Anyone who played video games in the late 80s and early 90s probably lost at least one frustrating afternoon to the original Contra. This run-and-gun shooter was the archetype for innumerable games that were to follow. Now Contra has been spruced up and deployed in Google Play to taunt you all over again.
For anyone who hasn't experienced Contra, it's a (mostly) side-scrolling shooter with a ton of power ups and no mercy whatsoever. Really, even the easy mode is pretty serious business. The original graphics have been scrapped in favor of a high-res reimagining. It looks true to the classic, but avoids that unnecessary retro feel. It also includes two new playable characters and a few new weapons.
Contra: Evolution is selling for $0.99 in Google Play, but there are also in-app purchases. Don't mistake the difficulty as an attempt to get you to spend money (although that might be the end result). That's just how Contra is.