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Contrast Achievement Guide

Guide By: BiggD
There are 22 achievements with a total of 1000 points.

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Overview:
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 1/10
- Offline: 22/22 [1000/1000]
- Online: 0/22 [1000/1000] 
- Approximate amount of time to 10004-5 hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements?: No
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed?: None

Introduction:
Contrast, the noir-style, puzzle-based platformer, is a unique indie game developed by Compulsion Games. The story revolves around a young girl named Didi and her quest to reunite her "father" with the family. This adventure is broken down into three distinct acts as you control Dawn, Didi's imaginary friend who has the ability to manifest three dimensional shadows. While the controls and camera angles are a little rough throughout the game, the setting and the overarching story provide an intriguing atmosphere as you attempt to develop an understanding of the mysteries that dwell within the storyline. There are a total of twenty-two achievements to obtain, some of which are directly tied to story progression, while the rest involve hunting down twenty-six collectibles, solving platform puzzles on your first attempt, and a small handful of other miscellaneous tasks. In order to gain full completion in Contrast, you will need to dedicate about four to five hours of your time to Dawn and Didi's adventure. 


Abbreviated Walkthrough:
A single playthrough of the story will net you eight of the story-related achievements. In order, from Act 1 to Act III, these are as follows: "Room 529," "You Broke My Finger!," "A Carousal of Broken Dreams," "This Circus Is A Disaster!," "Handy Person," "How'd You Get In?," "Let There Be Light," and "FIN." In addition to these straightforward batch of achievements, you will need to make sure to hunt down ten collectibles in Act I for "Street Sweeper," six collectibles in Act II for "GroundsKeeper," and another ten collectibles in the final Act for "BookKeeper."

As for the miscellaneous achievements in Act I, you will naturally unlock "A New Dimension" when you shift onto a shadow for the first time and also naturally obtain "Illuminated" while you work towards reaching the hidden area near the Ghost Note Club for the "To The Heroes Among Us" achievement. Make sure to to also stand in front of the nearby XXX Club in order to unlock the "Not That King Of Game!" achievement. Then, before reaching the Cinema in this Act, you will need to deal with the "void" in two different ways to earn the "Now That's Thinking With Shadows" and "My God, It's Full of Stars!" achievements. Finally, allowing Johnny to get beat up by some thugs inside the Cinema for about sixty seconds will net you the "Punching Bag" achievement.

In Act II, make sure to interact with the family portrait in the upstairs hallway of Didi's house for "The Family Life." During the next segment of this Act, you will need to find a hidden bottle around the rooftops in the hot air balloon area for "The Cyclops' Bottle." For the final two achievements, you will also need to clear the crocodile segment of Shadow Theater on your first attempt for "Just Like Harry," as well as jump inside a large black box upon the Tortuga's Revenge attraction for the "No Backpack Bird Needed" achievement. 

Mop-Up:
At this point, if you have already completed the story but have missed any of the miscellaneous achievements, you can always choose to replay individual Chapters or Acts through the Main Menu. Remember each of the three Acts have a set of collectibles worth grabbing, so refer to the achievement guide below if you happened to miss any on your first playthrough. Likewise, if you did not complete the Void-Jump and Shadow Theater platforming puzzles on your first try in Acts I and II respectively, and missed the "Just Like Harry" and "Now That's Thinking With Shadows" achievements, make sure to go back and clear those sections on your first attempt. Other than those aforementioned achievements, everything else should come naturally or without much issue on your first playthrough of the game.

Conclusion:
Overall, Contrast is a fairly short game that delivers a compelling narrative and an interesting take on platforming puzzles. None of the achievements will require too much effort, although keep in mind that many are not tied directly to the story and you will need to prepare for their requirements by referring to the guide below. In addition, all twenty-six collectibles are fairly straightforward in their obtainment and they help supplement the mystery that unravels between Dawn's relationship to Didi and the rest of the cast of characters in the game. Contrast will take you upwards to about five hours to complete, and for its price tag, this is definitely a game worth checking out if you're in the mood for a unique, puzzle-based platformer.

[XBA would like to thank BiggD for this RoadMap]



Street Sweeper50
Unlocked when the player discovers all collectibles in Act I. 

In Act I, there are a total of 10 collectibles to snag. Some of these collectibles may be out of your way, so make sure to utilize the video guide below so that you don’t miss any of the collectibles!

 

GroundsKeeper50
Unlocked when the player discovers all collectibles in Act II. 

