by Becky Chambers | 1:00 pm, November 29th, 2013
A little girl named Didi lies alone in her bedroom. Her mother is out working for the night, singing love songs at the local cabaret. Her father hasn’t been home for some time. When Didi asked whether he’d return, her mother replied, “Maybe when he’s ready.” She has no siblings, no apparent friends — except one, who appeared without explanation, and who no one else can see. An acrobat, looking a little like Didi’s mother (and a lot like Amanda Palmer during her Dresden Dolls days). Her name is Dawn, and in her world, no one exists but Didi. Of the others, she sees only shadows, cast by adults having conversations beyond her companion’s understanding.
A magical premise, and one so original I’d already fallen halfway in love with Contrast from the trailer alone. But as I played, I found that this puzzle platformer has much in common with the younger of its two protagonists — a good soul, but a troubled one.READ MORE