Dev comment: Hey Xbox One players! See below for a personal note from the devs. Experience and explore a surreal 1920s dreamscape a vaudevillian, film noir-inspired almost-reality. In a world full of performance, intrigue and deception, you play as Dawn, the imaginary friend of a little girl, Didi. Every kid’s imaginary friend is special, and you have powers that no one else does – you can walk up to a lit wall, and become your shadow. You can shift in and out of your shadow, at any lit surface, to help Didi explore the mysteries surrounding her family. In CONTRAST: • Shift between the physical 3D world and the 2D shadow world (become your shadow!) • Experience a new story and world, exploring adult themes through a child’s eyes • Solve mind-bending puzzles • Manipulate light sources and real-world objects to create unique shadow landscapes • Immerse yourself in a lush world of cabaret singers, circus performers, and magic Some talk about CONTRAST: • IGN: Best Indie at E3 2013 • “It’s as if Limbo and Bioshock Infinite had a baby while watching Pan’s Labyrinth” - Venturebeat • 10 nominations at the 2014 Canadian Videogame Awards, including Game of the Year CONTRAST is developed by Compulsion Games, an 8 person indie studio in Montreal, founded on making creative, passionate and high quality games. Dev note: Hi everyone! Thanks for checking out CONTRAST. We’re really excited about the Xbox One version. It is the tightest version of the game we’ve made, and has had the advantage of the improvements that we’ve made since the initial launch of the game and the power of the Xbox One (believe it or not, dynamic shadows make for a pretty power hungry game). We made this game because we wanted to make something different. We wanted a simple, mature story – something that’s not “congratulations, here’s a fancy sword, go save the world!” – based around a mechanic that hadn’t been seen before. If you like games that are different or unique, set in different time periods, with unusual stories or new mechanics, then this might be a good game for you. If you like super-hard platformers, this isn’t that type of game. The average play time is roughly 4-5 hours, but it’s like most games based around puzzles – some of you will complete it faster or take longer to explore the world. But, we encourage you not to race through it – to us, CONTRAST is a performance, where every minute we’re trying to bring you something different. We suggest you find and read all the collectibles, if you’d like to fully understand the story (and to get the full sweet 1000 G). And, if you like it, feel free to come say hi on Twitter!

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jeremy of 218

Platform: Xbox

Short but fun!

Fun game. Easy to get all the achievements too!

3 out of 3 people found this helpful.




Platform: Xbox


wont even play, the game stays on loading screen while music plays in the background.

One person found this helpful.




Platform: Xbox

If you want a short creative platformer this is for you

The game has a beautiful art style, interesting story, and pretty fun puzzles. only problem is it can be glitchy but it resets so fast that it isn't a problem

11 out of 11 people found this helpful.




Platform: Xbox

Great game marred by glitches and imprecise controls

This has a great aesthetic and a cute story. The characters are wonderful. The gameplay mechanic is smart too. The only detriments are frequent glitches (especially a wonky camera that frequently gets stuck) and controls that often send you to your death. Lot of fun though.

16 out of 16 people found this helpful.




Platform: Xbox

Spectacular idea, INFURIATING controls.

Its a puzzle game that requires timing and sometimes presice control - just the things you can't do in this game. The asthetic is amazing though. Since this was a crowdfunded game it seems they needed more resources to get it right. As it stands I don't regret the purchase.

14 out of 17 people found this helpful.




Platform: Xbox

Amazing story and creative challenges!

Loved the shadow concept and simple but challeging gameplay! Wish it were longer it was sooo fun! Ready for a part 2!

8 out of 8 people found this helpful.



xBig Bad Wolfx1

Platform: Xbox

simply outstanding

this was a amazing game it really reached out to a different scene of gaming that not alot of games delve into. The story line is deeper than i thought it would be as well. But the part i enjoyed the most was the fact it delved into the science of multiple dimensions. Great game guys!! I will be keeping my eyes for more games from you guys.

18 out of 18 people found this helpful.




Platform: Xbox

Great Game

The storyline is awesome, I do wish wish it were longer though. Ihope for a sequel or a similar style with a new storyline. Defintely want more games like CONTRAST.

9 out of 9 people found this helpful.




Platform: Xbox

Great Story and Challenge

This game was very fun all the way through. Very unique and intriguing adventure. Make sure your television is setup correctly as far as gamma, brightness, and contrast and that you configure the game like it says because the title says it all. I know for darker games I usually raise the brightness to see in the dark better, but with this game that will mess you up. This was truly a uniquely challening game that really makes you think. I personally can say this was totally an unexpexted very fun game for me. It was hard, but not to hard that its not fun. I would recommend this game to anyone that likes games that challenge your mind and intelligence. I hope everyone tries this game out and enjoys it as much as I did.

30 out of 31 people found this helpful.




Platform: Xbox

Great Game

The game is a very good platformer with a great story, the only problem is that it is only about 3 hrs long. If it was about 2 hrs longer then I would have given it 5 stars. They could have stretched out the story somewhat, as it seems a bit rushed. Other than that amazing game and totally worth the $10.

7 out of 8 people found this helpful.



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