In Act II, there are a total of six collectibles to retreive. Some of these collectibles may be out of your way, so make sure to utilize the video guide below so that you don’t miss any of the collectibles!

 

BookKeeper50
Unlocked when the player discovers all collectibles in Act III. 

Finally, Act III has another 10 collectibles to obtain. These are probably a bit more challenging in that some of the puzzles in the Workshop can be tricky to figure out. Make sure to utilize the video guide below so that you don’t miss any of the collectibles!

 

A New Dimension25
Unlocked when the player shifts for the first time. 

After following Didi through the bedroom window, you will be tasked with shifting onto the nearby building in order to reach the ground level. Here, you’ll want to tap the right trigger while standing next to the lit wall in order to transform into a shadow and reach the ground level safely. The achievement will unlock as soon as you shift onto the wall.

A Carousel of Broken Dreams100
Unlocked when the player completes Act I. 

Story-related, cannot be missed.

After completing the final puzzle inside the Hotel Excelsior, you will come to an outdoor balcony. Here, a short cutscene with Didi’s parents begins and you learn the truth of behind Johnny’s relationship to the family. After this cutscene concludes, the achievement will unlock right away. 

FIN200
Unlocks when the player completes the game. 

Story-related, cannot be missed.

After solving the Lighthouse puzzle and shining the beam of light on the Vincenzo’s stage, a long cutscene will ensue. Shortly after, you’ll need to follow Didi behind the stage to experience yet another cutscene. After familial ties are mended and Johnny reclaims his position within the family, the achievement will unlock before the credits roll onto the screen.

To The Heroes Among Us25
Unlocked when the player finds the hidden Extra Life 2012 Logo. 

This achievement is obtained during Act I, Chapter “Of All the Gin Joints…”

After Didi squeezes her way through a tight alley, you will need to shift onto the building’s shadow nearby in order to reach the other side of the street. Once you pass through the building, proceed down the road and past the Ghost Note Club where a short cutscene will begin as you approach Didi. 

For now, ignore her request to enter the Club and continue down the road where there is mysterious, glowing record player. Walk over it and prepare to shift onto the newly created shadows on the building nearby in order to reach a small balcony that grants access to a hidden area. Here, you’ll find a small back room with an electrical box that can be turned on with the Luminary you just picked up on the balcony. The achievement will unlock as soon as the electrical box is powered up.

 

Just Like Harry25
Unlocked when the player makes it over the crocodiles on their first attempt in the Shadow Theater 

This achievement is obtained during Act II, when Didi and Dawn are tasked with fixing the three attractions at the carnival.

When you reach the Shadow Theater attraction, you will need to shift onto the screen and partake in three short “plays” before the attraction is considered fixed. During the first part of this play, there will be a small platforming section where you are required to cross a river by jumping on the heads of four crocodiles. In order to do this, simply wait for the first crocodile to close it’s mouth, then jump onto it and quickly jump over the next three until you safely reach the other side of the river.

Do not hesitate or wait to jump from one crocodile to another because they open their mouths about every three to four seconds. If you time this right, you should not have any issues on your first attempt. If you happen to fail on your first attempt though, reload the checkpoint before falling into the water so that game does not recognize that you have failed.

No Backpack Bird Needed25
Unlocked when the player jumps into the treasure chest in the Pirate Ride. 

This achievement is obtained during Act II, when Didi and Dawn are tasked with fixing the three attractions at the carnival.

While on board the ship, Tortuga’s Revenge, you will eventually come to a section where the roller coaster stops on the tracks and you need to get out. Before proceeding with the objective to turn the ride back on, head over to the stairs on the far right side of the attraction. You will notice a large black box underneath the stairs. Wait until the box opens, then quickly hop inside. The achievement will unlock right away.

 

Not That Kind Of Game!10
Unlocked when the player tries to enter the XXX door. 

This achievement is obtained during Act I, Chapter “Of All the Gin Joints…”

In fact, this achievement can be paired with "To The Heroes Among Us." Before activating the glowing record player in the middle of the street, you will notice a neon-colored club named, XXX, on the right side of the street. All you need to do is stand in front of the door of the club for about five seconds and the achievement is yours.

Now That's Thinking With Shadows25
Unlocked when the player clears the Void Jump on their first attempt. 

Please refer to "My God, It's Full Of Stars!" for more information.

My God, It's Full Of Stars!25
Unlocked when the player falls into the void on the way to the Cinema. 

