time. So if you never had the opportunity to play this, this is the best option.
 
 
Jyamaza (07/26/2009)
Before games like Halo back in the day this was THE best game. With a multitude of games and strange aliens to shoot this kept you hooked until the very end. I can't tell you how many times we beat this game and still came back for more. A must have.
 
 
Sai (05/16/2009)
This is a great game, one of my favorites. When I was child this was the game I played for long time. So if you never had the opportunity to play this, this is the best option. Even my children are playing this game.
 
 
Sai (05/16/2009)
This is a great game, one of my favorites. When I was child this was the game I played for a long time. So if you never had the opportunity to play this, this is the best option. Even my children are playing this game.
 
 
Bihari (02/07/2009)
Greatest game ever. The game is full of fun and excitement. In every stage you find something new and exciting, for everyone that loves to play games like this.
 
 
Alejandro isabello martinez zaragoza (11/02/2008)
The game is a classic game but for me it is the best game in the history of the game. Contra is a very good game for everybody.
 
 
Lareen (10/29/2008)
Contra is a neat game. I love it. This is the best game ever made. I've been looking for this for years. When I was a child this was the game I played for a long time. This is a great game, one of my favorites.
 
 
Rohit gemini (10/09/2008)
This is best game. I wish all games were like this. This is a great game, one of my favorites. When I was a child, this was the game I played for a long time. So if you never had the opportunity to play this, this is the best option.
 
 
Rahul (09/20/2008)
This is the best game ever made. I've been looking for this for years. This is a great game, one of my favorites. When I was a child this was the game I played for a long time. So if you never had the opportunity to play, this is the best option.
 
 
Miguel castillo (09/15/2008)
Thank you, it's great. This is the best game ever made. I've been looking for this for years!
 
 
Vishal (07/12/2008)
Great Game. After playing Doom3, Quake, FIFA and all PC games, Contra still remains my favorite.
 
 
Maahi (07/06/2008)
Contra is one of the most fantastic games I have ever played till date. I hope the company KONAMI keeps on continuing this good job of taking out more levels so that such people like me may have the opportunity to play this game more n more.
 
 
Png3690 (05/30/2008)
Great game. Used to play this game a lot before and was waiting to play it again. I hope it is as good as the video game and the controls should be good enough.
 
 
Sac9686 (05/22/2008)
This is the best game ever made.
 
 
Man200008 (03/19/2008)
Good game, I have childhood memories of this game. Something simple and still exciting about this game
 
 
Jake (02/10/2008)
This is the best game ever! Though the graphics are old these days but back in 1988 there was nothing like it
 
 
Delpierojuve (01/07/2008)
Itís a very good game and I love it very much.
 
 
Rajesh (01/01/2008)
Fantastic!
 
 
Sachin4recovery (12/25/2007)
This is a great game, one of my favorites. So if you never had the opportunity to play this, this is the best option. You need downloading it!
 
 
Shashp150 (11/24/2007)
This game rocks. Would love to play it anytime.
 
 
Chipheoxx (10/07/2007)
It was fantastic. So if you never had the opportunity to play this, this is the best option you’ll like it! I recommend downloading it!
 
 
Sandeep (09/29/2007)
I like the game contra very much, when I was young I spent a lot of hours playing this game
 
 
Tvhdtvhd (09/27/2007)
This is a great game, one of my favorites. When I was child this was the game I played for long time. So if you never had the opportunity to play this, this is the best option.
 
 
Fedora (09/08/2007)
Very nice.
 
 
Lmac0414 (04/06/2007)
Great game!
 
 
Hatchetwarrior (03/22/2007)
This is the best game ever made, I've been looking for this for years!
 
 
Syutk80 (10/28/2006)
WAS A GREAT GAME!
 
 
Special Instructions (Source: Support Team | Added on: 02/22/2006)
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