Throwback Thursday Review – Contrast (PS4)

I was super excited to play this game when I first got my PS4. It was one of the games that was free with the initial release of the console and to tell the truth it was the first game that I was actually looking forward to playing. After finally getting my chance to play, here’s what I thought about the game.

Set in a 1920’s noir atmosphere, you’ll play as Dawn. Dawn is the imaginary friend of Didi who is supposed to be staying home for the night instead of sneaking out like she’s done in the past. Of course, this game wouldn’t progress or be remotely interesting if Didi didn’t sneak out though right? So Didi gets to sneak out under the protection of Dawn, but Didi isn’t without reason when it comes to sneaking out. Didi does this so that she can see her mother sing at a local night club. While at the night club Didi discovers why her father was kicked out of the house and makes it her mission, well Dawn’s missions, to reunite her family.

Because I thought this game was new and interesting I played it straight through without stopping. It’s a pretty neat little game where as Didi’s imaginary friend you had the ability to move in and out of shadows. At the end of the game, it’s explained why Dawn can do these things and reveals a little bit more about Dawn in the process. While playing I enjoyed the overall relationship between Dawn and Didi and of course I’m a sucker for happy endings so I thought the end tied everything together nicely with everyone getting what they wanted.

Since this is a puzzle based game, you’ll need a little brain power to play without a walkthrough but other then that the game was pretty simple. I will admit that at times some of the puzzles were a little confusing and became frustrating. The transitioning between shadows as Dawn worked really well for me and I didn’t have any problems playing. I was also able to enjoy a bug free and glitch free game so bonus points there.

The graphics for this game are one of the things that really makes this game. The graphics embody the whole 1920’s noir atmosphere putting you right smack in the center of it. The transitioning between the 3D world and the 2D world is also handled nicely and only adds to the graphics components of the game.

There are a total of 21 trophies for this little game. There are so many, but unfortunately all of them are bronze so this game isn’t going to get you that much of a boost to your trophy score. This is one of those games that you should play for the story and then go back to get the trophies which can be easily done through chapter select. There will be typical story trophies along with collectible trophies as well.

Hooray for no multiplayer!

Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Interesting story that has a happy ending.
+ Very nice graphics that add to the 1920’s noir atmosphere the game was going for.
+ New and interesting gameplay.

What’s Not So Great:
At times puzzles were confusing and were then frustrating.

Even though I really liked this game, I wouldn’t recommend this game for everyone. If you like puzzle based games and you’re looking for something other then the standard point and click type puzzle games, you should definitely give this game a try. If you’re not really a puzzle game type of person I would suggest skipping over this one.

Next week I have another puzzle type game to review, but this game involved you playing as two brothers at the same time using both the left and right analog sticks to control each of them. What? I know right, crazy. Come back next week to see what I thought of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

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