"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
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The game has an amazing soundtrack that you can feel at the title screen, even before you do anything. It will be the first thing you will notice. The second one is it great visual and art from the 1920s. Every character and level are beautiful and the light and shadows effects are pretty nice. Them you get to know the story and, what a good plot it has, you will enjoy it even more when you get the collectibles and find the hidden pieces of information in the levels. The problems start when you actually have to make that jump, mixing the 3D and 2D gameplay the game brings. The controls doesn't respond very well and, I must warning you, you will fall to your death many times... There is only one thing that annoyed me more than fall a dozen times in a row, and her name is Didi. You have to do everything she says all the time, I mean, you must take care of her but Dawn could think a little for her own, it won't hurt. There are only one or two moments that Didi actually helps you and, after that she is your boss and you must just do what she says. That was the negative point for me. Contrast is a pretty short game, in about 4 hours you will achieve 100% on it. After all that I still recommend it for the experience, story and the great visual and sound it has, but not at full price, buy it on a special sale.
The unique gameplay mechanic (being able to switch between playing as a shadow and a ... normal peron) and great artistic direction are what sets this game apart from most others, indie or not. Though the story itself is pretty good, even more detailed if you take the time to collect everything, and the visuals are sound are pretty amazing (definetly capturing some of that early 20th century parisian atmosphere), the game is quite short even if you do everything, which is to be expected from an indie title (the difficulty is just right, not too hard, not too easy; the only problem with this might be the occasional bugs that you may encounter, which would make certain sections take longer). While not everyone's cup of tea, this type of game might just leave a lasting impression on you if you give it a try. I recommend buying it, perhaps on a sale, especially considering that even if you don't really enjoy it, it's short enough so that won't matter., and you would still enjoy the well-crafted stort and atmosphere.
Short Version: --------------------- + Nice visuals + Nice music + Unique game mechanics + Interresting puzzles + good story (not great, but ok) - Short playtime - Can get a bit frustrating if you have to try some things over and over again [ Hint for german people: ~ Voice acting is english, subs are german ] Recommended? Yes, but only if you can get it in a deal Long Version: ------------------- This games is something different... It's some kind of a puzzle game with a good story, nice visuals and great music. Didi wants to get her father back to her family and you have to help her. To do so, you have to fix some things and open the way where Didi is not able to get through. The interresting thing here are the game mechanics. You have to move objects in front of lights sources to change the shadows on the walls. Then you can step into the walls so that you can move along these shadows. You have to take objects with you when you are a shadow on the wall, to bring them to the place where you need them. And so on. Thats quite unique and a pretty nice idea. It is really fun, to figure out which step you need to do next, to solve all these puzzles. BUT: I finished this game in about 3 hours with almost all the collectable items (I missed 2 Items somewhere) This is a bit short in my opinion and this is the reason why I would recommend, to buy this game if you can get it in a deal and not for the full price. So if you can get it for cheap and you wanna try something different and you like to solve puzzles then buy this game ;)
When I first saw this game, it was on a GMG sale, not surprising as that's where I do most of my discovery...but when I saw the game dynamic, I had to get my hands on it. I enjoyed this game from start to finish, the only gripe being that it didn't last extremely long. There are some additional tasks you can go back for in order to unlock rewards, but not much. Considering that is an indie game, I'm not too concerned with the time taken to complete the game. Now I'm eager for a sequel title to Contrast, definitely one of my favourite indie's this year.
This game is extremely short in story but the way it tells the story and the simplicity of it's concepts are where it shines. Learning from visual hints, collectibles, and the dialog itself, follow the story of a family going through dark times and uncover the mysteries of who exactly your own character is. There are some bugs to this game but they aren't game breaking. In fact, I found most of them reminiscent of the bugs I encountered when playing video games in the ps1/ps2 era of platformers. They were refreshing and fun. The worst part to the game is definitely it's length and the air of unsatisfaction with it's ending that leaves you wanting for more.
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