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Contrast (2013) is a traversal puzzle game set in a surreal 1920s world of vaudeville, film noir and jazz clubs. To move through each area you use your light to create shadowy platforms that you can use to progress. It stands out for the emotive story of fractured parents mirrored by your ability to switch from 3D to 2D and use those shadows to move through the world.

Contrast is a game about family, sacrifice, and redemption as Didi and her invisible friend Dawn navigate the challenge of her separate parents. You work to solve puzzles and traverse the world and along the way mend broken relationships and save a failing circus.

You play Dawn, the imaginary friend of a young girl named Didi, who has the power to slip from the real world into projected shadows. By moving light to distort, enlarge or stretch the shadows you create new ways to progress.

The result is a game with an emotive family narrative from the perspective of a child, that ties well to the shifting platforming of the 3D and 2D world. It's all wrapped up in a rich world of cabaret singers, circus performers, and magic.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Contrast 4 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game, Narrative and Platform game with Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 3 and a half hours and 6 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Bad Language, Sex. Contains infrequent scenes of a sexually provocative nature and mild language. Language includes the word 'damn'. Provocative scenes include a shadow cabaret show. The game also includes scenes of implied violence towards shadow figures.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated IGEA PG.
The game focuses on the theme of broken parental relationships, and the unreliability of adults.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to work in two and three dimensions. Also, it's useful to understand family relationships to get the most from the narrative.


Contrast usually costs £7.99 to £8.49.


XBox Store Xbox One £7.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Steam Store PC £8.49
PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/11/2013, updated in 2014

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative, Platform (Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On, 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

Developer: Compulsion Games (@CompulsionGames)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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