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.
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Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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July 21

Price Drop and Standalone DLC!

Hello everyone!

Ahead of the launch for We Happy Few we are excited to announce that we are permanently dropping the price on Contrast from US$14.99 to US$9.99 on all the platforms (Steam, Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3 and Nvidia SHIELD).

We are also (finally) offering the DLC as a standalone upgrade to Contrast for US$5.99 (Steam only), which contains:

Shadow Music
A Soundtrack to Contrast: Enjoy the digital version (MP3) of the 16-track original soundtrack, featuring the lovely Laura Ellis. Every track is featured in the game and highlights our unique world, atmosphere, and style.

Contrast Official Art Book
The Art Book explains the background to the game, including the conception and production the game, official art, unused concept images, and the story behind the music and sound. And pictures of all of us who worked on it. Look out for Sam, he’s really handsome. Also a bit deluded, but what can you do.

Contrast was our first game and we hold it close to our heart. If you didn’t get a chance to play it, it’s a good way to understand what led up to We Happy Few and to take a glimpse into the Compulsion world :)

Team Compulsion

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

About This 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

    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.3 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 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
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Great game! I loved the mechanic of switching into and out of shadows. Projecting a light through a gear and then climbing its' shadow to an otherwise unreachable place was awesome. It is also a short game which is nice for us older players who have kids and a 40 hour work week. Great game! Good Story. Enjoy!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
A puzzle game where you become a shadow to traverse shadows on walls to complete various objectives helping a little girl named Didi to solve various problems she has.

+Clever puzzles
+Good atmosphere
+Interesting characters

-Can be buggy at times
-Controls can be akward sometimes though this isn't a problem most of the time
-Very short

I did enjoy this game, but it ended far too soon. My advice: Pick it up during a sale. It is worth playing, just not sure if it's worth the full price.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Beautiful game, brilliant concept and its implementation. I'm also satisfied with conclusion of the story and the plot elements.

+ Lovely main character
+ Fluid gameplay
+ Easy to learn
+ Easy to get 100% completion
+ Good puzzles
+ Relaxing
+ Decent atmosphere and concept
+ Music <3

- Game crashed few times, dunno why
- I know it's her character, but Didi talks TOO much -_-'
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
It's good, but you should know what you're getting into. This is not a head-scratcher. This is not a sprawling adventure that will fill hours of your life.

This is a charming, light puzzle game that you'll finish in a couple hours (In my 3h of playtime I've even got all the achievements, and I had to replay a section for one of them). For its price, I think it's more than worth it, however.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Contrast is one of those games that are unique in every way.
I am met with a noir themed game that I always crave & found myself playing a full run through of Contrast.

I really don't want to give away anything from the story as I thought it was brilliant and should be discovered by the player.

Enjoyed just about every moment of it (except 1 or 2 puzzles took me too many frustrating goes but I got it after about 10 minutes)

A great idea to jump between the 2D & 3D world (or should I say 4D).
Loved the music, just bought the soundtrack & will be reliving the 1920s atmosphere once again.

Definitely recommend to all gamers. For a game under 4 hours, you won't walk away disappointed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
This is Psychonauts played in a smoky jazz club in Dark City. Highly recommended.
Platforming puzzles only ever get mildly frustrating, and the story is interesting. The game is short enough to not outstay its welcome, and there is an interesting back story in the collectibles.
Worth playing for the Princess shadowpuppet level alone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
I can never tell when a game will click with me. Contrast is one of those that I didn't think I'd like, but I did.

The setting of the game is well-realized: art nouveau/art deco with a jazzy early 20th century theme. It was a fantastic change of pace from the usual common game themes, and it was well done here.

As well, the mechanic of shifting into and out of shadow to complete platforming tasks was a neat twist on the usual platforming mechanics. I'm not a big fan of platformers (and this game didn't change my mind) but the novelty of this at least made it feel unique and somewhat fresh.

The story was a nice noir concept, and it doesn't get in its own way with crazy twists - it exists and is fairly comprehensible, while suiting the game and its mechanics.

As for downsides, I found the gamepad controls to be a little "loose" and slippery - movement felt overly-sensistive to me, and I sometimes had trouble controlling my jumps. There were a few puzzles that are not intuitive, but that's OK I suppose - the game isn't meant to be a complete cakewalk.

I'd definitely recommend this if you're in the mood for something unique and noir and platform-y: 4 out of 5.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Short cute little puzzle, not that hard to figure out.

If you see this game discounted, buy it!

As some people already mentioned:

+Clever puzzles
+Good atmosphere
+Interesting characters

-Can be buggy at times
-Controls can be akward sometimes though this isn't a problem most of the time
-Auto-Saves are not perfect.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
This Game is amazing the controls could be better but overall its a great game so far and I love the music
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Good game (definitely worth the sale price), but it has no AA, which really hurts the graphics (which are very good, along with the art style). If you have a 1080p monitor and a decent video card, just play it in 4K. I rarely dip below 60 fps.
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3.6 hrs
Posted: September 28
I loved this game. So much fun to play! The music a great and so are the graphics. I would reccomend this game if you are into puzzle/platform games.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
/Bioshock + Talos Principle + Limbo = Contrast.

