Features & Use
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S2 (I9100G)
Android version: 4.0.4
Runs as of: 2.2
The Chillingo crew set out to blurr the boundaries between art and gaming, and Contre Jour is the result. The app is quite mesmerising – I haven't been able to tear away myself away from it since I installed it.
The game came out back in 2011 for iOS and garnered accolades and prizes galore. An Android release - or rumours thereof - was in the pipeline for a while and it finally came out at the end of 2012 – and was very well received by the Android community. It is currently listed as the second most popular pay-for app in Google Play.
Imagine a World of Goo, Angry Birds and Cut the Rope lovechild: that's Contre Jour. Petit, the big-eyed, fox-tailed hero of the game has to be guided through a 2D world. There are five chapters and 100 lovingly made levels of fun. Controls are via touchscreen and Petit has to make his way along various settings and backdrops. he may even find himself travelling via portal or canon. Goals can easily be spotted thanks to the white light emanating from them. More lights can be collected along the way; you need to have 300 of these under your belt to be able to access all levels.
This game is in a league of its own thanks to the spectacular graphics, the innovative details and underlying ideas. I really am head over heels for this wonderfully designed app, especially when you consider that every world has its own distinct look, though the game is nicely homogenous on the whole.
Machines and monsters: the game worlds are thrilling. The atmosphere feels very real and present, and the details are alive, right down to the smallest blade of grass or leaf that is blowing in the wind. Black and white, a few specks of colours, shining lights – perfection. If that's not enough, the score is also pretty sweet (we have David Ari Leon to thank for this) and each part of the app, including the menu, has its own piano composition. The sound effects are equally good.
Contre Jour will transport you into another world, so hold tight and dive in to a unique adventure. As mentioned, I'm very impressed by the game's graphics, features, set up, overall tone and the ideas behind it. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
Screen & Controls
The Contre Jour design is truely one of the nicest I’ve seen. It’s both unique and mesmerising, right down tot he menu set up. Controls are fluid and intuitive.
Speed & Stability
Contre Jour performed very nice and without lagging or crashing.
Contre Jour is available for €0.75, a very fair price for a game that is both innovative and engaging.