CONTRAST is a puzzle/platform game where you can move between a fantastic 3D world and a mysterious shadowy universe in 2D in the blink of an eye. Delve into a dreamlike and surreal 1920s world, inspired by the performance art world of vaudeville and film noir, and cradled by a smooth and sultry jazz ambiance.
Datum vydání: 15 list. 2013
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11 února 2014

Hey everyone - Contrast is 40% off for the next 48 hours! If you've been waiting for a deal, now's a great time to grab it. Plus, you can help us eat for the next few months.

For those who are curious, the Collector's Edition content includes:

  • Contrast
  • A 52 page art book (displayed side by side, so 26 pages on a pdf), that goes through the background of how we created Contrast
  • The soundtrack to Contrast, including two original songs sung by Laura Ellis.
If you want to chat about the game or ask us any questions, please feel free to drop by the forums.

As always, thanks for the support!
- Sam

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Recenze

“The interaction is stellar”
IGN

“It’s as if Limbo and Bioshock Infinite had a baby while watching Pan’s Labyrinth”
VENTUREBEAT

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O hře

CONTRAST is a puzzle/platform game where you can move between a fantastic 3D world and a mysterious shadowy universe in 2D in the blink of an eye. Delve into a dreamlike and surreal 1920s world, inspired by the performance art world of vaudeville and film noir, and cradled by a smooth and sultry jazz ambiance.

In this universe, where the boundaries between showmanship, magic, intrigue and deception are blurred, you play Dawn, the imaginary friend of a young girl named Didi. You have the power to slip from the 3D dreamscape into the parallel 2D shadow world bound to it. Cast light on a shadowy story by manipulating light sources in the 3D world to distort, enlarge or stretch the 2D shadow world. Manipulating and shifting between light and shadow will be the key elements that you will need to use to solve our world of shadow-based puzzles and help progress Didi's story!

Key Features
  • Shift between the physical 3D world and the 2D shadow world, at any lit wall surface
  • Create unique shadow landscapes by manipulating light sources and real world objects, and use this ability to solve mind-bending puzzles
  • Experience a new story and world, exploring adult themes through a child’s eyes
  • Immerse yourself in a lush vaudevillian world of cabaret singers, circus performers, and magic

Systémové požadavky

    Minimum:
    • OS: WINDOWS XP SP2/WINDOWS VISTA SP1/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.3 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB VRAM, COMPATIBLE DIRECTX 9.0C AND SHADER MODEL 3.0, AMD RADEON X2600 XT/NVIDIA GEFORCE 7900 GTX
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: The Original Soundtrack and the Programme (Artwork, Dev. Diary) will be placed in your CONTRAST folder in the Steam Directory: ...\Steam\SteamApps\common\Contrast\CONTRAST_Programme-OST
Užitečné recenze od zákazníků
59 z 65 osob (91%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
2,008 titulů na účtu
11 recenzí
6.3 hodin celkem
This game is so damn fantastic it's nearly impossible to describe! You are back into the 1920s in a mysterious shadow- and dreamlike world. You are playing as a pretty lady with long legs, who btw can shift into shadows, and you are helping out the girl Didi on her adventure around in this fantastic world. Her mother, Kat, is the star of Contrast's cabaret and is incredible sexy, but has a complicated relationship to her husband who always ends up in bad situations. Vincenzo, the famous Illuminist, plays a big part in the world, and has some amazing light and shadow tricks that amazes everybody.
Besides that, it's filled with a smooth and sultry jazz ambiance all around in the game. And who doesn't like jazz? Move into the shadows and join the adventure!
Přidáno: 16 února 2014
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30 z 33 osob (91%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
980 titulů na účtu
62 recenzí
6.9 hodin celkem
Ok here is a game i have no problem in reccomending to anyone.
Great story,great graphics,great voice overs and a fantastic script all go towards making this game one that even though i have finished i will return to again and again as its play style is different enough and its story pulled me in to the point where i actually want to start from the begining right now.
The story is really mysterious as i was wondering who the main character was near enough all the way upto the ending (wont say as it will spoil the whole thing-but trust me i didnt think that she was who she was until the very ending),the whole atmosphere that this game creates puts you exactally where it aims to put you in the 1920s and really does do a good job with the music and graphics which really make you beleive the game takes place in that time period.The game play element of using the shadows as stepping stones and other means of progression works really well and at times some of the puzzles ivolving the shadows can get quite tricky (its been done before in some vein or other,but never this well),if i have one complaint its just that sometimes you think you have made a jump or climb and you feel that the game is somehow stopping you-but beleive me on closer inspection its either you havent set the puzzle up right or you are just mis timing your jumps (but it does feel like the game play mechanics are not working at that point but they are).
Like i have said the story is really good and is really about the little girl DIDI and her journey and how DAWN (your character) helps her progress through the levels and eventually to the conclusion of the story,that is both a facinating journey and an alltogether well rounded and well put together peice of entertainment.
I will say that the game is rather on the short side and unless you enjoy it as much as i did then after you finish it will be another game that will gather dust as its a single player game and when you finish you FINISH,but if like me you enjoy a good story with great gameplay and are looking for something a little different then go spend some time with this game and believe me you wont be dissapointed.
Přidáno: 1 června 2014
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19 z 19 osob (100%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
1,269 titulů na účtu
173 recenzí
2.9 hodin celkem
Contrast is amazing! Really incredible art, emotionally engaging story, and seriously fun shadow mechanic make this game something of a rarity. I can't express how underrated I think this game actually is. Granted there are minor technical hiccups and the game is short, but it was also made by a really small independent team, and none of the glitches I encountered were game breaking. All in all highly recommended!
Přidáno: 21 června 2014
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6 z 6 osob (100%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
563 titulů na účtu
7 recenzí
7.6 hodin celkem
[SPOILER ALERT]