Amazing attention to detail, Contrast sets itself apart from almost all the other puzzle games. The nod to Bioshock and Limbo was beautiful!
The devs clearly care about this game and it shows!
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3.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
The style of Contrast is right up my ally - it's beautiful, mysterious, slightly eerie and reminiscent of Ye Olden Times romanticism. That combined with the amazingly original premise of playing as an imaginary friend accompaning a little girl living in a world of shadow people made the game a really unique experience. There's something infinitely thrilling in running along the walls as a shadow, climbing even on the shadows of others.

Unfortunately, that's where it stopped for me, but it could well be that I want this game to be something that it's just not. It's essentially a puzzle game, but I personally found that most of the "puzzles" were incredibly easy to solve and the story itself, as much as there was one, was pretty linear, complete with average-to-poor voice acting, thus leaving me wanting more. The full price of Contrast isn't much, but I still have to say that there isn't much content even for that price point - I completed the game in a bit over 3 hours, and that already included several re-dos of some of the sections. I imagine that if one is not as tippy-tumbles as I was, the game is easily completable in 2,5 hours.

Don't get me wrong - I still recommend it (especially when it's on sale) to people who like puzzle games for it has a truly unique style, but I personally just feel like the idea of this game has such potential that it's almost kind of wasted here and I would have loved to see it developed to a full-length game with a bit more depth.

All 'n' all a solid 7/10 for what it is, 5/10 for what I wish it would be.
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3.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
Cool game, nice concept and great music (if you like jazz music, you'll love the atmosphere). I recommend to buy it on sale tho because it's really short, it took me less than 4 hours to complete it 100%.
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Billy the Kid
6.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
Great game and extremly fun. Really insteresting idea of gameplay.
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16.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
I'm having a hard time recommending this one.

- Feels a bit unpolished
- Controls can Bea bit tricky at times,the protagonist pops in the non-shadow world

- A bit short, for the price
- SimplePlatforming
- Mediocre story

- Beautiful design
- Short enough to not get dull and repetative
- Noir setting

All in all I'd say wait for a sale and get it, if you like the art design and you're at least somewhat into puzzle platformers.
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3.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
one of the best games I have ever played. the music, artistic graphics, genius gameplay and a very modern and emotional story makes this game a hit of success. highly recommended.
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thief of freedom
4.1 hrs
Posted: September 23
I really enjoyed the game play and puzzles. The art work was amazing. I enjoyed the story, a bit of mystery here and there and it kept me busy for a couple of hours :) I would recommend this to anyone who likes a puzzle challenge. This game reminded me to think outside the box. Contrast gets a BIG thumbs up in my book.
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4.5 hrs
Posted: September 22
Great concept, great visuals... but is it worth its price?

Contrast is a fun single player Platformer with the great concept of switching between 3D and 2D. At one moment you wander around in the colourful yet desaturated noir style world, when you have to plunge into the nearest wall to let your shadow finish a certain puzzle. For me, the visuals, and the way certain parts of the game are changing throughout the level was pretty cool.

While providing 2-3 hours of gameplay (depending on how skilled you are as well as how much time you spend exploring), Contrast tells the story of the girl Didi Malenkaya. In the 3 acts provided, the player gets to play as Dawn - Didis imaginary friend - and learns a bit about their past as well as discovers new details about Didi and her family's past. While not being the most complex of stories ever told, it's still an interesting tale that gets completed by gethering collectibles throughout the levels.

The puzzle and platforming elements themself are pretty well executed but sometimes lack of difficulty. I do know, that Contrast was not intended to be an overly difficult game, yet some parts seemed just too easy, while some had the perfect mixture of difficulty in figuring out what to do and actually doing so. Sadly, like in many other games, there were one or two plain frustrating parts in the game, when the objective was figured out quickly, but the execution took a lot of time because of "bad" level design or more often bugs.

As just mentioned, bugs were one of the only negative aspects of the game. While (most of them) most of them were not game breaking, they were pretty constitant throughout the game. By that I mean, wierd clipping through walls (that can be performed on purpose to get some stuff earlier), gettig shot out of the wall when being in 2D or getting stuck in places you shouldnot reach. For me, especially the Pirate Cove part was a bit of an issue as I got stuck in some of the ships placed throughout the level several time withozut being able to get out again. Because of this I had to repeat the level three times, as Checkpoints are sometimes set a bit weirdly.

While being a bit short and having some minor flaws that could be fixed "easily", 10$ might seem a bit pricy, but in my opinion, when bought on sale, Contrast is a great gaming experience, if not for just it's Shadow Puppet part and general visuals alone.

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4.1 hrs
Posted: September 21
Wonderful game. I've only ever had one problem with the game and that was being booted out of it and having to start over due to a corrupted save file.
All in all, very good.
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