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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 Using special move to pass through shadow walls
Contrast Windows The city is sort of floating in thin air
Contrast Windows Loading
Contrast Windows Attack of the Kraken :)

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Alternate Titles

  • "コントラスト" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews Windows Nov 26, 2013 76 out of 100 76 Xbox 360 Nov 27, 2013 75 out of 100 75
Absolute Games ( Windows Dec 13, 2013 75 out of 100 75 PlayStation 4 Nov 26, 2013 75 out of 100 75
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 27, 2013 72 out of 100 72
Meristation PlayStation 3 Nov 25, 2013 7 out of 10 70
TrueAchievements Xbox One Jun 27, 2014 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Realm of Gaming Windows Nov 24, 2013 5.5 out of 10 55
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov 25, 2013 54 out of 100 54
PlayFrance PlayStation 4 Dec 23, 2013 5 out of 10 50


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