Contrast was one of the first PS4 games to come to Playstation Plus, and I’m really glad it did, otherwise I’d have never played this quite unique game.
The game itself was a combination of a puzzle game, and a platformer, with quite an interesting story to wrap it all up.
You play through the game as Dawn, an imaginary friend to a young girl called Didi, and you have the ability to shift from the physical world to the shadows and back again, helping you to get to areas otherwise unreachable. On occasion, you do have the ability to change the location of the light source through moving projectors, spotlights, and even signalling a lift which really do add to some of the puzzles.
The game itself is quite simple, the story will suggest, we need to do a, by doing b, and once complete, you move on to the next area. Most of the puzzles were utilising the shadows to get somewhere, to pickup something required in the physical work, or getting to a lever or button to move on to the next area.
As you progress through the game, Didis’ story is told through the form of silhouettes on whatever the backdrop is in the area you are in. I found this quite a refreshing way of telling the story. One thing that slightly threw me was the person who voiced one of the main characters, Elias Toufexis (Adam Jensen from Deus Ex: Human Revolution), as he played a very different role in this, and required me to pause the game and work out where I’d heard the voice before.
The game is very easy, and without too much effort, you should be able to get through the entire game in under five hours and that’s with all trophies collected. Just to point out, there are only 21 bronze trophies in the game, and no platinum. Finally, don’t get to hung up on picking up the orbs, if you have the minimum required for what you’re trying to do, don’t worry about picking them all up, as there’s no trophy or reward for collecting them all.
Approx Time taken to beat – 5 hours
Difficulty setting – n/a
Score – [Rating:4/5]
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