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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Puzzle adventure with compelling themes, good conundrums.

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It's evident from the outset that Contrast, with its 1920s European fashion and architecture and highly stylized characters, has a personality all its own. It's even more evident once you get into its unusual shadow-based platformer puzzles, which see Dawn turning into a flat shadow and running along the silhouettes of billboards and merry-go-rounds before popping back into three-dimensional form. Transitioning between the physical and shadow planes in the middle of a jump to get past a crack high in a wall is the sort of unusual gaming experience most players will remember long after the credits roll.

Unfortunately, this compelling premise loses some steam by the end. Puzzles start to feel a little same-y in the second half, and the relationships among the imaginary, shadow, and real worlds isn't fully explained. But don't let these minor missteps dissuade you. Fans of innovative games that strive to impress with clever puzzles and beautiful art rather than simply delivering new ways to shoot people and blow stuff up will come away satisfied.

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