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Available on:PlayStation 4Nov 15, 2013
Xbox OneJun 26, 2014
PCNov 15, 2013
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Compulsion Games

Genres: Puzzle, Platformer

Contrast is a 2D/3D puzzle/platformer, set in a 1920's vaudevillian, film noir dreamscape, full of cabaret, illusion and performance. You play as Dawn, the imaginary friend of a little girl, Didi, and you have the power to shift from the 3D world into a 2D shadowscape, by becoming your shadow. Didi’s family isn’t perfect – her mother is a cabaret singer focused on her career, and her father isn’t around any more. As her imaginary best friend, you must use your shadow shifting abilities to solve complex puzzles, in order to help Didi investigate the secrets that lie behind her troubled family.

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7.5 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Contrast is a game full of heart, beauty, and at least a few excellent puzzles.

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As its name suggests, Contrast is a game of light and dark: a puzzle platformer with two well-realised female leads that occasionally buckles under the weight of its own mechanics. It's beautiful in parts, but also a little broken; I admire it for the first and can almost forgive it the second.

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It'd be nice to say that at least it's something different but Contrast is far more mundane and derivative than it first appears. It's also a near farce on a technical level.

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Contrast has a lot of heart, but its protagonist and environments lack some soul. It's not the best puzzle platformer you'll ever play, but it's far from the worst.

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