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.

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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.

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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.