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Congratulations! You've designed the best run-and-gun platformer in the universe. Consider yourselves heroes. J. P. Gray (120) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
20 years later, Contra still shines like a brand new shell casing. DarkBubble (376) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A freaking good old action shooter Bregalad (968) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
If you haven't played this game yet, I feel sorry for you. Jeff Koerner (38) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Contra, No Iran ETJB (480) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
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Overall User Score (97 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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„Probotector“ ist eines der Ballerspiele, die gnadenlos süchtig machen. Tolle Soundeffekte, hervorragende Graphik und abwechlungsreiche Level machen dieses Spiel sehr empfehlenswert!
The game is a blast to play, as it is very satisfying mowing down enemies and challenging the unique stage bosses, which aren’t just cookie-cutter, but are all very different, requiring different strategies to defeat. Presentation is top-notch with excellent stage themes, sound effects, and graphics that get the job done. The very fun, two-player, simultaneous mode is the icing on this already delicious and nearly flawless cake, which players will enjoy at a riveting pace.
Retro Game Reviews (Dec 27, 2014)
The smooth controls, impressive level design and variety are key to what makes Contra such an amazing game. The addition of co-op play is a huge plus for an NES title and Konami should be applauded for making a game that is practically flawless in all areas.
Questicle.net (Aug, 2011)
is it a good game? Yes, I think so. Even if I set my nostalgic blinders on pause, I still feel it’s worthy of most of the praise heaped upon it. As a two-player simultaneous action game, it’s up there with Double Dragon II and Turtles II for non-stop chaotic fun. As a one-player game, I can see how one can get sucked into the challenge of trying to beat every level, first with the Konami code, then with a mere three lives. Besides that, Contra still looks, feels, and plays wonderfully.
Video Game Den (Apr 16, 2012)
Konami has a fine tradition of producing quality games, and Contra, I believe, has gone above and beyond their call of duty, and is a criterion of precise gameplay mechanics and intense shooting action. A must have.
NES Player (2001)
Contra is phenomenal fun that can’t be overestimated. It’s one of the best NES games and a testament to the NES library. A must-have masterpiece.
The Video Game Critic (Oct 31, 2005)
Well-executed pseudo-3D shooting levels elevate the game to the next level, and the bosses are immense but never frustrating. This game is challenging - the standard three lives is hardly sufficient - so don't hesitate to use the popular 30-life cheat code (Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start at title screen). Contra is a classic NES shooter, and one of the definitive titles for the system. Konami released a sequel called Super C.
I’ve remarked that the presentation isn’t mindblowing. But it’s always easy to see what is what, and the soundtrack includes some of the catchiest melodies ever heard in a game. This title simply has no known weaknesses; just pick it up for a few bucks on Ebay. You’ll sing the very same tune.
Retroage (Feb 06, 2009)
Rok 1987. Konami wydaje na automaty grę pod tytułem Contra, rok później swoją wersje dostają posiadacze NESa. Jest to najsłynniejsza część tej kultowej serii. Słyszał o niej praktycznie każdy gracz, a nieliczni którzy nigdy nie zagrali to margines niczym uczciwy poseł czy rzetelna reklama. Port na 8 bitową maszynę Nintendo nie był jedynym. Swoje konwersję dostały jeszcze komputery, ale te odsłony nie uzyskały już takiego rozgłosu i nie są tak rozpoznawalne.
Joystick (French) (Apr, 1991)
Probotector est un jeu indispensable, alors qu'est-ce que vous attendez ?
1UP! (May 11, 2002)
De par ses continus très limités (3) et ses vies très restreintes (3), Probotector est un jeu très dur, mais pas infinissable, bien au contraire. Son challenge se révèle passionnant pour qui a la patience de s'y essayer de nombreuses fois jusqu'à en connaître par coeur les pièges et savoir comment passer chaque situation périlleuse de la manière la plus efficace. Et à ce titre, le fameux code secret Konami, haut, haut, bas, bas, gauche, droite, gauche, droite, B, A et start, qui fut presque communiqué en même temps que la sortie du jeu constitue un curieux stimulant. Grâce aux trente vies qu'il confère par continu, le jeu est alors beaucoup plus simple ce qui en fait l'un des titres les plus conviviaux à deux de la NES, surtout si vous jouez avec de moins bons joueurs. La possibilité d'emprunter des vies à son camarade est en cela une merveilleuse idée.
