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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 There's an operating carousel below casting all sorts of moving shadows
Contrast Windows Collected one of luminaries
Contrast Windows You'll need to change between shadow and real world on the fly to cross some gaps

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Alternate Titles

  • "コントラスト" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews Nov 26, 2013 76 out of 100 76
Absolute Games ( Dec 13, 2013 75 out of 100 75 Nov 15, 2013 15 out of 20 75
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov 27, 2013 72 out of 100 72
Nivelul2 Mar 11, 2014 7 out of 10 70
Realm of Gaming Nov 24, 2013 5.5 out of 10 55
GameStar (Germany) Nov 25, 2013 54 out of 100 54
Factornews Nov 28, 2013 5 out of 10 50


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Patrick Bregger (256920) added Contrast (Windows) on Jan 26, 2014
Other platforms contributed by Patrick Bregger (256920), GTramp (67493) and Sciere (706759)