|Dev: Compulsion Games|
|Pub: Focus Home Interactive|
|Release: November 15, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco|
The later portions of the game redeem themselves a bit, as the gameplay starts to better match up with the game's themes, and the player starts to discover the story's mysteries. Just as this interest ramps up, though, the game ends. It's a satisfying completion to the story, but it's not hard to feel a bit cheated from a gamer's perspective.
A talented cast of voice actors support the story well, but the promise of a jazz-infused soundtrack is a bit of a tease. There are a few nice pieces at the beginning and end of the game, performed by Didi's mother Kat. Otherwise, there is little to no background music to be had. The lion's share of gameplay time is spent in silence or with nothing but ambient sound. That could be excused if the game's sound effects were necessary for puzzle-solving, but they're not.
I dearly wanted to enjoy Contrast. It's the kind of game that is normally right up my alley, featuring puzzles, platforming, a stylish, historically inspired world, and an intelligent young female protagonist. It simply wasn't fun to actually play. Contrast would have made a delightful short film, but I'm afraid that it isn't a particularly good game.
Date: November 25, 2013