The Android faithful have been eagerly awaiting the release of Contra: Evolution, but there were some irksome issues when the game finally launched last week. You could only install it on phones, and when you did, the list of permissions was a little bonkers. Well, both of those points have been addressed in a new update.

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Contra: Evolution can now be installed on virtually any Android device. It was a little bizarre that it didn't allow tablet installations seeing as a number of the phones it supported were higher resolution than some tablets. It's possible the developer was planning on making a separate version for tablets (and charging more money), which is exactly the situation on iOS. It would seem that isn't happening now.

The update also prunes unnecessary permissions from the app. The access it now demands is much more reasonable – no location services, for example. This should make the game an easier sell.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • flosserelli

    Contact email is still "[email protected]". Seems legit.

    • Amer Khaznadar

      You might want to research that company to find out why that IS absolutely legit. These guys do games for Disney and Gameloft among others.

      • flosserelli

        Thanks for the link. Since you know so much about them, how about some info on why the permissions were so intrusive to begin with?

        • Amer Khaznadar

          Since I don't have anything to do with the company, I can't really give you more than a simple guess.
          And my guess would be that someone added these permissions during development (perhaps a copy and paste) and they were just forgotten.

  • andy_o

    Hey anyone installed this? A couple of things. I just found out the hard way that there is no second refund (cause I'd refunded almost immediately so I have more time to sort out some trouble connecting the Six Axis). Also, it doesn't seem to work with SixAxis Controller. Meh.

  • Primalxconvoy

    Still no gamepad support, I see. Still, emulators are great and free, eh readers?

  • GryphKid44

    Removed from Play Store???

    • fabulosospucas

      Seems that way.

  • Alekh Khanna

    Not available on the Play Store ! Eh ? :S

  • Oliver Marshall

    It still wants access to all my phone calls and call information which seems a touch excessive.

    I'd love an explanation from the developers as to why these permissions are needed. Is it lazy coding, some hidden evil code or just someone ticking the wrong boxes when submitting the package to the play store.

    • Simon Belmont

      Probably due to inexperience with coding for Android. They left permissions in during development.

      My guess is they'll prune more permissions during the next update. Controller support would be nice, too.

  • Simon Belmont

    It's actually a good game. Worth the 99 cents, IMO.

    People complain about the IAP, but you don't HAVE to use IAP to play the game. Runs great on both my phone and tablet, now.