Publisert: 24. desember
There aren't that many games which would make me (or anyone) say "Wow that was cool" after they come to an end.
This one did it to me!
Contrast is an innovative game, taking some well known video-gaming genres and making from them something we haven't seen a lot lately (if at all), with its main downside of being very (!) short and perhaps a little rushed.
The main "punch" of Contrast is the you'd play around not only in your old-regular 3D world but also in the shadow world, yes, you'd step into a wall and become your own shadow.
Sounds simple, but fortunately Contrast doesn't just use the one and only gimmick it creates in order to try and make itself a good game, but also wraps it with some great graphics and sounds, interesting characters and a moving story in an exceptionally good noir atmosphere.
Too bad you can easily finish this game in about 3 hours, and if you like to take your time like myself, and explore every corner.. You may reach 6 hours. No more.
The game is also mostly not very challanging, and despite the interesting gameplay you can easily rush through the game, most of the time. And when you have some difficulties it would not necessarily be because of a challanging puzzle, but because some minor technical issue, as you may notice that the game and its mechanics aren't 100% polished.
I'm aware that the developers are new, independent and small company. But at some points I did wonder whether that's the reason for those few and usually minor flaws in Contrast, or simply because it was too rushed.
Anyway, it doesn't hurt badly to my appreciation for this game.
Because of its great artistic values, because of it being new and unusual and yet so good and engaging, it may even be worth those 15 bucks, and I'd definitely recommend this game.