The Expendables Gets The 8-Bit Contra Clone It So Richly Deserves

Step into the boots of action stars Jet Li, Sylvester Stallone, and Jason Statham, in an 8-bit Facebook action game based off of their upcoming movie, Contra The Expendables.

You have to like a movie that brings together some of the greatest action heroes of all time into one testosterone-coma-inducing parade of shooting, punching, and kicking, and you have to like The Expendables: The Video Game.

No really, you HAVE to like it, or else you won't be able to play the Facebook application, and while I would say you could just go play Contra instead to get the same vibe, you'd be missing out on a few cute tweaks on the theme and possibly a chance to win movie swag.

I've played the game with Statham and Jet Li so far. Statham throws knives, with a power-up that lets him scatter the knives in three directions. Li gets a bit more complicated, kicking, spinning in the air, and throwing shurikens like there was a sale at Shurikens R' Us.

It's very Contra. Perhaps not as complicated. There are only three levels, and two of those end with you having to kill a trio of guys standing on exploding gas cans, which seems like a silly place to stand. The third ends with a boss fight against some guy who hops around and looks terribly out of place.

Winning the game with all three characters unlocks some sort of special, The Expendables-related thing, and getting a high score on the leaderboards could win you movie swag.

But first, you have to like The Expendables. If you don't, nothing I have to say about the game matters.

The movie will be out in theaters next month.

The Expendables 8-Bit Game [Facebook via The Kartel]