The Konami classic Contra came to Android last year, but despite the healthy dose of nostalgia, Contra: Evolution wasn't an awesome experience. The introductory price was $0.99, but the gameplay was bogged down by in-app purchases. Now the game has gone free, and the IAPs have been tweaked a bit.

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As we all know by this point, Google doesn't have a mechanism for a paid app to go free then return to paid. So, this change is forever. Contra: Evolution seems to still have the same basic unlock rules, but the assortment of IAPs is a bit simplified. There aren't as many items to purchase up-front, but you're still dealing with a pricey dual-currency system.

We reached out to Konami PR to see if this was going to erase any purchased content like Tiny Thief did. The response was a bit cryptic, saying that was very unlikely. If you feel you have lost access to content that was purchased, make sure to get in contact with the developers. With no barrier to entry, Contra: Evolution might be worth checking out. Don't get to excited, though – it's still got issues.

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.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Too bad the game is still crap

  • Matthew Fry

    Ah man, don't bring up Tiny Thief.

    • flosserelli

      They didn't call it "Tiny Thief" for nothing.

  • Dalvik

    Can't they just remove all those 'BUY' buttons? My eyes hurt

  • SetiroN

    I should stop buying games.

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    Play stage 1 of this game, then get a NES emulator and the original Contra ROM, play the first stage there...you now know everything that is wrong with this game.

    • LifeChoicesMan

      Could you elaborate?

      • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

        sure, here let me show you:
        Contra Evolution boss 1: http://youtu.be/9WtGc2aDedo?t=1m38s
        Contra (NES) boss 1: http://youtu.be/xITbEpWr75k?t=1m12s

        EDIT: click the links, don't watch here in the comment

        Watch the full videos if you want a more detailed example.

        • Matthew Fry

          Oh! I see what you mean. They don't have buttons to buy powerups in the original and they don't even congratulate me on beating the level. Is there even a way to share my score on Facebook?

          • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

            I was referring to the part where the new one feels extremely dumbed-down and uninteresting (that's why I said compared the first boss in the videos).
            ...and while this is a subjective criticism, I also think the original looks better than the new one

          • Matthew Fry

            Sorry. My sarcasm didn't translate well through the Internet :) I was trying to point out how much they forced and shoved all of these worthless mobile concepts into a retro classic that was perfectly fine to begin with. Kind of like those HowToBasic videos on Youtube.

            It looks like firing rate and movement speed were reduced and it makes the boss battle takes about ten times longer. As far as visuals go I don't think it looks worse, just different. I definitely do not like the cluttered interface.

  • Mike

    That sounds fun. Does the recent update read like this:
    * Beat the game all over again with new game mechanics based on different initial/IAP prices

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  • http://mobers.org/ psydex

    Still sucks...