Work Avoidance Wednesday: Contra

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This week has been so hectic that I completely forgot what day was. Thankfully I remembered, and I managed to rustle up a quick distraction for you all. Welcome to Work Avoidance Wednesday, where we play ALL the games and the points don’t matter!

Today’s title is one that is forever cemented in my brain, and one that I expect every single one of you to recognise and remember. You can’t have had a proper childhood if you never played Contra. Seriously, this is a game that everybody needs to have played at least once in their life!


Released for the NES back in 1988 (the year of my birthday, hooray!), players took control of Bill Rizer and Lance Bean. Their job was simple: go forth and shoot and front-flip over everything that moved, whether it be foot soldier or giant alien bosses.

They had access to several weapons. There was the default pewpew, white-bulleted gun, which was surprisingly strong, albeit a little annoying to use. Then there was the machine gun, laser gun, and the all time favourite, scatter gun (I still think the S stands for shotgun ok). If a player ever picked that up, any progress forward was made a lot easier.


The trick really, was to avoid death. The screen was forever full of bullets and enemies. The game was notoriously hard back then, and still is today. Players only have 3 lives and a handful of continues to make it through to the end. HOW DID I EVER FINISH THIS AS A KID?

No, I never made use of the Konami code, I promise. I didn’t even know that existed until a few years ago (I’m a bad person, I know). I did try it with today’s game however, and couldn’t get it to work. Maybe you can? Up, up, down, down, left,right, left, right, B, A, start! It’s meant to be done in the title screen as far as I know. UPDATE: it doesn’t work on the original site I linked, but it does in this one.


Interested in playing? Do it right here.

To be perfectly honest, I’m going to spend the rest of the day figuring out how to get to the end once more. WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT? WHERE DO I PAY REAL MONEY FOR EXTRA LIVES?

Last Updated: June 10, 2015

Matthew Figueira

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