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I spent a measurable amount of the early 90's playing Contra on NES. Admittedly, I lacked the manual dexterity at the time to beat the game without using the Konami Code, but now I can take another swing at it on Android. Contra: Evolution is the same game it was in the early 90's, but with a few extra elements.

Contra was indisputably one of the finest shooters of its era, but does it translate well to the modern mobile ecosystem?

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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.

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Aug
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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.

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Mar
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I love classic arcade shooters! Neon graphics, fast moving foes, and chirpy sound effects. That style takes me back to the days of playing Asteroid or Galaga on massive cabinets, where reflexes and planning were fundamental and a quarter only bought 3 lives. Spikepit Games brings some of that feeling back with Plasma Sky, but you can keep the change in your pocket.

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Like other entries in the Shmup (Shoot'em Up) category, you are in control of a gunship as it battles through an army of oncoming foes.

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Dec
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If you're old enough to remember a time when arcades blanketed the landscape, you probably also remember Raiden. This top-down scrolling shooter debuted in 1990 and attracted legions of fans. Now more than 20 years after it showed up in an arcade cabinet, you can play Raiden and its three sequels on your Android device courtesy of DotEmu.

This single download contains the original Raiden, Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters 2, and Raiden Fighters Jet.

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Nov
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Hyperwave is a fast paced space shooter that might look a little familiar to you. This same glowing neon style was used in Hyperlight, a previous game from developer CatfishBlues. The two look similar, but the gameplay is quite different. Your goal in Hyperwave is to defend humanity from the luminous hoard of alien attackers as they bombard the defensive shields. It's reminiscent of Space Invaders with a few key differences.

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Sep
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It seems like most deadlines in the wide world of apps tend to slip, but this time Glu Mobile was relatively true to its word. When CoD: Black Ops Zombies was released in early August, we were told that the Sony device exclusivity would last 30 days. Well, it's been just barely over that and the game has been opened up to more devices. If you've got zombie killing on the brain, this is for you.

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Mobile gaming is really great. It's just that it can be such a solitary experience as you're hunched over your device, the light casting an unattractive pallor on your face. But don't worry; the classic Amiga shooter Battle Squadron ONE from Cope-Com just landed in the Google Play Store, and it aims to make your gaming sessions a more social experience.

In Battle Squadron ONE, two players can take the fight to enemy forces in a top-down scrolling shooter.

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While World War II may not be the most original setting for a shooter such as this, Gameloft's latest game - Brothers In Arms 2 - is loaded with excellent graphics, multiplayer, and a price of $0. There is a slight catch to it being free, however; in addition to having ads, the game offers the ability to purchase "Medals" to unlock new features and gear more quickly, but this isn't necessary, and everything can be unlocked by gaining experience instead.

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