- Estimated achievement difficulty: 1/10
- Offline: 22/22 [1000/1000]
- Online: 0/22 [1000/1000]
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 4-5 hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements?: No
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed?: None
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.
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.
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.
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.
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