Contra Returns

Contra Returns

Contra Returns

Reignite the Battlefield: Fight like a warrior in this worthy sequel to the classic Contra series made in collaboration with Konami.

Conquer the Battlefield with Friends: Team up online, exam your teamwork skills, and take on the Contra world together.

Go Head-to-Head in Real-Time Combat: With fair competition and 3-second matching, enjoy exciting multiplayer battles online.

Tons of Gameplay: Experience all-new gameplay in the Team, Challenge, Story, and PvP modes.

Weapons Galore: Mix and match your arsenal and pair up different heroes to unlock new skills!

Official website: https://www.contrareturnsm.com/



Contra Returns Links:

iOS Link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/contra-returns/id1543657739

Android Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.proximabeta.game.contra&hl=en_US&gl=US

Company: Proxima Beta PTE. Limited

Genre: Action

Rated: 12+

Offers in-app Purchases

Hey Casual Gamers!  After 30 years of hiberation, Konami’s epic hit of yesteryear has arrived to your mobile phone!

Contra Returns brings back Mad Dog and Scropion with a crew of mercenaries to take on the aliens that haunted them so many decades ago.  Is this worth your casual time, or has time put this classic hit to rest?

Lets put in the magic code and dive into this casual review!


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Mad Dog and the crew are here to save the world once again!

Contra Returns starts off with probally the most epic opener I’ve ever experienced in a casual app.  The Contra Riff and action is almost enough to close the app and watch it again!

The tutorial is borderline over basic, but is worth it considering all the options and actions this casual app gives.

What really does it for me when it comes to Contra Returns is the additional charaters and massive storyline.  There’s a number of weapons to upgrade along with mercenaries to collect along the way.

As you level up, more modes of play unlock, this includes a one life challenge where you put your Contra skills to the test in a one life mission run to see who can get the furthest.  Definately not for the ones who use most of thier 30 lives up!


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Don’t forget to check daliy rewards!

I’m absolutely in love with the grpahics and look of Contra Returns.  This is a massive upgrade from even the Super Nintendo Contra entries.  Gameplay graphics come to live with short stages with an old school feel of a stage crawler shoot out.

Most weapons come with a video clip of how they fire, which is needed due to the variation of weapons.

When it comes to game design, I have mixed emotions towards it.  Stages tend to be rather short.  This goes well for casual gaming, but at the same time, I feel like it takes something away from the missions.  The boss fights tend to make up for the lack of stage.

Truthfully, it’s not a bad thing.  Most casual gamers don’t have the same setup where we can plop down, turn the channel to three and grind into the morning.  There’s enough stage to move around, try out a weapon and learn new moves before you go head to head with a boss.

Music & Sounds

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different modes of play pop up during missions

Turn the music up full volume and break it if you must.  Contra Returns does amazing with bringing back some of the old shcool sounds while delivering new tracks as you play.  I used to think that the opening screen to Contra was awesome, but the music in Contra Returns delivers on that awesomeness!

So I might be gushing a little over the music, but this casual app is enjoyable even without music.  There is a layer of excitement while playing with sound on.


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Be ready to use all weapons and abilities to win!

While I don’t have anything negative to say about the controls, there is room for improvement.  The biggest want I would have like to see on launch day is controller support.

Sure, you can map out a controller setup and it might work, but overall, Contra has always been the reason players became skilled with a controller.

Okay, maybe that’s an over exaggeration, but it does ring a bit true.

At the very least, there are ways to config the iphone controls.  The defualt setup works well for beginners.

The Power of in-app Purchases

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Weekly passes offer different ways to buy diamonds!

Cotnra Returns has a wealth of options to choose from when it comes to coughing up money.

Granted there’s plenty of free items to acquire while you play.  When the invetible happens, which I mean running out of stamina, there are options to choose from to restore it.  Waiting for the doctor to shoot out free stamina on an interval seems good.  There’s also a stamina boost when you level up.

If PvP is your cup a tea, you will more than likely be burning stamina to get weapon upgrade parts.  Get as many friends as you can via the chat room to do your best to not have to purchase stamina.

If you have to make the purchase, there are other options outside of making a diamond purchase.  There is a bonus for the 1st purchase, but i’d like to see how far free play will take me.

The Verdict

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Don’t forget to check everywhere to find free loot!

Overall, this was an absolute must to download!  Contra Returns gives you all the action the epic Konami title gave us all those years ago.  There’s some strange translation points and other minor issues, but it takes nothing from the gameplay.

I’m sure if you’re playing you will see my name in the chat, but I will also be waiting patiently for some updated controller support.  I mean it’s 2021, why isn’t this a thing already built in?

If you ever get tried of story mode, there’s at least five other modes that will help you dominate and increase your battle power.

It’s safe to say I might have found my newest casual obsession!

Already at the top of the PvP ladder and want to show us how?  Drop a comment in the section below and tell us what’s your favorite mercenary/weapon match!

Happy Gaming, and as always, keep it casual!

Contra Returns Overall Rating: 4/5

Contra Returns Links:

iOS Link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/contra-returns/id1543657739

Android Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.proximabeta.game.contra&hl=en_US&gl=US

Company: Proxima Beta PTE. Limited

Genre: Action

Rated: 12+

Offers in-app Purchases

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