Quick Review : Probotector (NES) (The European Version of Contra !!!)

My Contra journey ends at the beginning…with the European version of Contra! Yes, us Europeans didn’t like violence in video games in the 1980s. Instead of two musclebound heroes shooting legions of a foreign army, here we have two robots shooting…other robots! However, that doesn’t detract from the sheer thrill of this game. It’s the shortest of the three, but it’s just as difficult (apart from the disappointing last boss). Continue reading

Quick Review : Super C (NES)

It’s strange, going from a video game sequel to its predecessor, rather than vice versa.  Before purchasing the NES Classic, I always wondered what came between Contra and Contra III (strangely, the NES Classic doesn’t have the original Contra included…). It seems to me like Super C is often forgotten in favour of its precursor and its sequel, but make no mistake about it, Super C was just as exhilarating, thrilling and downright frustrating as Contra III, to no surprise. Continue reading

Quick Review : Contra III – The Alien Wars (SNES)

If I had played this game straight through without dying, the total game time would have been well under an hour. As it was, I spent merely 3/4s of an hour replaying a particular section until I beat it. As with Castlevania, the appeal is in the challenge, not the longevity. And I was positively hurling my SNES Classic controller in frustration from Level 2 to Level 6 (yes, it only has 6 levels!). Continue reading