Contrast was the very first Playstation 4 game that I got to play when I was at this year’s E3. I liked how a small indie game like it was able to find a home on Sony’s (then) next gen system. As one of the launch titles for the PS4, Contrast provides something a bit different for those who don’t need a game with super graphics to satisfy them.
Contrast takes place in a pseudo 1920s world. You play as a woman named Dawn who is supposedly the imaginary friend of a little girl named Didi. Didi has Dawn help her aid her deadbeat father who never seems to get anything right. As the story progresses, you learn more about Didi’s parents and why things are so distorted in this world of theirs.
Contrast is a platforming game with a twist; you have to use shadows to help you achieve your objectives. To do this, you must become a shadow to get around or use light to create shadows to help you get to places. The mechanics are pretty simple but the puzzles presented can get a bit complicated at times. You won’t be racking your brain trying to solve any particular challenge but some take a bit of thinking to figure out. The actual controls can be somewhat spotty but not to the point where you’d want to break your controller out of frustration.
Contrast isn’t as visually impressive as some other games currently out for the Playstation 4 but its unique art style definitely sets it apart. The noir style fits the tone of the game and the muted colors are handled perfectly. The world has a lot of floating debris and objects which also lend a weird, otherworldly vibe to everything.
Contrast is a solid title and a great addition to the Playstation 4 launch lineup. It isn’t that difficult and it has a very eye pleasing art style. The story’s subtext about children having to pay for and repair their parents’ mistakes was interesting as well. This title isn’t a “must-own” but it is one you should check out.
Contrast was developed by Compulsion Games and published by Focus Home Interactive. It is available now the PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and Xbox 360.