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Operation C (Game Boy)

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Description

Operation C is a Game Boy sequel to the popular NES titles Contra and Super C and is, essentially, a side-scrolling shooter. You play a Rambo-esque character that goes around shooting everything in sight, collecting weapon upgrades and bonuses.

The game introduces the character of Black Viper to the series' oft-jumbled continuity. Black Viper would later return in the Nintendo DS title, Contra 4, as the primary villain.

The game features only five levels, two of which are played from an overhead perspective similar to Super C. Operation C is also notable in featuring the upgradable Spread Gun (from three to five shots) and introducing the Hunter Gun.

There is also the occasional platform element such as jumping puzzles, moving platforms etc., and the mandatory end-level boss.

Screenshots

Operation C Game Boy First Boss
Operation C Game Boy This boss is pretty tough if you, like me, would have just 1 life left
Operation C Game Boy Stage 2
Operation C Game Boy Explosion

Alternate Titles

  • "Probotector" -- European title
  • "Contra" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Bad conversion of a real classic. Tomer Gabel (4416) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
An instant classic Elliot H (10) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

VideoGame Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) May, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Mean Machines Mar, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Player One Nov, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Total! (Germany) Jun, 1996 2 out of 6 80
Nintendo Life Aug 14, 2009 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Power Play May, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Nintendo Power Magazine Mar, 1991 3.7 out of 5 74
Portable Review Sep 21, 2006 29 out of 40 72
Interface 1992 62 out of 100 62

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Trivia

There were a total of five versions of this game released. The original Japanese version, an American version, a European version, a version included in the Japanese release Konami GB Collection Vol. 1 (a compilation of older Game Boy games with full Super Game Boy support for each game) and another version for the European release of Konami GB Collection Vol.1.

The original Japanese version, titled Contra, was in black and white and has a stage select mode as a default feature in the game.

The US version is titled Operation C and has the stage select disabled from the game. Instead, the player has to input a code to unlock it.

The initial European version was titled Probotector, was based on the US version, but it had the main characters and some of the enemies replaced by robots, much like the previous Probotector games released in Europe.

The version included in the Japanese Konami GB Collection, is almost the same as the initial Japanese, only upgraded with Super Game Boy support such as a custom border and limited color.

The version in the European Konami GB Collection is called Probotector, but unlike the initial European version, none of the characters were replaced and the stage select is kept. The game is upgraded to full color with GBC-support.

Related Web Sites

  • The Contra Headquarters (A hosted fan "shrine" site devoted to all the games of the Contra series, including the Game Boy game Contra. Content includes game info/descriptions, plot summaries, various kinds of media (images, MP3s, etc.) and links to other Contra-related sites. )
Tomer Gabel (4416) added Operation C (Game Boy) on Jun 11, 2001