Contrast, a World of Shadows

by - Thursday, March 26, 2015

It's been ages since the last time I spoke of a game in here, my inner geek was giving me a proper scolding when she found out. Ever since I was squeezing my brains for some creative juices and getting nada. I didn't want to talk to you about games you already know, whose advertising budgets hit the tens of thousands and above. No. I wanted to introduce you to a game you probably haven't heard. You know, I'm talking of the indie sort and a personal favourite. 

I am not the sort of gamer who will pick a title solemnly on popularity. I pick the games I play based on storylines, environments and overall mood. I want to be able to immerse in it, not just to kill time. This is one of the many reasons why I love Contrast. 

Why do I love it that much you ask. I'll try and explain. 

Imagine a surreal, almost dreamlike 1920's setting, inspired by the performance art world of vaudeville, dressed in film noir attire and cradled by smooth, sultry jazz ambiance. There's a cabaret, an illusionist, a circus and then there is Dawn, the character you play, all sprinkled with a touch of magic. Dawn is the imaginary friend of Didi, a young and adventurous girl with family problems who asks for her help. So far so good, but it's the way Dawn helps that make this game interesting and this story unique. She has the ability to slip from the 3D dreamscape into the parallel 2D shadow world bound to it. Yes, you read that right. The character you're playing has the same ability the One Ring gave to its bearer, only you're going to be in a much different setting to that of Tolkien's universe and, lucky for you, no Sauron in sight!

The game falls into the quiz/platform category, so get ready to sharpen your mind solving some of its riddles. Before you even press play though do yourself a favour and listen to the song playing while at the main screen of the game. It's called Kat's Song, performed by Laura Ellis and it's the perfect moodsetter for the whole experience. Compulsion Games is the studio responsible for Contrast, whose love and hard work created this artfully unique game. I'm grateful. 

There is only one thing the game is lacking and that is more content. Unfortunately if you're the sort of gamer who loves to play for hours upon hours, then you may have to make additional plans for that day, as the whole game can be played in an afternoon.

Available on PS3, PS4, XBOX 360, XBOX One and Steam, I suggest you buy the Collector's Edition and benefit on the game's wonderful soundtrack as well. Don't say I didn't warn you! 

Until next time,


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