Reviews and Problems with Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX
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A Contra conversion that leaves much to be desired
Diogo Ribeiro, MobyGames
11 June 2005
Conclusion: Blast from the past An unfortunate truth of the game Gameboy Advance system is that it’s apparently doomed to endure companies who forget about creativity and churn out ports of older games, with the occasional change made to give it a breath of fresh air while still attempting to draw in gamers...
Pros: Easy to play and get into. Fast and fun side-scrolling action. Very good conversion of classic Contra levels. Co-op mode. A nice opportunity to draw in new players to the series.
Cons: Some changes made streamline the game too much. Level arrangement is a pastiche of different sources, which destabilizes the continuity. Short game, and a bit too easy. Save system isn't intuitive. Wasted potential on a half-made conversion rather than a full game conversion or entirely new game....
Summary: Contra was an excellent game back on the SNES, and its amazing they can now fit it on a handheld, with all its fancy graphic effects, but i warn you - Its INSANELY difficult!! Only one weapon can be carried, smart bombs are none existent, and setting the difficulty to easy makes it more fun to play,...