NES Archives (Mar 15, 2008)
Contra is one of the most popular titles for the NES and the definitive two-player simultaneous game. If you like shoot ‘em ups then this game is a no-brainer. Otherwise, it is still worth owning but not a top 20 type of game.
Random Access (Dec 24, 2010)
This game is, essentially, one of the reasons why NES owners are, even to this day, proud to be NES owners. The NES had such a rich library, and Contra sits among them as one of the best (and one of the most difficult, although in my opinion, there are equally difficult games in the bunch -- StarTropics, Zelda II, Double Dragon III, and even the dreaded Yo! Noid come to mind...) But if you love your shooters, do your best to get your hands on this. You can either seek out an original cartridge of the game, or failing that, a port of Contra is available on the Nintendo DS game, "Contra 4" (alongside the sequel, "Super C").
NES Times (Jul 27, 2007)
Contra is an all-out joy to play, a classic that has held up well over the years. The game is well-designed, the action never gets old, and the addictiveness ensures you'll keep coming back to this one even after you've beaten it. This game is also a good 2-player title, if you remember to stay together. While others may like the sequel more, Contra is still one of the top NES games of all time, perfect for old-fashioned blast-athons.
Grâce aux trente vies qu'il confère par continu, le jeu est alors beaucoup plus simple ce qui en fait l'un des titres les plus conviviaux à deux de la NES, surtout si vous jouez avec de moins bons joueurs. La possibilité d'emprunter des vies à son camarade est en cela une merveilleuse idée. En même temps, il permet, seul, de bien se familiariser avec le jeu dans son ensemble et après avoir enchaîné parties sur parties pendant des jours voire des semaines, de réaliser soudain qu'on est prêt à le finir sans le code. C'est là que le vrai défi peut commencer.
As an overall package, you'll be hard pressed to find a game that better designed than Contra. It's videogaming, the way it should be defined in Websters. "Video Game: Non stop, adrenaline pumping action between a player and a computer. Requires lighning fast reflexes and ridiculous amounts of button presses. See also: Contra"
Power Play (Dec, 1988)
Bis vor kurzem gab es in Deutschland kein gutes Ballerspiel für das Nintendo — das ist jetzt vorbei. Obwohl das Spielprinzip von Contra nicht gerade taufrisch ist, macht es einen Heidenspaß. Vor allem zu zweit ist die Hölle los. Das Spiel wird mit zwei Spielern nicht etwa einfacher, sondern eher etwas hektisch. Wenn der andere alle Leben verloren hat, kann er seinem Mitspieler ein Leben abzwacken. Vom verschneiten Planeten über einen durchwachsenen Dschungel bis zum sauberen 3D-Effekt bekommt man einige grafische Leckerbissen geboten. Die sechs großen Levels bieten genügend Spielspaß für lange, heiße Joypad-Sessions. Fazit: Ein Contra gehört in jeden Haushalt. Mein Nintendo wird auf jeden Fall in nächster Zeit damit bestückt.
Nintendojo (Apr 21, 2005)
One of the most solid packages for which a modern gamer could ask from Nintendo’s legendary machine. Contra is an excellent multiplayer title, an excellent steam releaser, and an excellent game overall. Go get it!
