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Probotector / Contra Hard Corps - Megadrive

Discussion in 'Retro Gaming and Vintage Computing' started by Pawnless Endgame, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. Pawnless Endgame


    Joined: May 10, 2004

    Posts: 10,571

    Location: Sunny Stafford

    A friend of mine got given Probotector for Christmas 1994, which makes this game 25 years old now! I had trouble finding out info online about this, and eventually it turns out that it was also called Contra Hard Corps. Which was the most common name out of the 2? I suspect my friend had a regional copy, maybe from Japan?

    It was my all-time favourite Megadrive drive game. I liked that only 20% of the game was "trash mobs" and the other 80% was a steady influx of bosses. Some very imaginative and some outright trippy.

    It had 6 levels. 1, 3 and 4 were always the same however you played it, then there were two different level 2s depending on a decision that you made. Then you had to make another decision at level 5, so the decision there and the one you made earlier gave you 4 different permutations of level 5 (and the subsequent level 6 and end-bosses). Then each had its own ending for the game. There was also a secret ending on level 3 which ended the game early.

    The range of weapons was good too. 4 different robot characters to choose from and they shared the same basic weapon then each had their 4 unique weapons on top.
  2. paradigm


    Joined: Aug 26, 2003

    Posts: 34,865

    Location: Staffordshire

    IIRC it was changed to robots to get around German censorship issues with violent video games at the time.
  3. naefeart

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 26, 2004

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    Location: Aberdeen

    Never played this on the MD, but I grew up playing Super Probotector on the SNES, one of my favourite games. If they are similar, I'll need to check it out.
  4. HeX


    Joined: Jun 20, 2004

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    Location: Huddersfield, UK

    Yup was going to say, only remember Super Probotector. Was OK, but alway thought of it as a poor mans Turrican II :D
  5. naefeart

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 26, 2004

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    Location: Aberdeen

    What? That's scandalous talk. Pretty sure Turrican was single player only too. You need to play SP again and revel in its awesomeness :p
  6. ShiWarrior


    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 18,501

    Location: Oxon

    i had Super Proboterctor on the SNES (UK)

    amazing game, value of this is off the charts now, very rare