No, this doesn’t involve Iran or Darwin; this is a different Contra Evolution…but it does have guns.
PunchBox Studios has brought another arcade staple to the portable screen with Contra Evolution. Like all good shooter games, take aim and shoot everything that isn’t you. There are enemies to eliminate and flying power-ups to shoot down and collect. If you fall off the cliff, you get to take a swim. Don’t worry, though; there are places from which you can climb out of the water.
And don’t worry too much about the shooting, either; you weapon constantly by fires by default, you just need to make sure you are pointing in the right direction.
Contra Evolution starts with access to two characters. If you earn enough points in the game you can unlock the additional characters. As always, you can use some real money to purchase extras in the game and speed the process along.
The looks and sounds are reminiscent of the classic Konami arcade machine. The virtual d-pad controls make for my only real gripe; having your thumb on the joystick blocks too much of the screen on iPhone/iPod Touch size devices. The left corner has the joystick for sending your hero in the desired direction and for aiming his weapon; the right side has the special attack and jump button.
The game may be played in either arcade or mission mode, and your scores for both are remembered and used to calculate what you have available to redeem for upgrades or for unlocking new characters.
Contra Evolution provides plenty of environments, levels and missions to keep you busy for hours. The arcade mode is challenging enough, and you can set the difficulty to “hard” if you really want to test your thumb twitching skills. At only $0.99, this is a natch for inclusion in your portable arcade. Even considering the thumb blockage, this is classic example of shoot-everything-action, and who doesn’t like shooting stuff?
Buy Contra Evolution
Seller: Beijing Chukong Aipu Technology Co. Ltd.
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Compatibility: iPhone 4/4S/5, iPod touch (4th/5th generation), iPad 2 through 4th generation), iPad mini
Price: $0.99 (with in-app purchases), Contra Evolution HD for iPad available for $2.99
Age Rating: 9+
Availability: Out now