Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. Nov 13, 2013
    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. Dec 12, 2013
    It isn’t without issues, and it doesn’t do anything particularly new or special, but it’s that doesn’t stop it being a fun, charming way to spend a few hours.
  3. Nov 27, 2013
    This is a commendable little puzzler. But unfortunately the PS4-version suffers from constant framerate issues.
  4. Nov 13, 2013
    Faulty and boring puzzles drag down a promising premise and an intriguing story.
  5. Nov 13, 2013
    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.
  6. A heartfelt story and unique take on platforming combine to make this an engaging, yet sadly short-lived, adventure.
  7. 3DJuegos
    Dec 5, 2013
    A little oasis of originality for the most selected players.
  8. Nov 22, 2013
    Contrast is aptly named. Its disappointing instability contrasts sharply with its wonderful ambiance and concept, and you’re left feeling somewhat unsatisfied.
  9. Nov 18, 2013
    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.
  10. Dec 3, 2013
    Contrast is, above all, a game that spells magic and dream, a tribute to film noir with a powerful artistic design and a wonderful soundtrack. Unfortunately, it is tarnished by its short duration and some aggravating errors in its code.
  11. Dec 3, 2013
    Contrast may be great to look at, but when it comes down to it, what really matters is whether it can accomplish the fundamental task of keeping things moving forward without breaking down very often. And on that front, to be brutally honest, it fails, making it worth a download if you have PS+, but probably not much more than that.
  12. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 3, 2014
    Great idea, not so great execution. Contrast's really only suited for the hardcore puzzle lover. [January 2014, p82]
  13. Dec 19, 2013
    Contrast is a title that lives of lights and shadows: the good character design and attractive setting collide with an inconsistent gameplay.
  14. 65
    A description of the gameplay, the setting, and the story all seem great in theory, but my short time with Contrast left me with more disappointment than satisfaction, particularly on the gameplay side of things.
  15. Dec 4, 2013
    Contrast is a unique puzzle game with enjoyable gameplay in 2D and 3D. It's a shame the controls aren't very responsive, making for a rather frustrating trial & error experience. There's a lot of bugs as well, which further lowers our score. Still, Contrast might be worth checking out, if you're willing to overlook the game's lesser aspects.
  16. Nov 18, 2013
    There’s a great game hidden somewhere in the shadows of Contrast, and every now and then you see brief glimpses of that potential brilliance. But one can’t help but feel like the game either ran out of time or ran out of ideas.
  17. Nov 15, 2013
    It does a nice job of weaving a sweet little tale of a young girl and her struggle to maintain her innocence in a (literal and figurative) dark and dreary world, but it's nothing special, and nothing you haven't really seen before.
  18. Hyper Magazine
    Dec 29, 2013
    Contrast juxtaposes some truly inspiring ideas and a magnificently realised world with unfinished, jittery mechanics and level designs lacking depth. [Feb 2014, p.80]
  19. 60
    Despite its beautiful visual design and lovely interpretation of Paris in the 1920’s, Contrast is held back by flawed technical execution.
  20. Nov 28, 2013
    It’s a game of light and shade, sure, but there’s a little too much of the former seeping through the cracks.
  21. Nov 27, 2013
    Contrast is given shape by promising and atmospheric game concepts, but comes up short in its execution. Although switching from light (3D) to shadow (2D) could potentially create unique and challenging situations, the simple puzzles and bad controls only guarantees a minimal experience. If the possibilities were more though out and everything would work just a bit better, this indie game could've been much more interesting.
  22. Nov 22, 2013
    Contrast is a game of light and dark: a puzzle platformer with two well-realised female leads that occasionally buckles under the weight of its own mechanics. It's beautiful in parts, but also a little broken; I admire it for the first and can almost forgive it the second.
  23. Nov 20, 2013
    Contrast is a picturesque, romanticized vision of 1920s Paris that masquerades as a graceful platformer, falling flat on its face at pivotal moments.
  24. 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.
  25. Nov 13, 2013
    There is a certain purity to admire in Contrast, spotted throughout its dream-like world and theatrically contrived platforming, but it's just a little too concise and a little too thin, like a fleeting shadow.
  26. Games Master UK
    Dec 19, 2013
    Painfully marred by bugs and lacking the puzzley meatiness of its peers. [Jan 2014, p.69]
  27. Nov 13, 2013
    It took me about three hours to burn through Contrast, and the level design didn’t seem like it had really done anything dramatic in such a limited session.
  28. Jan 3, 2014
    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.
  29. Dec 9, 2013
    Compulsion Games' Contrast hints numerous excellent ideas but in its hasty execution, fails to deliver almost any of them.
  30. Nov 29, 2013
    Contrast offers a nice story and a unique atmosphere, but nothing that is really advanced, artistically speaking. The basic idea of gameplay is quite good also, but the bugs and awkward controls will frustrate the players most of the time.
  31. Nov 25, 2013
    It simply wasn't fun to actually play. Contrast would have made a delightful short film, but I'm afraid that it isn't a particularly good game.
  32. Nov 19, 2013
    While Contrast is worth completing for the sake of seeing the gorgeous scenery and hearing the exceptional soundtrack, don't expect to have any real burning desire to play this game again over the coming months.
  33. Nov 13, 2013
    The alchemy of Contrast doesn't quite pay off, and in the end, the game feels as insubstantial as the shadows that populate its world.
  34. CD-Action
    Feb 10, 2014
    Calling a game with a gameplay based on shadows a shadow of what it could’ve been is a cheap trick. So is joking that Contrast contrasts with the vision of itself depicted in the previews and press releases. Still I couldn’t resist to do both because what we got is a half-baked mediocrity that has too little good moments but loads of wasted potential. [02/2014, p.62]
  35. Dec 6, 2013
    More serious are the numerous bugs: players are often forced out of shadow form for no reason, making the platforming and puzzle-solving a chore, and Dawn frequently gets stuck on boxes, in walls, almost anything. Infuriating, and so common as to be inexcusable.
  36. Nov 25, 2013
    Given its feature film length, one can't help but wonder if the game would've been better served in that format. While there are some interesting puzzles, the overall lack of polish makes it more frustrating than fun to play through. Like the shadows that inspire the game, Contrast just doesn't have much substance.
  37. Nov 19, 2013
    Contrast offers one of the most interesting gameplay gimmicks in recent memory, but the lack of engaging puzzles and interesting levels prevent the concept from being put to good use.
  38. Nov 25, 2013
    It’d be nice to say that at least it’s something different but Contrast is far more mundane and derivative than it first appears. It’s also a near farce on a technical level.
  39. Nov 22, 2013
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 374 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 69 out of 374
  1. Nov 21, 2013
    My first completed PS4 game. Nice style, voice acting, graphics and music. The controls aren't as bad as some reviews lead you to believe.My first completed PS4 game. Nice style, voice acting, graphics and music. The controls aren't as bad as some reviews lead you to believe. The only problems I had encountered was switching into or out of a shadow while jumping, that's it.

    Overall, a very good game especially for free with PS Plus that has a good story too for a puzzle game. I found it interesting all the way through and fun, which is the main thing.
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  2. Nov 16, 2013
    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. Full Review »
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    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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