How Do You Like Your Betrayer? Black and White, or in Color?

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So, this week Blackpowder Games launched its debut game, Betrayer, and it’s pretty damn great if you’re into atmospheric, story-driven adventures. It sure sucked me in hard, to the point that I was completely unproductive for about five days as I did nothing but play the game until I achieved 100% completion.

One of the game’s distinguishing characteristics, is its black and white with small splashes of contrasting red visual style, which sets an eerie mood of mystery and loneliness that really enhances the immersion. Of course, the developers were also smart to add alternate viewing options, so the game does include a set of sliders to adjust the contrast and even toggle on full color.

Fortunately, the game looks beautiful whichever way you decide to view it, and it’s almost like two different experiences since the color palette does have a noticeable impact on the atmosphere. For example I didn’t feel quite as on edge playing in color, but at the same time there is an interesting dynamic to having the light world in color and the dark world in black and white for further tonal contrast between the two realms. (Just to be clear, changing the color sliders only affects the look of the light world. Color in the dark world cannot be changed.)

I strongly recommend playing the game through first in black and white to get the true experience, but for some folks I imagine the high contrast might cause eye strain, or maybe just some level of visual boredom. For anyone curious to take a closer look at the opposing color schemes, I have captured some screenshots comparing how different scenes look in color versus black and white. Which style do you prefer?

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