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Credited cast:
Teale Bishopric Teale Bishopric ... Didi Knight (voice)
Bruce Dinsmore ... The Amazing Vincenzo / Carmine / Sal (voice)
Vanessa Matsui ... Kat Knight (voice)
Elias Toufexis ... Johnny Fenris (voice)


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Explore a dreamlike, vaudevillian world of the 1920s, where the boundaries between showmanship, magic, intrigue and deception are blurred. You play as Dawn, the imaginary friend of a young girl named Didi...



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15 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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In addition to the TV and movie Easter Eggs mentioned on the Movie Connections page, you will also find the following in the game:
  • In Act III, in the museum area of the Workshop, you will find Harrison from the "Lost Orbit" game by PixelNAUTS studio on display. That studio also did environmental art for "Contrast".
  • In Act III, in the museum area of the Workshop, you will find a tower that looks like the Lighthouse, which you will go to after the Workshop.
  • The sixth collectible in Act III, the newspaper article on the box in the lighthouse, describes a strange incident at the Baker Street Theatre, and that Inspector Lestrade of the Scotland Yard is on the case. These are clear references to the Sherlock Holmes mythology.
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In the shadow puppet theater, Didi makes the suggestion that Dawn floats on an umbrella "like the nanny in that movie". The game is set in the 1920s, but the "Mary Poppins" movie was not made until 1963. See more »


Didi Knight: [imitating Vincenzo] Mr Fenris, I have perforemd for the king of the universe! There are numpties who have heard about the Amazing Vincenzo. If your investors don't know about me, they're stupid!
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2 December 2017 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

Contrast has a brilliant idea - what could happen if we could shift into shadows and live in the umbral world? The developers really had lightning in a bottle here, and the 1920s setting is just perfect. The game also deals with two of my favorite themes in fiction - that being "what is real?" and the image of the double, the reflection, the...other.

You play as Dawn, the "imaginary" best friend of Didi, a young girl who appears to be retreating into fantasy to deal with the break-up of her parents. While running around a beautifully imagined world you shift into shadow to solve various puzzles. I want to live in this video game. There are not many games I can say that about, the only other one being Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The atmosphere is just THAT good. This would be the perfect game if it were not for one molar-crunching flaw. The controls are a nightmare. The sticks are too twitchy, the buttons are unresponsive and the camera is epileptic. You'll be shouting and swearing a LOT during this game. I finished it in four hours and I'm happy I stuck with it to the end, it's just a shame that no updates have been made to fix the bugs.

And if you think that the voice of Didi's surrogate dad is familiar, it's none other than Elias Toufexis who also voices Adam Jensen in Deus Ex.

There is amazing potential here and, for the most part, it's a wonderful game, but the controls cripple it.

There are 22 trophies/achievements (I could only manage 15) and trading cards included, as well as a lovely soundtrack album.

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