Contra: The Alien Wars

a game by Konami
Platform: GameBoy
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 2 reviews, 3 reviews are shown
User Rating: 7.5/10 - 4 votes
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Contra: The Alien Wars
Contra: The Alien Wars
Contra: The Alien Wars
Contra: The Alien Wars

For the Game Boy, Konami's bringing their hottest action series to the portable format. Just like the Super Nintendo game, this one is exact in every way. In fact, even the scaling of that one plane is intact!

Take on the forces of Red Falcon in a fight to the finish. Collect power-ups, and blaze the entire screen with firepower. Aliens, sentry guns, and other terrors will make this one of the most intense shooters around for the Game Boy.

Contra: The Alien Wars continues the great Contra series, and is done justice on the Game Boy. If you want an exact translation of the Super Nintendo game, then this one is for you. Are you ready to start blasting some alien sleaze?

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Those brave, elite warriors known to you and me as the Contras, are back and ready for some more alien butt-kicking. Most of you gamers out there will remember that this adventure on the Super NES platform set the standard a few years back. All I can say is that Game Boy players are in for a real treat when this game makes its debut! Nearly all of those alien-roasting levels are here, some with different twists! Because we're talking about the G.B. here, expect it to play a little slower than its Super NES counterpart, though it's not something die hard G.B. players would notice. Great gaming on the go!

THE GOOD

Game Boy players will get their taste of Contra action! A truly amazing job. Konami!

THE BAD

The action gets so intense sometimes that you should have a Super Game Boy to play it!

THE UGLY

The humiliation you feel telling people you were beaten by a gigantic turtle!

Contra IV, one of the biggest action/adventure games for the SNB, is just now rockin' its way onto the Game Boy. Contra fans will be happy with this scaled-down version.

3,2,1... Contra!

All the elements of the SNES game are here, including the screen-filling bosses, the speaker-rocking explosions, and the gut-ripping weapons. There's even some color in this SGB version!

The story line, though secondary to the action, remains the same: You must find out where the Aliens are coming from and destroy them before they multiply. To help, you'll find floating weapon pods with Spread Guns, Contra Bombs, and Flamethrowers! The easy controls are limited to shooting and jumping, and the only drawback is your inability to change weapons.

Good Graphics

It's hard to believe that impressive explosive graphics were packed into such a small game. There's even the over head-view stage on the decimated freeways from C4. The visuals feature details a-plenty, though some annoying flicker occurs when an enemy is destroyed.

The sound kicks in for an added surprise. The music is steady and fast, and the explosions will make your GB shake!

A Soldier's Story

Contra for the Game Boy is a real delight! Action/adventure games don't get much hotter. If you're looking to dust off your Game Boy, Contra is the reason!

ProTips:

  • To nail the first boss, aim for the pod just below his neck. When it shoots, jump up a level, go back down and repeat
  • Shoot all the pods from the shell of this boss, then nail it near the head (where the gun Is shooting at you).

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