Gryzor and Oceania distributed a game known by the name Contra in 1987. The game was a run and gun action game programmed and published by Konami originally as an arcade game on February 20th, 1987. The home version was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988, along with a few ports for other computer formats. Several Contra sequals where produced later in the life of the NES, and SNES. The name Contras, referrers to a group of CIA-Backed Nicaraguan rebels who were in the news often at the time in the United States around the same time.
Contra has a few varieties of playing styles. One of this is a mild 3D view where the player moves towards the background to advance in the level. Another was the well-known side scroller style, but was implemented to move left to right on some levels, and bottom to top on others. This was one of the few games that allowed two players to play simultaneously, with one player playing Bill, and the other playing Lance. Both characters have the same ability, just different outfits.
While using the D-Pad to move, and the A button to jump, the player can flip thru levels. Holding down on the D-Pad makes the player lay down, and then hitting the A button causes him to drop one level down. The player’s starting weapon is rifle. All the guns have unlimited animation, and are downgraded back to the rifle if touched by an enemy. There is four other guns to find by shooting power ups that appear flying in air, or inside pill boxes that have to be shot to release them. They consist of a machine gun, a laser gun, a fireball gun, and a spread gun. These all have good use in certain areas of the levels. Additional power ups can be found that will increase the rate of fire of the weapons, and a shield that protects the player from one hit.