Contra: Evolution

Scroll sideways. Shoot aliens.

Retro run-and-gun platformer Contra: Evolution has landed on Android this morning, bringing Konami's classic shooter franchise to the platform for the first time. If you're not familiar with the series, which dates back to the 1987 arcade cabinet original, it's all about finding the biggest gun you can, and shooting aliens in the South American jungle.

The gameplay is both familiar and easy. It's a virtual joystick game, where the left stick controls your direction, and the right is the jump and inventory virtual buttons. Your toon never stops shooting, and whatever direction you turn is also the direction your weapon fires. Work your way through this side-scroller, where of course there are plenty of enemies shooting back, landscape items and scenery that will trip you up, and a boss fight at the end of each level. If you've played any of the Contra series on your old console, you know what to expect here. The Android version seems very true to form, and is just as fun to play as the originals.

Contra: Evolution is available from Google Play now for $0.99 in the U.S., or £0.63 in the UK. Grab it at the link above, or head past the break for our first-look video.

There are 20 comments

berend jan says:

It does not feel the same as the old game.

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Copernikcus says:

Can you multi play via wifi or bluetooth?
If not I don't know. I spent so many hours playing with my brother, it would be such a shame not to be able to do it again.

Patsfan123 says:

Says it's not compatible on my 2013 Nexus 7 bit the pictures above are from one. Did you side load?

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DanteFilth says:

You guys needs to start mentioning when a game you are reviewing has IAP's or not. Game developers don't want to mention it, but I would expect you guys to at least give us a heads up about it if it does.

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S_C_B says:

It is a surprise you'll need to discover!

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Robbzilla says:

That only flies in games that don't cost money to buy.

Stoutbrew says:

Grrr wish it supported the Shield...

hmmm says:

Sideload the game. Root the shield and use tincore keymapper to map your controls to the touchscreen.

TheNexxuvas says:

up up down down left right left right B A start

Robbzilla says:

'Zactly. I was just wondering if it sports that handy little feature. I'd be disappointed if it didn't.

Mayoo614 says:

You can always go back to Google Play Games and get happy again!

salvikid01 says:

I will be keeping an eye on this one!. Hoping they add Bluetooth controllers to it!. So I can so the awesome UP DOWN LEFT RIGHT A B SELECT START.

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Vizualize says:

Weak controls, no tab support, and a million permissions. Boo.

hmmm says:

I won't buy it due to the in app purchases. Game should be free if they are going to do that or they should at least mention it.

Hell yeah! I loved Contra when I was younger. Always thought Arnold and Stallone should have made the movie.

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erwaso says:

yeah that would have been awesome in 1991. Now those two made some dumb prison movie for quick cash lol

bselandry says:

This is Freaking AWESOME!!!!! Thank you for putting this up and catching my attention on this you guys are amazing.

curl2k1 says:

I was gonna buy this until I saw those permissions. Talk about lazy programming... Ugh.

erwaso says:

what permissions are they asking for that feel invasive?

curl2k1 says:

Here's a copy/paste from the Play site. A bit much for just a game.

This app has access to these permissions:

Your accounts
find accounts on the device
add or remove accounts
act as the AccountManagerService
use accounts on the device
create accounts and set passwords

Your location
approximate location (network-based)
precise location (GPS and network-based)

Your messages
send SMS messages

Network communication
full network access
view network connections
change network connectivity
view Wi-Fi connections
connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
Google Play license check

Phone calls
read phone status and identity

modify or delete the contents of your USB storage

Your social information
read your contacts
read call log

System tools
change/intercept network settings and traffic
test access to protected storage