If I wanted to play Contra, I would play Contra, not some shitty imitation that is only successful because of the nostalgia factor. But guess what, I DON'T want to play contra because that was a 2D sidescroller from the NES era. Don't get me wrong, Contra was fucking awesome back then, an extremely innovative game with tight controls that was fun to play, but now? Now there is thousands of games on Steam and XBLA that did what contra did better, WAY better. They tightened out the kinks of the game, the most noteworthy being that Contra wasn't hard, it was unfair. Enemies were not challenging, but you only had 3 lives, and once they were gone you were done. That's terrible game design and this game followed in it's footsteps.
The game is buggy, on level 2 if you go to the left you get stuck and have to restart and if you are on the edge of a moving green block and it switches directions you will fall. I'm no tester, but I'm sure there's more bugs to the game, that's just the ones I encountered in the short time I could stand playing it. I'm infuriated by people saying how good the graphics are, you do realize that a million indie games use this very style don't you? It's because it's really fucking easy if you didn't know, and this is shitty sprite animating to boot. I will say that the game has merely sub-par gameplay with it's shooting elements, even though they are relentlessly uninteresting. The sound is bad chiptunes that sound the same, I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same fucking song throughout the entire game really.
The worst part of this game is it's tag line "If you can't take how hard this game is then go play any other modern game". I'm angry when people think games made ages ago are superior to games now, but when people have the fucking GALL to say that Modern games are easier make me enraged. In the era of Dark Souls this statement has 0 validity. This doesn't even make sense in the creators twisted little point of view, this game was released last month!
In the end, there are games far worse then this on NG, and I don't think it's utter trash, I just don't like how people are praising it for no reason other then appealing to the 90's kid inside of you. The game has nothing new or interesting to offer, and fails at coming close to Contra, a game that it's desperately trying to be. The only Splatter this game is would be the one that a bird left on your car window. It's unpleasant, but once you get rid of it you forget it ever happened.