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Mixed or average reviews- based on 326 Ratings

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  • Summary: Contrast is a 2D/3D puzzle platformer in which you can shift between the striking 3D fantasy world and the mysterious 2D shadowscape.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. Nov 13, 2013
    85
    Despite these setbacks, Contrast crafts an amazing world and continuously invents clever new ways for you to interact with it. The story is fantastic, bolstered by strong voice performances and a jazzy soundtrack that nails the mood. Few games can consistently grab your attention and wow you with each passing moment like Contrast can.
  2. Nov 13, 2013
    75
    It’s at its best when it marries its poignant story to its platforming, and at its weakest when it’s about moving boxes, but it rarely goes very long without showing us something worth playing.
  3. Nov 18, 2013
    70
    Though short, Contrast can be replayed to get all the collectibles and is worth a look for the way the story and gameplay integrate, even if at times it's a little rough around the edges.
  4. 60
    Contrast is a low point in the PS4 launch line-up, but its frustrating gameplay and glitches are worth the uniquely fascinating story and aesthetics.
  5. Nov 28, 2013
    60
    It’s a game of light and shade, sure, but there’s a little too much of the former seeping through the cracks.
  6. Jan 3, 2014
    50
    Contrast could have been a great game, but it feels too rushed. The controls are stiff and the platform elements aren´t that challenging. And we aren´t even talking about the countless bugs we found in the game.
  7. Nov 22, 2013
    30
    Contrast is a mess. It’s ugly, tiresome, insipid and occasionally insulting. It aspires to be like other, better games, and wears that on its sleeve, but has nothing worthwhile to call its own.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 69
  2. Negative: 10 out of 69
  1. Nov 16, 2013
    10
    I unique game with really great puzzles and a new and interesting style of game play. It's nice to have a game you can take your time with andI unique game with really great puzzles and a new and interesting style of game play. It's nice to have a game you can take your time with and not have to play at a blistering speed of impossible hand/eye coordination talents. My entire family has really enjoyed playing this game. Expand
  2. Dec 15, 2013
    8
    I liked the game... I've seen a lot of complaints about bugs but personally I haven't run into any. The game looks good, I liked the uniqueI liked the game... I've seen a lot of complaints about bugs but personally I haven't run into any. The game looks good, I liked the unique 2D-3D gameplay and most of all I liked the game setting and the vibe it was giving off. The puzzles are quite easy, some of em a bit frustrating at times but you should look at this game as more of a magical journey then just a game.
    If this is the worst game we'll get for free on PSplus, it'll be money well spent.
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  3. Mar 5, 2014
    8
    I'll just get this out of the way first, Contrast has a beautiful atmosphere, soundtrack, and art style. Now on to the other things. Overall iI'll just get this out of the way first, Contrast has a beautiful atmosphere, soundtrack, and art style. Now on to the other things. Overall i felt the shadow play was pretty good and enjoyable. The puzzles were nice and fun while some were simple other required you to wrack your brain a little bit to figure out which was also nice. The story though somehow felt very incomplete i feel as if sequel or better yet a prequel to better explain what happened to the character you play as. The game was a bit buggy nothing game breaking but your character would bet stuck on things when she popped out of the shadows or when carrying something but again nothing game breaking. Overall i really liked the game it was the first thing i beat on my PS4 and i have to say i'm not disappointed. Expand
  4. Jan 28, 2014
    7
    I wanted to give this game a 10. It is an amazing concept with a simply gorgeous art style! Unfortunately, there are far to many glitches thatI wanted to give this game a 10. It is an amazing concept with a simply gorgeous art style! Unfortunately, there are far to many glitches that makes some puzzles really frustrating and downright annoying. Putting down boxes always made my character get stuck for a few moments as she and the box tried to occupy the same space. Also, the story never made me really care or feel much of anything. Still, I would highly recommend this game since it is a truly unique experience. Expand
  5. Dec 10, 2013
    6
    interesting and impressive features and decent story but i found the game boring

    its style of platforming intigued me to play at first i
    interesting and impressive features and decent story but i found the game boring

    its style of platforming intigued me to play at first i stopped caring about the story halfway thru then the game just started to get really stale for me
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  6. Dec 6, 2013
    6
    I liked the art, the sound, story was pretty nice and it was quite an entertaining game. However, way too many bugs and glitches from beingI liked the art, the sound, story was pretty nice and it was quite an entertaining game. However, way too many bugs and glitches from being trapped in small spaces, boxes being lowered slowly to the ground, random character freezes during object interactions. I also did not like the fact that there are no people, only shadows (makes no sense anyway but in guess the protagonist is a shadow jumper) it is eerie and not in a good way, it feels hollow. It was a bit hand holdish in places too.

    That said I liked the concept and it isn't a bad game so in my view deserves more than 5. I think a 6 is fair. The game 'should have been" like the princess scene. That was fun. Like a 2d Cave style platformer

    I don't normally go back to games but given it is such a short game I may try and get all the trophies
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  7. Mar 10, 2014
    0
    Utterly horrible. Played it for a while, ghastly horrible game I wish it would never have even entered someone's head to create.

    It is
    Utterly horrible. Played it for a while, ghastly horrible game I wish it would never have even entered someone's head to create.

    It is just completely a non entity. As for a replacement for Drive club at release... I am astounded it made it in. Such a bad game. Don't even waste the band width downloading
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