We’ve got great news for SHIELD tablet owners this week - the puzzle / platform hit Contrast is now available for you to try to beat. All you need is a controller - and, well, some patience and a knack for puzzle-solving won’t hurt either!
Well received on all platforms, including SHIELD Android TV, Contrast is a quirky, third-person platformer in which you play the role of Didi and her imaginary friend, Dawn.
Didi’s a young girl with more than her fair share of troubles, not the least of which is her estranged father’s legal and money issues and the fact that she’s left alone most nights when her mother sings at nightclubs. So who can blame her for wanting the stable support of an constant companion?
Dad’s bungling has led to unwanted attention from criminal elements looking to collect on his debts, and his short-sighted plan to get back on track by launching a circus is another predictable mess. With opening night approaching, Didi and Dawn step in to try to get things on track, and save their family in the process.
And so begins a stylish, noir-themed adventure in 1920s Paris the likes of which you’ve probably never experienced before in a game and that is is now fully realized on SHIELD tablet. You start out controlling Didi in traditional-style 3D platform levels themed as stages, running and jumping to navigate through obstacles. However, at certain points your perspective can shift to Dawn’s, and that’s where things really get interesting.
As Dawn, or more accurately Didi’s shadow, you have the power to slip from the 3D dreamscape Didi perceives into a parallel 2D shadow universe in which you can manipulate light and shadow to get past obstacles that would otherwise be impossible to pass in the 3D world. You’ll have to do things like scale walls and massive building by manipulating lights and shadow-casting objects - as well as by creating new light sources, and thus more shadow options, by collecting Luminaries that are strewn about the levels.
As you progress you’ll unlock more of the complex story that’s motivating all the main characters, and experience it all through the eyes of a child. Contrast is truly an engrossing, atmospheric experience that is not to be missed if you are even remotely interested in platform-style games.