1920’s Vaudeville Platformer Contrast Casts Shadow on PC, PSN, XBLA

Contrast

Indie developers sure love to reinvent the classic platformer, putting new twists on the time tested mechanic of running and jumping from left to right through a side-scrolling environment.

With Contrast, Compulsion Games is combining the second and third dimensions for a unique puzzle platforming experience that will have players controlling the imaginary friend of a young girl as she explores a world of old-timey theatrical entertainment and cabaret music. The twist: players will be able to switch between the 3D game world, controlling the protagonist’s polygonal character model, and a 2D parallel world as the protagonist’s silhouette shadowed on the background.

From the press release:

In CONTRAST, experience and explore a surreal 1920’s dreamscape, set in a vaudevillian-inspired, film-noir styled backdrop. In a world full of performance, magic, intrigue and deception, the player takes on the role of Dawn, the imaginary friend of a little girl, Didi. Every kid’s imaginary friend is special, and Dawn is no exception. She has the power to shift from the reality of the vibrant game stage into the shadowy parallel world. Gamers will be challenged to unravel the drama by leveraging light sources and manipulating real-world objects to affect the shadows placement, depth, height and overall weighting to solve mind-bending puzzles.

Delve into CONTRAST, a world filled with incredible atmosphere, amplified by a rich cabaret soundtrack and professional voice actor cast. Use Dawn’s special abilities to uncover the mysteries of this world, and help Didi unravel the web of secrets, experienced through the eyes of a child.

Looks and sounds like a winning concept to me. We’ll check back in with additional coverage as more about the game is revealed at E3 and beyond.

Focus Home Interactive has partnered up with Compulsion Games to bring Contrast to PC, PSN and XBLA late this year.

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