Contrast’s launch trailer rocks my world! The latest game developed by Compulsion Games was released on Steam yesterday under their Indie games section, and it’s a whirlwind mess of oh-my-goodness! With a very appropriate name, Contrast is filled with just that—contrasts. You play as Dawn, the imaginary friend of a little girl name Didi who has a less than ideal home life. With an absentee father and a mother who spends her nights performing at the local night club to make money, Contrast has the kind of plot one typically expects from a page-turning novel. Add to the fact that daddy’s back in town and trying to do right by the family he abandoned adds even more complexity to the story.
With a 1920s film noir setting, you (Dawn) go through the game with the power to shift between both 2D and 3D worlds. Get it? Contrasts! The gameplay consists of you using the different sources of light in the 3D world to cast shadows in the 2D world to solve puzzles (Editor’s Note: Sounds similar to Ghost Trick). You basically become your shadow and race through the game while jumping in and out of worlds. More contrasts! That’s all I have for now folks; everything else about this game is a bit of a mystery since I haven’t played it yet. But I’m excited to solve the many puzzles that fill this amazing world. Look out for a review in the near future since I will be downloading this game within moments.
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How many NES games can you name off the top of your head right now? Ten, maybe 15? I’m guessing the popular ones like the Mario games, Zelda, Ninja Gaiden I and II, maybe Final Fantasy? There were around 799 games released for the NES (if you include both licensed and unlicensed). Let me repeat that if you didn’t catch how many that actually is, that’s 799. Now getting to the actual point of this post, two years ago Australian artist Campbell Whyte took on the equally if not larger artistic quest of making an 8 bit illustration for every game that was released. This unbelievable and a bit geeky personal side project is titled “8 Bit Dreams” and it is pretty incredible.
The drawings are also very well done as well (not saying he can’t draw), but they look like cool cartoon characters rather than the pixelated ones floating around Google images. Posted above is a video preview of the first 375. I have to be honest that even though I’m a pretty big video game junkie (new, old, and the classics), even I had trouble trying to figure out what illustration was for which game. The entire finished project was revealed in September at a group exhibition titled Nights and Weekends at the Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis. On September 22nd, after the exhibition ended, the originals became available for purchase, and of course he takes commissions as well.
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