Contre Jour Review – A Great Puzzler

On January 2, 2012

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Contre Jour Review – A Great Puzzler

Our rating:

By: Chillingo

Version #: 1.1

Date Released: 2011-11-03


Price: $0.99

User Rating:

I’ve always loved a good puzzle, so when I saw Contre Jour, I knew that it would be the perfect game for me. Contre Jour combines pleasing graphics with interesting music to create a masterpiece that is perfect for any puzzle-lover.
Contre Jour is French for “against daylight,” and upon launching the app, users realize why this name was chosen. In Contre Jour, the user must guide Petit, a strange looking black orb, to safety. Instead of manipulating Petit through a d-pad or swiping, you must change the landscape. You can create hills, valleys, ramps, anything that you may need to collect the three lights and arrive at the exit.

With the exception of the three orbs of light and the exit, most of the levels are in complete “darkness” consisting of black and gray, which fits the name of Contre Jour. I loved the graphics in this game; combining the simple, yet elegant, backgrounds with the interesting characters, Contre Jour is definitely pleasing to the eyes.

Another great aspect of Contre Jour is the soundtrack by David Ari Leon. The great music adds to the fun game and compliments it perfectly. Contre Jour is one of the few games where I actually enjoy the music, rather than quickly muting it upon launching the app.

Of course, gameplay is one of the most important aspects of a game, and Contre Jour also succeeds in this category. There are currently sixty levels spread over three worlds. You start out with twenty levels and unlock twenty levels at 40 lights; another twenty levels are unlocked at 90 lights. Contre Jour was fun at every level because different factors such as slingshots, monsters, and obstacles were added.

Overall, Contre Jour is a marvelous app that satisfies your mind, eyes, and ears. It combines great music, great graphics, and great puzzles to create a great game. If you are looking for a great puzzle game, then check out Contre Jour in the App Store.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:definitely

Learning Curve:low

Who Is It For:the puzzle lover

What I Like:beautiful graphics, great music, fun levels

What I Don't Like:nothing!

Final Statement:Contre Jour is a great game and highly worth the price!

Read the Developer's Notes:
Best Mobile Game of E3 ‹ GamePro
Best Mobile Game of E3 Finalist ‹ IGN
Best Mobile/Handheld Game of E3 Nominee ‹ Game Critics Awards

Blurring the lines between games and interactive art, Contre Jour welcomes you to a hauntingly beautiful world shaped by the interplay of light and darkness.

Use your finger to morph the landscape, propelling the mysterious creature Petit to safety. Pull, swipe, and tap gadgets such as tendrils, air geysers, and pulleys to complete clever puzzles. Set to a poignant orchestrated soundtrack from composer David Ari Leon, Contre Jour both delights and bedevils from start to finish.

Press Quotes
"Contre Jour…seems like the complete package. It has challenging physics-based puzzles, a unique gameplay hook, beautiful graphics, and an eerie soundtrack. Keep a gigantic, rolling eyeball out for this game…” — Slide To Play

“I'm totally loving the look and feel of this one.” — TouchArcade

“It's a seriously gorgeous and addictive game, and I can't wait for it to come out.” — IGN

“The star of [E3] was Contre Jour, a darkly-weird platformer where you manipulate the ground around you.” — GamePro

Contre Jour Highlights
• Three chapters featuring sixty unique levels, as well as one hundred and eighty collectable lights, will have you playing for hours and hours.
• Use extremely intuitive controls to change the environment around you.
• Ten different interactive elements to master; portals, slingshots, tentacles, blowers and more.
• Stunning visual style places Contre Jour in a league of it’s own – simply one of the most beautiful games of the year.
• Rich, organic and original soundtrack by David Ari Leon perfectly matches Petit’s journey. Get some headphones and lose yourself in the world of Contre Jour.
• Unlock a variety of achievements as you play, can you find them all?

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