Published on October 18th, 2013 | by James Kulas
Contrast and Compare
I’ve had a pretty bleak summer season even by my standards. As if the sunshine wasn’t enough to make anyone bloody miserable, I have mother nature’s seasonal onslaught to contend with. In an attempt to avoid the heat, light and general itchiness of this predicament I retreat to my safe place. My computer chair.
Unfortunately this period of utter misery is compounded by the absence of new stuff, so I have to make do with Steam’s bargain bin of titles I wasn’t excited enough to pay full price for, and Kickstarter’s promise of wonderful dreams in the distant future.
So here we are in glorious October; Halloween is fast approaching and I can see my breath in the air, it’s time for my compensation. And what better way to celebrate the evenings drawing in than some foreboding art deco noir.
In CONTRAST, you will explore a dreamlike, vaudevillian world of the 1920s. In this universe, where the boundaries between showmanship, magic, intrigue and deception are blurred, you play as Dawn, the imaginary friend of a young girl named Didi.
Shades of Limbo, Bioshock Infinite, Grim Fandango and a bit of Psychonauts conspire to separate money from wallet without even mentioning the twist. Dawn moves seamlessly between evocative 3D environments and the realm of shadows to unravel the mysteries of Johnny’s circus.
On top of the Schafer-esque setting, developers Compulsion have captured jazz singer Laura Ellis to weave an atmospheric accompaniment. Taster below.
There’s not too much in the way of gameplay at the moment, so it’s impossible to say how well balancing the two different planes will work. 3D adventuring is also easily broken by unruly cameras and fiddly platforming, but providing they get things right in that department the setting is more than enough to excite me.