What can be said, however, about the story is that it is excellent in its ability to wrap so much punch into such a tiny package
. The game is fairly short, so Compulsion Games didn’t leave themselves much room for error. Thankfully,Contrast
does more to deliver an emotionally engaging story than most games even come close to in play-through times that are three times as long. Themes of abandonment and relationship dynamics are conveyed subtly and with a delicate touch. Control, sacrifice and power within relationships, be they personal or business, are also themes that are met head on. What’s excellent is that the messaging is reinforced not only by cut-scenes, but by gameplay as well, similar to past indie darling, Limbo
. Many of the puzzles find Dawn and Didi fixing or restoring something, and in doing so, the player brings them one step closer to fixing and restoring Didi’s family. By the end, Contrast
comes full circle and delivers an experience that is both touching and bittersweet. Truly outstanding work.