Contrast is a small puzzle game which tells a story of a girl called Didi and her imaginary friend Dawn. The game starts in Didi's room while her mother is tucking her to bed. After she leaves Didi then runs out with her friend to sneak a peek of her show at a nearby club. When you enter the club called you accidentally stumble to a meeting between her mother and father. You then eavesdrop their argument and find out that your father is up to something. Didi then decides to follow him with her friend and find out what he is up to. You then start your adventure with the help of Didi and try to help her father and unite their family again. This proves to be more difficult than expected and there are many obstacles in your way.

Contrast is a combination of puzzle game and a platformer. You play the games as Didi's imaginary friend Dawn who seems to be invisible to everyone else except her in the world. Dawn has several abilities one being able to shift to shadows and shift any object in her hand as well. With this ability and your acrobatics skill you solve the games varying puzzles. The puzzles are rather simple but being able to shift to shadows gives puzzle solving a rather unique and fun touch.

The style of the game is very noir and reminds me of some of the old crime drama movies. The graphics are absolutely fantastic for such a small game. Even with lower settings the game still managed to look stunningly good even if a bit less detailed. The game is a bit fps heavy and occasionally the fps will drop low but this mostly happens when entering a new area. The soundtrack on the other hand was a bit of an disappointment since it didn't leave much of an expression on me. It fulfills its purpose and that's about it.

Conclusion:
This is a perfect game if you have few hours to spare and you still want to enjoy a good story. There is only few hours of gameplay and I managed to squeeze only 7 hours of gameplay even though I did a 100% run. Now this is not a big issue since I think the game still manages to deliver a great story with a perfect ending. The price is rather expensive for such a short game so you might want to wait until it is on sale unless you want to support indie developers.

Aesthetical/Visual Style: 10/10

Sound/Audio: 6/10

Gameplay: 8/10

Narrative: 8/10

Overall Score: 32/40 ~ 80%
Přidáno: 27 května 2014
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15 z 24 osob (63%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
235 titulů na účtu
11 recenzí
2.7 hodin celkem
The basic idea is new and interesting, which is why I voted for it on Greenlight back in the day. But in the end I can't recommend the finished game. Its main problems are:

Negatives:
- The gameplay constantly gets interrupted by cutscenes. And by that I literally mean every 10-20 meters of walking distance. It's as the makers couldn't decide if to make a movie or a game.

- Didis' dialogue and "hints" are often annoying and not helpful

-Setting up the shadows (by moving lights or objects) in a way so that using them for advancing is possible often takes longer than it should.

- The puzzles did not give me the feeling of achieving something by getting them right. They're pretty "meh"

- It's pretty short. I completed the game in 3 hours without dragging the playtime by doing all the achievements or finding all collectibles.

Positives:

+ The music is very good and fits the mood
+ The artstyle and character-design is nice to look at
+ No bugs, besides shadows very rarely glitching a tiny bit
+ The shadow-world is a innovative idea
+ Controls are alright with X-360 pad
Přidáno: 12 února 2014
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9 z 9 osob (100%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
595 titulů na účtu
19 recenzí
6.4 hodin celkem
Bojíš se vlastního stínu?

Nezávislá hra Contrast, je vcelku vkusná a zajímavá záležitost, s parádní myšlenkou.
Bohužel není vše dotažené, jak si tvůrci představovali.

V principu hrajeme za imaginární kamarádku malé dívenky a rozplétáme klubko příběhu,
využíváním stínů a interakcí s nimi.


- Mechanika světla a stínu -

Hlavní postava (3rd person pohled) Se na určitých pasážích, může změnit ve stín (tedy: vidím stín stolku na zdi, mohu vyskočit právě po jeho stínu, jelikož na samotný stolek reálně nedosáhnu)

- Hra se těžko popisuje, ale skvěle hraje, bohužel mechanika není dotažená a ovládání lehce zlobí
- Některé pasáže jsou naopak krásně zpracované, stínové animace, stínová divadla, to vše uchvátí.
- Puzzly svou obtížnost stupňují a collectibles dají také zabrat
- Interakce je založena POUZE na pohybování predměty pred zdroji světla tak, abych vytvořil stín,
který mi pomůže dostat se dál /výše právě skrze svou transformaci ve stín a využití zdí.
- bohužel, hra je jinak naprosto prázdná bez NPC a vzhledem k prostředí, které přímo vybízí k životu to zabolí.
- Soundtrack se nese v duchu barů 30.let, ale bohužel je málo využíván a často hra využívá jen zvuků prostředí.

Na poměry indie scény je to zajímavý, avšak nedotažený počin. Cením však snahu, i vizualizaci a čekám na next hru od vás hoši.

6/10
Přidáno: 14 ledna 2014
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