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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.
Release Date: Nov 15, 2013
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Contrast 40% off for the next 48 hours!

February 11th, 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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Russian Localization added!

December 12th, 2013

Hey everyone

A small but very important update today - we've added Russian localization! You should now be able to select Russian alongside the other languages, and it should default to Russian if you system language is set to Russian too.

So, for our Russian players, Здравствуйте! I'm sorry it took so long to get this out; next time, Russian will be a much greater priority.

There are also a few minor bug fixes, and the game should be running pretty smoothly for you now.

Feel free to leave any feedback in the comments or in the forums.

Cheers!

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Reviews

“The interaction is stellar”
IGN

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

Collector's Edition


Files will be downloaded in you Steam folder - check the access path in the system requirements.

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About the Game

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

System Requirements

    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
Helpful customer reviews
262 of 269 people (97%) found this review helpful
136 products in account
1 review
4.1 hrs on record
Just finished playing the game; about 4 hours to complete. All achievements and collectables unlocked.

This game was an absolute pleasure to play. It's a short indie game telling a mature story of a young girl and her broken family trying to come back together as they make painful choices, solve difficult situations, and all the while unraveling a mysterious tale of science & intrigue closer to the heart than expected.

I absolutely understand this may not be for everyone... but the deciding factor I believe we should all consider is this is a very affordable, small-team, indie game worth experiencing. That said, the amount of storytelling I experienced was amazing.

If it is worth anything, I have a background in animation as a storyboard artist... I am especially keen to stories that feel "thought through" from start to finish, and not merely trying to get to certain moments or even the climactic finale just for the sake of it. This story has scenes from the whole way through that truly made my wife & I get pretty darn sad (yes, she cried & I was close at the end). Stay for the end...

The difficulty is quite easy, and that may throw some people off... in my opinion however I enjoy story over challenge, so making all the collectibles glaringly obvious throughout only made me focus on their content and how it intertwined with the story rather than the pursuit. This is very subjective, so those looking for a hard time may be turned off. I've read here & there some having troubles with the shadow puzzles; this again is a tough one, as I got through all of them pretty easy... the most I spent was maybe 20-25 minutes on the last act's few big ones... still, the visuals and little rewards you are given with wonderful voice acting or visual design was well worth it.

Speaking of voices, the acting was tremendous. We especially enjoyed the voice of Didi, as child voice overs can sometimes be a hit or miss.

Visually the game is an absolute joy to experience. Didi and Dawn are interesting, and I even grew to love the wonderful silhouettes of the characters around them. The soundtrack is very well thought out and you can clearly see the sound & visuals were designed hand in hand to compliment each other.

I know reviews can be a subjective mess for some, but I hope this helps in whatever way it can! I'm a pretty level-headed, patient man who really appreciates good art & story. If this isn't your cup of tea, I again remind you it was a fifteen dollar purchase that definitely wouldn't make you regret the experience.

I'm not a hardcore "anti-big publisher / developer" gamer, but I do want to say, humbly, that games like this make me so hopeful and excited about indie games. They provide an intimacy and patience in story I don't see often enough in the AAA titles.

Very best regards,
DDCP
Posted: November 27th, 2013
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90 of 101 people (89%) found this review helpful
343 products in account
1 review
6.6 hrs on record
Contrast is a mixture of dark noir atmosphere and puzzle-platforming adventure. One of the real treats of the game is the music - perfect jazz and sexy voice of Kat Malenkaya (what a nice character name). The main theme reminds me of a song "I wish you love" from "Eye of the Beholder" and Jessica Rabbit's "Why don't you do right". It is so romantic, sensual and emotional. Dawn is a very interesting main character (now I want those striped leggings), but I want to know more about her, her mysterious story was not fully told. Contrast is a game full of beauty, the dialogs make you sympathize with characters, 1920's Paris, the lights, burlesque and the circus are absolutely gorgeous. There are couple dissapointments - the movements (jumps) are glitchy and the game is too short. Thats it. For me - it's definitely worth playing.
Posted: November 19th, 2013
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44 of 53 people (83%) found this review helpful
88 products in account
1 review
12.5 hrs on record
★★★★☆

The game was enjoyable, so enjoyable I got everything thus far. But it isn't perfect. The controls are noticably stiff at times, but one can argue that this is purposly design because your character is walking around in heels. Not much opened endedness, which seems like it should but you are stuck on a one way path. But, the good things about this game is the platforming sections and it's unique "shadow" mechanic. The platforming feels like it wasn't just a another "ok, let's just put this here, that there, and this over there" kinda platforming. I honestly felt like I was playing in a Banjo and Kazooie style platforming, something crafted over time and really thought about, not just something crafted in a few minutes. The story is kinda there, and not. Your character is utlimately ignored in the main story, only a few people will talk about your character. But they never provide much information about you, and your character never talks either...so that doesn't help with this mystery about your character. The game can be done in a matter of minutes, or a few hours, it all matters on your skill level and how fast you are capable of beating platformer games. But, I will tell you this, you won't regret this experiance if you liked banjo and kazooie.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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47 of 58 people (81%) found this review helpful
1,494 products in account
1 review
12.7 hrs on record
I love this game. Original concept and beautiful aesthetics. There are a few glitches here and there but you can easily ignore them. You won't regret purchasing this game a must buy :)
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
117 products in account
1 review
3.2 hrs on record
You might to be in doubt if this game worth its price. It's kinda high for a puzzle/platformer, yes. But besides it's a great adventure (the entire game is in 3D world, 2D is a part of puzzle resolution) game in dark, jazzy ambiance of luminous and glamorous Paris.
Contrast is a great, unordinary idea, beautifully executed. I strongly suggest it, especially for those, who likes solving puzzles. :)
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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Awards

"E3 Best Indie Game" - IGN
"E3 Best Indie Game" - Jeuxvideo.com
"E3 Best Indie Game" - EGM