Developer(s): Compulsion Games
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Platforms: PC/Steam, PS3, Ps4, Xbox 360
Compulsion Games really made sure that the players of Contrast are instantly captivated into a 1920’s atmosphere. In game, the player dashes through the world of Contrast in the viewpoint of a young girl’s imaginary friend, Dawn. The plot of the game follows Didi – the young girl –in making moves to help her father find his success in the world and to reunite her family once again. The perilous deals with an illusionist, The Amazing Mr. Vincenzo, and a few mobsters lead to different disputes that arise throughout the story line.
While playing as Dawn, the player can manipulate different shadows throughout the game. The player is able to manipulate different light sources and objects to solve various platforming puzzles; which also jump between the 3D and 2D spectrum. The different people that Didi interacts with, on the other hand, cannot see Dawn and Dawn can only see their shadows; making this game becomes extremely unique with each levels design. The debris areas of the world really offer perfect opportunities as a platformer game. What also helps is the connection between a 3D platformer and a 2D platformer when the game plays with the ability to venture into a shadows perspective.
Although the ideas of each platforming situation and the puzzles are extremely creative, I experienced numerous problems with slipping into the 2D shadow platformer sections of the game. It often forced me back into the 3D world which caused more of a problem within certain sections of the game.
The beautifully 1920’s styled song drags you into the ambiance of the game instantly from the title screen. From then on, it only gets better as the music continuously plays at a calm, peaceful background atmosphere for the play to enjoy. It also maintains the setting of the game as the player runs from puzzle to puzzle within the game. Personally, I found the music to completely compliment the detailed aspects of the Contrast world entirely, making the scenery even more captivating and enjoyable.
Overall, Contrast is game that contains a beautiful atmosphere, an attention-grabbing story line, and it contains a few creatively crafted puzzles.