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"Contrast is a game full of heart, beauty, and at least a few excellent puzzles." - IGN.com
CONTRAST is a puzzle/platform game where you can move between a fantastic 3D world and a mysterious shadowy universe in 2D in the blink of an eye. Delve into a dreamlike and surreal 1920s world, inspired by the performance art world of vaudeville and film noir, and cradled by a smooth and sultry jazz ambiance.
In this universe, where the boundaries between showmanship, magic, intrigue and deception are blurred, you play Dawn, the imaginary friend of a young girl named Didi. You have the power to slip from the 3D dreamscape into the parallel 2D shadow world bound to it. Cast light on a shadowy story by manipulating light sources in the 3D world to distort, enlarge or stretch the 2D shadow world. Manipulating and shifting between light and shadow will be the key elements that you will need to use to solve our world of shadow-based puzzles and help progress Didi's story!
Shift between the physical 3D world and the 2D shadow world, at any lit wall surface
Create unique shadow landscapes by manipulating light sources and real world objects, and use this ability to solve mind-bending puzzles
Experience a new story and world, exploring adult themes through a child’s eyes
Immerse yourself in a lush vaudevillian world of cabaret singers, circus performers, and magic
Enjoyable platformerMarkDeejay | April 24, 2014 | See all MarkDeejay's reviews »
Contrast is a stylish platformer that doesn't entirely manage to convince. Let's start with the graphics. They\re quite stylish, '30-'40's style, but they're also a bit dark sometimes. As a result fine details aren't sometimes clear enough. Nothing gamebreaking but a bit disappointing. And while the game makes you think the world is open there's usually only one correct path to follow. You can run around a bit and try to collect orbs or collectibles, but it's nothing fancy. Where Contrast shines, however, is the fact that it allows the main character to use shadows in order to solve puzzles. It's unique and usually works quite well, but there were a few times where the game got glitchy, getting the character stuck in the environment or switching to your 3D form while still using these shadows. There's also a story which is actually fine, just not very well realized. There's a connection with the little, physical girl but whenever there's a shadow conversation it's hard to connect with these characters, because they're just that; shadows. The music is actually well done, with some nice jazzy tunes in it. The voice acting is also done extremely well for a game of this caliber. The game ended after about 3 hours, which gave me mixed feelings. I kinda wished it was longer, but, you know, bigger and better. But because it's not I was actually glad it was over. It felt a little bit too gimmicky. Which is a shame, because you can clearly see the game was created with passion.
Unique noir platformerw0rdvirus | Jan. 31, 2014 | See all w0rdvirus's reviews »
Contrast is a unique platformer shifting between 3D platforming & 2D platforming via shadows. It really is an interesting idea, and it is implemented very well. It has a great noir theme and an amazing art style. It is not perfect there are some minor glitches, but nothing that I would say is game breaking. Also, it is a quite short game. Despite this it looks really cool and is a very enjoyable game. I would recommend this to fans of platformers, especially if you are looking for something a little different. It might not be for everyone, but I think it would please most.
Step into a world of light and shadowNumbi | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all Numbi's reviews »
Contrast might not be the longest game that I have ever played but it does have a very unique concept and some very pretty graphics. The game combines 3D and 2D elements for the puzzles and platforming along with creative use of light and shadows. The soundtrack is pretty good and my only complaint is that I wish there was more of the game as it was all over within three hours.
Unique But ShortElstumpo | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all Elstumpo's reviews »
Contrast is a highly ambitious game which just falls short of being amazing. The gameplay is unique and interesting given that the game allows you traverse between the real realm and the shadow realm which greatly changes how the player would interact within the world compared to a game which is just in the third dimension or just in the second dimension. While the puzzles are integrated nicely within the world you are placed in, the game is rather short taking me just under four hours to complete the entire game.
The aesthetics and charm of this game brings back the feeling of a platformer back from the Playstation One era, however the game often has issues explaining the story and world to the player which is mainly due to the game being so short. However if the player is keen on collectable hunting, collecting as many as possible can give some very interesting and subtle insight onto details the story does not wish to make obvious.
The voice acting feels stiff sometimes and often repeats itself, more often than not having the child explain to you where to go despite you already knowing where you have to go. However the voice actors in themselves are believable and well done, each reflecting the character nicely.
Despite being a short game, 15USD is not a steep asking price for what this game offers if you are looking into a unique platformer. That being said, I would recommend waiting until a sale since 15USD can buy games with a lot more gameplay.
Contrasting game..XGpredator | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all XGpredator's reviews »
Contrast is more it describes itself . Although several strengths do various problems, the overall feeling is very positive. It is also for this we regret that lifetime is so short. Nevertheless, although we sometimes feel the impression that the universe is a little underused, we will delight in these subtle references to cinema of the 20s, the exquisite artistic touch and especially a concept well understood and controlled with puzzles cleverly thoughts.