Gamers looking to drum up a bit of nostalgia this evening will be happy to hear that the official Contra game is now available in the App Store. The title actually first surfaced in the US App Store at the end of last month, but it was mysteriously and promptly pulled.

Apparently that May release was unintentional, as Konami and Punchbox Studios still had some finishing touches to put on the game. But it’s back in the App Store today, for good this time, meaning you can now grab Contra: Evolution for both your iPhone and your iPad…


From the App Store description:

“Contra: Evolution is the first official Contra game for iOS, bringing all of the run-and-gun action of the 1988 original with 21st century graphics and controls to the palm of your hands.

Bill “Mad Dog” Rizer and Lance “Scorpion” Bean are back to business fighting aliens in the jungles of South America–but can you survive one of the hardest games ever? Collect power-ups, unlock new levels and characters, and take on challenges in this arcade blast from the past. With updated HD graphics and future iOS 7 compatibility, get ready for a whole new Contra experience!”

And here’s a video of the game in action:

Graphics in the game are on par, if not a little better, than your average 80s-console-game-to-iOS port. The controls will seem a bit tough at first, but like anything else, you’ll grow used to them after a while. Overall, Evolution feels pretty solid and it has thus far been a joy to play.

Non critical Contra fans will love the game, as will the casual gamer looking for a decent side-scrolling shooter. The good news is that it’ll only cost you $0.99. The bad news is that’s just for iPhone. There’s a separate iPad game called Contra: EvolutionHD that’ll cost you $2.99.

Ok gamers, what do you think of Contra: Evolution? Has anyone tried Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A-Start yet?

  • Kevin Guzman


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  • up up down down left left right right start select…. that’s how i remember it. 😀

    • TuNuT

      No, you are wrong… Up up, down down, left right, left right, B A & Start 🙂

  • G Mohal

    reminds me of my old days..

  • Question

    This is alright.. I miss playing the contra game on the nintendo ds if only it was more like that..

  • Damian W

    I Remember when in 2 players you could steal/borrow another player’s life. Usually it was the unintentional stealing of life to tease the friend you play with.

  • Dani Hayes

    Ehh…my NES emulator is working fine. If and when I lose my jailbreak ill buy it.

  • Taf Khan

    Classic gaming… This rocks.

  • AteApple

    So sad coz i cant purchase this game. I love this game since i was child. How can i have it, i dont have any card to buy this game. 🙁

  • sam445

    But where is bbm for ios today is 27 june

  • I am definitely bookmarking this page and sharing it with my

  • Vishal Jain

    God bless KONAMI ,,/

  • Kawal Sam

    app Contra: no more work in iphone from last couple of month