This edition of Nostalgia Game Review takes a look at the Konami game, Contra, for the NES. As you can see (especially by my past few reviews), Konami made a good amount of well-known NES games. This game was released in 1987 and was one of the hardest games to ever come out for the NES. After all, you get only one shot until you lose a life.
Difficulty aside, this game is well-versed in interactive maps and weaponry. The power-ups you get in this game are diverse, ranging from a flamethrower to a spread shoot (perhaps the most useful power-up in the game). You go through eight stages, trying to eradicate an alien race threatening humanity.
This game had an arcade version, which featured more animated sprites of Bill and Lance, the two playable heroes in the game. This was due to the NES's graphical limitations. The game also features "3D view" stages, where the player infiltrates a base to progress. The bosses aren't complex to take down, but offer different ways of fighting.
The gameplay is nice and easy to pick up despite the game's difficulty. There's even a "Konami code" for players who've never played Contra before. You can get more lives or even an infinite amount of lives if you're struggling with the game. The game is a test for the most hardcore gamer, but is a crash back into reality for the casual gamer. If you like a good challenge and aren't afraid of taking a risk or two (or three or four), Contra is the game for you.
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