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Contrast sticks out as one of the most interesting 3D action adventure puzzle games I have played in some years. The adult storyline is going to immediately disqualify children from playing this game. Which is a shame because the going in and out of shadows is an interesting game play mechanic.

Contrast lets you the player figure out where to go next. This can lead to major frustration if you are not sure where to go next. At times I would try to get somewhere and find out I had to go the opposite direction and meander my way around the building and come back in on the other side. Where you shift in and out of the shadows is also not always apparent.

I have two complaints concerning Contrast. The first is this game is really short. It can be beaten in three to four real world hours. It takes longer when you get stuck and have to sleep on it. The second is getting stuck in weird places like coming out of the shadows. I was always able to get myself out after trying every skill the character had.

Contrast is one amazing brain teaser. There are timing, and jumps that need to be performed in certain portions. Most of the time I had to figure out how to solve the puzzle in the room, or find some of those light orbs. Collect them whenever you see them since they power certain devices.

The story in Contrast is heavy, and sometimes a bit confusing. This little girl is real looking. Her parents are only shown in shadows. She has an imaginary friend who also looks real - that is who we control in the game. Her mom is a singer at a night club. Her dad is a deadbeat flim flam dreamer in deep with the mob. He is trying to make good by his family even though his wife kicked him out. The family is close to being evicted, child services wants to take the girl, and more. I won't spoil what we find out at the end of Act I.

Contrast contains enticement to lust in multiple areas of the game. There is also violence, and threats of violence in Contrast. I do not believe Contrast is good for children. Adults will find an interesting game with deep and complex characters.

I will warn you that Contrast will make your head hurt. I love the family aspect in Contrast. I appreciate how far some of these characters will go for family. The ending of Contrast leaves the adult gamer with more questions than answers. Which can help populate posts on message boards as gamers will discuss it.
- Paul


Graphics: 68%
Sound: 74%
Replay/Extras: 65%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%

System: PC/PS3/Xbox 360(tested)
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
ating: ‘T’ - Teen
{Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes}
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