Not just your typical puzzle/platform game. Following the story of a young girl named Didi, you play as her imaginary friend, Dawn. Equipped with the power to slip between the physical and shadow world, you must help Didi on her quest to shape her family back together, while uncovering the truth about her biological father’s secrets.
Set in the 1920s, this story-rich game takes on a dreamlike noir atmosphere, accompanied with a cabaret and sultry jazz ambiance. I must admit that I loved the interesting concept, soundtrack and the voice acting which comes with the game as well.
The whole point of this game is to solve mind-boggling puzzles by manipulating light sources to achieve different shadow landscapes, while making use of real world objects to achieve your objectives. The game gets harder progressively, with the puzzles requiring quick reflexes and good hand-eye coordination for you to beat them. If you’re thinking to pick up this game, do also note to never exit the game unless it has been saved as a checkpoint. Doing so will result in you having to redo the previous 10-15 minutes upon relaunching the game.
Game play is a little hard to get used to at first. Due to being was unable to shift in and out of the shadows quickly enough, I plunged to my death every now and then. Thankfully, the game picks up from where you failed at, without having you to replay the whole darn thing. Once you get the hang of it, you only need to worry about your strategy and timing.
The story line and character development was probably the only thing which I felt could have been improved on. Personally speaking, I didn’t like Didi (which is sad since I am stuck with her throughout the whole game). She seems to be this rebellious brat who can’t seem to listen to instructions. She expects Dawn to accomplish everything without even offering a helping hand. Well she did help once or twice but it was nothing memorable. But then again, we wouldn’t have the story without out. So perhaps I’ll leave the rest of this rant to myself.
There were some glitches here and there, having me stuck in a corner being unable to move after attempting a dash. Had to replay the whole darn thing for 10-15 minutes before I returned to where I had left off. Other than this, no other bugs were found on my end.
I must say, this is game is a first of its kind for me. It took me a total of 4 hours for me to finish the gameplay, with a little help needed on a tough puzzle towards the end. It is a shame that Contrast was a short game cause I would have loved for it to be much longer. Sad to note that there is no replay value as well.
I wouldn’t say this is a must to play/own. However, it is an incredible indie game for gamers looking for a change. Highly recommended if its on sale!