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Contra: Evolution Arrives on Android for $0.99


Get your phones ready – it’s time for some 1988 arcade-style NES action. Contra: Evolution has arrived on Android this morning for $0.99. The game was originally ported to iOS back in June, but it’s developers have made this Android release sound like they used iOS gamers as testers to better this product for our platform. The Android version includes “tightened controls based on player feedback” and all of the “best parts of the original” that you’ll remember. 

Here is the feature list:

  • Gameplay inspired by the original Nintendo Entertainment System Contra game
  • Four unique playable characters – two classic, two new, and each with individual strengths and weaknesses
  • Classic arcade-style run-and-gun action across seven levels
  • Power-ups like the Spread shot and Laser boost your firepower
  • Stunning visual style powered by Cocos2D-x engine

To get a feel for its epicness, feel free to watch the trailer down below. Then, go bring back some childhood memories.

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Play Link ($0.99)


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  • umbrellacorp

    IN FOR FOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    wait. It’s cross device capable. I meant one.

  • flosserelli

    Needs moar permissions

  • morgan boyle

    make it available on my OG Nexus 7 and i’m in for 3!

  • fauxshizzl

    I will stick with an emulator and the original game. No IAP in there. And way more nostalgic.

  • Will Frame

    But $#!t, it was 99 cents!

    • Frettfreak

      LMAO!! nice

  • anezarati

    is this legit? the developer is punchbox studios and not konami digital entertainment

  • Respen

    According to the reviews, this is filthy with IAP nags. I’ll pass.

    • EvanTheGamer

      3.1…wow. Guess I won’t be buying this game either even if it is Contra.

      IAP needs to just go away.

      • Frettfreak

        IAP has got to be the worse thing to hit gaming… EVER. jsut let me buy the FN game for f sake! the WHOLE game. Its a mobile game and on thats 30 years old… why would it be worth more than a TOTAL of $3 investment?

    • Will Frame

      Now that’s depressing. I assumed that since it was a paid game, we wouldn’t have to deal with that BS.

      I hope people stop giving freemium games money so the model dies. I refuse to even download games that have IAP.

  • PhillipNorris

    I’m tempted to buy this just to try it with my Moga

    • New_Guy

      I have the MOGA pro as well. Let me know how it works.

  • rekem

    I’ll never take these games seriously until Android has official controller support. Touch screen controls stink.

    • slole1

      Agree. Hope Google is going to do an official controller so developers can write the code directly into their games. Hopefully the controller will have a Chromecast button, too. Are you listening to me Google???

      • rabidhunter

        I’m sure Google patrols this site regularly searching for suggestions 😉 Just having some fun, no hate.

    • nerds

      controller support has been built into android since 2.3.

    • Prox

      Controllers already work with Android. Look at Transformer Prime demo with Sony PS3 Controller.

      • fauxshizzl

        They work with Android, but the game itself has to support the use of them which is the main problem. Many if not most top tier games do not. Of course there is always the option to root and use the SixAxis app, but that is a bit much for most people just to enjoy a game.

    • rytyshy

      GameKlip + PS3 Controller + SixAxis Controller App… works great and haven’t had compatibility issues with any game (at least any that would benefit from a controller).

    • Frettfreak

      USB OTG adapter and xbox 360 controller work great. You can use wireless if you have the PC adapter for the 360 wireless controller too

    • New_Guy

      The MOGA Pro does house HID support though I’m not buying this IAP riddled game to test it out…

    • technicx

      Not sure if you tried connecting a PS3 controller to your phone/tablet..I used it a few times, it works but it can be ‘glitchy’ at times.

  • Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start

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      • everettedl

        Lol…nostalgic use of the word ‘board’. That took me back!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Swipe Up, Swipe Up, Swipe Down, Swipe Down, Swipe Left, Swipe Right, Swipe Left, Swipe Right, B, A, Start

      • artsr2002

        Swipe Up, Swipe Up, Swipe Down, Swipe Down, Swipe Left, Swipe Right, Swipe Left, Swipe Right, Volume Up, Volume Down, Menu.

    • BulletTooth_Tony

      Or; select, start. For 2 player.