Video Games (Mar, 1991)
Bei Probotector haben die Programmierer von Konami den goldenen Mittelweg zwischen Lust und Frust gefunden. Das Spiel ist nicht gerade leicht, aber immer wieder herausfordernd und keinesfalls unfair. Grafisch wird das Nintendo Entertainment System hervorragend ausgenutzt. Jede Menge Sprites machen den Bildschirm unsicher, ohne daß es zu störendem Rucken oder Flackern kommt. Die Hintergrundbilder steigern sich von Level zu Level und bieten viel Abwechslung. Mal wird man von einem Schneesturm, mal von einem gruseligen Ober-Alien überrascht. Wer ein fantastisches Ballerspiel sucht, wird mit diesem Modul hochzufrieden sein. Probotector gehört spielerisch und technisch zum absolut Besten, was im Action-Genre derzeit für diese Konsole angeboten wird. Der Zwei-Spieler-Modus ist besonders empfehlenswert; wenn Ihr zusammenarbeitet, kommt Ihr im Teamwork auch etwas weiter.
GamesCollection (Aug 12, 2010)
Contra ha un ottima giocabilità, unisce divertimento e frustrazione allo stesso tempo; bisogna quindi usare il cervello oltre che essere abili per superare i vari Stage, e non saranno certo le prime vite perse e i primi Game Over a farvelo mollare. La grafica e gli effetti sonoro sono semplici e le colonne sonore di buon livello. Il divertimento aumenta giocando in cooperativa. Un titolo che consiglio a tutti. All'inizio sarà dura, ma una volta presa confidenza con i comandi, distruggerete i nemici senza pietà. Non lasciatevelo scappare.
Megablast (1992)
Etwas leichter und sehr viel unterhaltsamer sind die Probotectoren im Zwei-Spieler-Modus, den man jedem Ballerteam dringend empfehlen kann. Beide Games zählen eindeutig zu den Action-Highlights auf dem NES, wegen ihrer erstaunlichen Ähnlichkeit dürfte aber eines. davon genügen. Praktisch, was?
Classic-games.net (Jun 23, 2017)
Technically the Japanese version is superior but not to the extent that you should feel slighted for buying the US release. After reading about the differences between versions of so many games in magazines like EGM and especially Gamefan I thought it would be interesting to do a comparison for myself. This was just a curiosity, nothing more.
Classic-games.net (Jun 05, 2017)
As one of the first run and gun action games for the NES Contra set a standard that all subsequent games in the genre would follow. Even today it remains highly playable and is a blast to run through in quick sessions. Relive the magic for a few bucks and experience a piece of gaming history, you won’t be disappointed.
Cubed3 (Mar 05, 2006)
An excellent example of the 2D shoot-em up genre, and one that inspired not only its successors but also a whole host of competing titles for years to come. There really isn’t anything to else to say, if you like modern interpretations of this kind of game then you could do a lot worse then taking a look at where it all began.
If you love action, Contra is for you. If you like dying, Contra is for you. It’s not easy, although some make it look like it. I had to practice over and over to beat levels, but with the overall game so short I didn’t mind. There’s no difficulty curve, I found that the challenge was generally the same for every level unless you made the mistake of switching weapons.
Mean Machines (Jan, 1991)
The problem with this is that it's not particularly challenging. It takes a few goes to get used to the slightly ropey control method, and after that it's simply a case of blasting your way through the pretty weak alien defences. It's fun at first, due to the fact that you can get pretty far into the game, but once you've completed it, it all gets rather predictable. Gryzor fans might enjoy the action, but really you'd get far more out of something like Snake, Rattle 'n' Roll or Megaman 2.
Pixel-Heroes.de (Jan, 2004)
Contra auf dem NES ist um einiges einfacher ausgefallen und weist viel längere Levels als das Original auf. Mit mehreren Continues, sehr viel Übung und etwas Glück ist es auf alle Fälle zu beenden. Die Grafik ist für die NES-Verhältnisse wirklich als gut zu bezeichnen und gefällt mir persönlich sehr. Der Spielfluss wird hier nur ab und zu durch einiges Geflacker gestört. Die NES-Umsetzung ist auf alle Fälle mit dem Spielhallenautomaten gleichzusetzen.
Probotector entpuppt sich als Ballerspiel der gewöhnlichen Art, was aber den Spielspaß nicht mindert. Grafik und Animation sind in Ordnung, der Sound geht so.
Two-player contests are always in demand, because most video games are designed for a solo gamer. Contra is doubly welcome, because it is a truly outstanding action epic.

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