It played a little weird for me. I guess it has just been a while since I have played a side scroller, but the controls were very responsive, although I kept having a hard time shooting down.. but overall a very enjoyable game.
Contra 4 will make you throw your DS, punch your walls, kick your dog, and bring a smile to your face all at once. This game is not for those people who get angry when they throw an interception in Madden or lose a race in Mario Kart. This game will make you pay for not being fast enough or hesitating at any given time. Contra 4 doesn't look gorgeous but it isn't a bad looking game either. The explosions are fun to watch (don't watch for too long or you'll be dead)and the environments are varied. The real fun is in the gameplay. Difficult has been the operative word to describe Contra 4 and with good reason. This game is beyond difficult. Be prepared for many restarts and do-overs. To give an example, you'll feel so close to the end of a level at one point and still have six lives...great! Well within fifteen minutes those lives are gone and you need to restart all over again. This game is much like brick breaker, it's fun to play at any given time but takes nearly forever to perfect...good luck.
If you look at my title it says Fun at First and Boss Fights eeeeeee....... When I mean fun at first I mean its only fun for a day or 3. I got bored of it in 3 days. This game is really fun and it doesent involve the stylus that much. the controls are quite simple and let me say that this was my 1st time playing contra. The boss fights get really stressful when you dont know what to do. But when you start to think about it you shall defeat the level. Anyways the game is really fun they could have used the stylus more and added in more stuff like upgrading guns and a more choice of characters and making up the names for them. So I give this game a 4/5