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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.

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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!

Key Features:

  • 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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Focus Home Interactive
Compulsion Games
Focus Home Interactive
Friday, November 15, 2013
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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Minimum Requirements
  • OS: Windows XP SP2 / Windows VISTA SP1 / Windows 7 / Windows 8
  • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.3 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
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Reviews for Contrast

Nice game, unique game mechanics, but a bit too short

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 ;)

Well Thought Out

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.

Excellent Plot, Some Bugs

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.

Fun and unique, yet unpolished

Contrast is a fun, arty, and unique game. It has an original feel to it and looks very pretty the entire way through. The game is only about 5 hours long, but tells a great story and you have fun the whole time. However, the one thing that keeps this game from getting a score in the 90s from me is the programming. The game has many glitches in it that should have been easily spotted by the developers. From characters being able to walk through each other, to your character getting stuck in parts of the environment (which causes you to have to load your last save point), to certain camera angles allowing you to see inside your character, to your character floating above the ground sometimes, this game really needed some more polish before being released. Another thing that cause me to ding the score was that you cannot manually save your game and the save points are way too infrequent. When I got stuck in the environment via a glitch and had to reload my most recent save I had to replay 10 minutes worth of puzzles. This game is a good game and is absolutely worth playing, just know what to expect and you will have fun with it.

Showed potential, lacks finish.

Great design mechanics and ideas, with an incredible artistic vision, but execution is lacking. The game feels far from finished. I really wanted to like this game. I enjoyed for what I got to play, though can’t help being frustrated by the abrupt end in around 3 hours of gameplay, as this game could have been so much better. I recommend only on a deep discount.

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