The science books were wrong. ‘Shadows are created by light hitting impenetrable objects’ they said and you believed it. But in the grander scale of things, Albert Einstein was taking on your science professor head-on, stating that worlds and living beings may exist outside of our own. That’s the theory that quirky title Contrast challenges in a new launch trailer suggesting that in our world, the shadows are very much alive and have more than enough reasons to be afraid of the dark.
Didi, Dawn and a Bold, New Step Forward
Contrast is an interesting one from developer Compulsion Games, in both story and method. Utilising not one, but two female protagonists, the game follows the story of Didi, a little girl on an ambitious journey to reunite her mother, a cabaret singer and her “absentee” father, who left when Didi was much younger. Dawn is the product of Didi’s vivid imagination but older and stronger, her powers extend to far more than a mentor-like companion as Dawn can traverse worlds that we hadn’t even thought could exist.
Dawn uses her abilities to shift from the colourful 3D world of Contrast to the dark and shadowy 2D landscape of the shadows, traversing the environment and switching between the two ‘worlds’ to solve puzzles and get Didi one step closer to putting her family back together and “uncover the secrets that plagues the family’s past.”
The Roaring 20s and What the History Books Left Out
The beautiful art style of Contrast’s 3D and 2D worlds is emphasised by the game’s 1920s vaudeville setting in which cabaret is in its heyday (real life jazz singer Laura Ellis is on hand for the game’s soundtrack), where the feel is suitably noir and the back streets and clubs are appropriately seedy.
The launch trailer earlier in this post does a good job of showcasing this but Contrast’s developer says that lighting sources, shadow placement and the movement of objects will all effect how you solve puzzles in he game world so expect the title to look gorgeous in various stages of illumination soon.
Contrast is released on November 15th for PS4 and Xbox 360 and November 19th for PS3.