After tracking Johnny to the local bar and finishing up business there, you will need to travel to the cinema. The only issue with that task is that the road to the cinema has eroded and there is a large void between you and your objective. 

For the "My God, It's Full Of Stars!" achievement, all you need to do is jump right into the void and kill yourself. The achievement will unlock right away! When it does, either return to the Home Screen of your Xbox One or pause the game and reload your latest checkpoint in order to now work on "Now That's Thinking With Shadows."

For this second achievement, you will need to power up the searchlight in the middle of the road with three Luminaries. Didi will shine the searchlight on the nearby sign and you must clear this platforming segment without failing in order to obtain the achievement. If you do mess up for whatever reason, remember to quickly pause your game and reload the checkpoint in order to try again. Take note that during this puzzle, you will need to jump from one shadow to the other. When you perform this jump, you will "unshift" from the shadow. Quickly tap the shift trigger again when you are about to land on the other shadow, or else you will fall to your death. 

The Family Life25
Unlocked when the player examines Didi's family pictures. 

This achievement can be obtained in the very beginning of Act II. 

Simply follow Didi out of her bedroom, but before you head down the stairs, take note of the family portraits on the wall directly in front of you. Interact with the portrait to the far right, the one of Johnny and Kat, and a cutscene will begin. Do not skip the cutscene or it will in fact void the achievement! Once this cutscene has concluded, the achievement will unlock immediately. 

Illuminated25
Unlocked after the player gets their second luminary.  

This achievement is fairly easy and will most likely unlock as you work towards reaching the destination for the "To The Heroes Among Us" achievement. Before dropping into the hidden area, the balcony you reach after climbing the shadows has a single Luminary sitting right there in the open. Walk over it and you will automatically collect it and obtain the achievement as well. 

Punching Bag 15
Unlocked when the player lets the gangsters beat up Johnny.  

During Act I, you will eventually reach the Cinema after clearing the platforming puzzle to cross the void. Once inside the Cinema, Johnny will be approached by some thugs who begin to beat him up. At this time, you will be tasked with entering the projection booth and playing the film reel in order to distract the thugs.

Ignore this objective and just let the thugs beat on Johnny for a while. After a minute or two passes, the achievement will finally unlock and you can then proceed with the mission objective in order to advance through the next part of the Act.

 
Secret Achievements
 
The Cyclops' Bottle 25
Unlocked when the player finds the Cyclops' bottle in the Carousel area.  

This achievement is obtained during Act II, when you are repairing the hot air balloon attraction.

After powering up the carousel in this area, use the shadows in order to reach the rooftops of the buildings. Once you reach the highest point, proceed out onto the balcony. Now before you run over to the hot air balloon and cut it loose, make sure to interact with the secret bottle that is subtly placed on a nearby table to earn this achievement.

 

Handy Person 25
Unlocked when the player repairs the three attractions.  

Story-related, cannot be missed.

This achievement will unlock once you have repaired the hot air balloon, Tortuga’s Revenge, and Shadow Theater attractions in Act II.

How'd You Get In? 100
Unlocked when the player completes the Workshop.  

Story-related, cannot be missed.

This achievement will unlock once you have solved the complex platforming puzzles inside Vincenzo’s Workshop and gain access to his hidden room behind the large clock during the beginning of Act III.

Let There Be Light 100
Unlocked when the player completes the Lighthouse.  

Story-related, cannot be missed.

This achievement will unlock after completing several platforming puzzles on your way to the top of the lighthouse at the end of Act III. Once you reach the highest point of the building, make sure to shine the beam of light on Vincenzo’s stage. 

Room 529 25
Unlocked when the player leaves the Cabaret.  

Story-related, cannot be missed.

This achievement will unlock after eavesdropping on Johnny and Kat’s conversation inside the Ghost Note Club and exiting out the back door in pursuit of Johnny in Act I. 

This Circus Is A Disaster! 25
Unlocked when the player goes through the circus tent toward the attractions.  

Story-related, cannot be missed.

This achievement will unlock during Act II when you pass through Johnny’s circus tent and are given the mission objective of repairing all three of his attractions in order to win over Vincenzo’s loyalty.

You Broke My Finger! 25
Unlocked when the player leaves the Cinema.  

Story-related, cannot be missed.

This achievement will unlock during Act I once you have distracted the thugs from beating up Johnny inside the Cinema and proceed out the back door of the theater to the Hotel Excelsior.


 
 
 
Game Info
Developer:
Compulsion Games
Publisher:
Compulsion Games
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Release:

US June 26, 2014

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