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Contrast is an action game with platforming elements which focuses on light and shadow. It is set in a noir world based on the 1920s and the protagonist is Didi, a girl of nine years. She is the daughter of Jazz singer Kat Knight and has to deal with her parent's separation. The player takes the role of her imaginary friend Dawn who aids Didi on her way.

Her shadow acrobat ability is the central gameplay gimmick: Dawn can zoom in on lit surfaces. Then the game perspective switches from the standard behind-the-character camera to a flat view from the side and all shadows on the surface become platforms. All puzzles evolve around creating these shadows, e.g. moving a cart towards a wall makes the shadow bigger and allows to reach a higher point in the scenery. Because all characters except the two protagonists are only shown as shadows, those also serve as useful platforms.


Contrast Windows Learning the shadow mechanics
Contrast Windows Things get a bit out of control in the end
Contrast Windows You'll need to change between shadow and real world on the fly to cross some gaps
Contrast Windows The city is sort of floating in thin air

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Alternate Titles

  • "コントラスト" -- Japanese spelling

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Mouse n Joypad Xbox One Jul 13, 2014 76 out of 100 76 Windows Nov 26, 2013 76 out of 100 76
Gamegravy PlayStation 3 Dec 09, 2013 7.5 out of 10 75 PlayStation 3 Nov 22, 2013 15 out of 20 75 Xbox 360 Nov 27, 2013 75 out of 100 75 Xbox 360 Nov 18, 2013 15 out of 20 75 PlayStation 3 Nov 27, 2013 74 out of 100 74
Meristation PlayStation 3 Nov 25, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Nivelul2 Windows Mar 11, 2014 7 out of 10 70
Realm of Gaming Windows Nov 24, 2013 5.5 out of 10 55


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