Contre Jour (Best mobile game of E3) Review

Review of Contre Jour HD

Developer: Chillingo Ltd

Price(28/08/2011): $2.99

Author’s Rating: 9.5

Contre Jour refers to back-lighting in French defines the gorgeous graphic style of this game. The beautiful silhouettes combined with an eerie soundtrack creates such an engrossing ambiance that would keep most people captivated for hours. And that’s without even mentioning the gameplay. The gameplay of Contre Jour is based on smart blend of concepts of the infamous Cut the Rope and the engaging Spirits. The physics-based puzzles are extremely well thought out and every puzzle just simple can’t stop oozing (literally) out fun.

Use your fingers to pull, swipe, and tap gadgets such as tendrils, air geysers, and pulleys or morph the landscape and propel Petit to safety. In each level, your objective is to collect a maximum of 3 “blue lights” per level and guide Petit, the cute little eyeball, into a portal. While the puzzles can get pretty difficult, the way in which Petit is animated into every form that you stretch him to makes it so intuitive that you don’t even care how many times you need to restart the puzzle. It’s just so… nice.. to see Petit wobbling about.

After solving each puzzle, you will unlock the next puzzle. This goes on and on as you subconsciously get immersed into the game. Creativity, delicate fingers, timing and reflexes are key if you are trying to score the maximum 3 lights. However, if you are a casual gamer, just a little bit of thinking and trial and error would get you through most stages. Either way, you will definitely be charmed by the suave graphics.

Contre Jour is also awesome to play with friends on the harder levels which might require some quick reflexes and anticipation. Each player can then take on a certain role and solve the trickier puzzles without the need of the single player blitz mode fingers. It is actually surprising how much easier it is when you’re not the only player trying to solve the puzzle.

There are currently 3 worlds each packing 20 unique levels each. In case anyone could ever get bored of Contre Jour’s beautiful artwork, each world changes the theme of its graphics slightly, keeping the game fresh as ever. After the 3 worlds, there would be more chapters yet to come in the upcoming updates.

Simply delightful art, sound and gameplay all combined together provides such a treat for everyone. A cut above other games, I would recommend it everybody who have yet to experienced it. This award winning game is definitely a must have on your iPad.

Review by Smoking Crows

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3 Responses to “Contre Jour (Best mobile game of E3) Review”


  1. 1 mobile application developer September 7, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Contre-jour, French for ‘against daylight’, refers to photographs taken when the camera is pointing directly toward a source of light. An alternative term is backlighting. Contre-jour produces backlighting of the subject. This effect usually hides details, causes a stronger contrast between light and dark, creates silhouettes and emphasizes lines and shapes. The sun, or other light source, is often seen as either a bright spot or as a strong glare behind the subject. Fill light may be used to illuminate the side of the subject facing toward the camera. Silhouetting occurs when there is a lighting ratio of 16:1 or more; at lower ratios such as 8:1 the result is instead called low-key lighting

  2. 2 AOMBase September 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for that info. It’s very interesting. (I know it sounds like i’m being sarcastic, but i’m not. really do find it interesting.) – Black Cows

  3. 3 smoking alternative July 30, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Your style is unique compared to other people I’ve read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just
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