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Contra (DOS)

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Title Screen


Also known as: Gryzor (EU)
Developer: Banana Development
Publishers: Konami (US), Ocean (EU)
Platform: DOS
Released in US: 1988
Released in EU: 1988

TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.

One of the lesser-known versions of Contra developed for home computers, this version for IBM PC and compatibles (courtesy of the oddly named Banana Development) was actually published in the U.S. alongside the Commodore 64 version by Konami themselves. Not a particularly good conversion, due to its faulty controls, hence why it never went on to become a classic like the NES version.

Undocumented Command Arguments

At the command prompt, enter one of the following arguments to see the following effects:

Command Line Argument Effect
FX (US version),
NX (European Version)
Skip the intro and turn on invincibility mode.
FLF (US version),
NL (European Version)
Enable the following debug keys:
*Press F5 to dump the video memory to SCREEN.PIC.
*Press F10 to quit.
*Press + to go to the next level.
X Slow Speed (US Version).
S Super Slow Speed (US Version)
Toggle Sound off, but one can re-enable it with the F2 key (European Version).
L0# Replace # with a number between 1 and 9 to go to that level.

(Source: S & F Prod.)

Unused Quit Text

This is supposed to be shown when quitting the game, but it's rendered as black text on a black background. Therefore, it isn't visible without hacking the game.

       Game Over

...Thanks for playing...

<       Konami         >
< Banana   Development >

(Source: S & F Prod.)