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Compulsion Games
Focus Home Interactive
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows November 15, 2013
Metacritic 62
OpenCritic 60
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person, Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform, Puzzle
Art styles Stylized
Themes Interwar, North America, Supernatural
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General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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All versions require Steam DRM.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Collector's edition Includes Original Soundtrack and the Programme (Artwork, Dev. Diary).
No option to buy separately.[1]

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use launch parameter[citation needed]
  • Add Menu_CabaretWithoutLogo to the game's launch parameter. Note that there is no dash (-) before the first word.


For information how to use launch parameters, see Command line arguments.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Contrast\ContrastGame\Config\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224460/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\binaries\win32\contrastsave*[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224460/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

The game uses graphic presets (low, medium, high) and doesn't offer advanced settings.

Field of view (FOV)

Use Flawless Widescreen[citation needed]
Set hotkeys in ContrastInput.ini[2]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Contrast\ContrastGame\Config\ContrastInput.ini
  2. Go to [Engine.PlayerInput] and add the following lines with the FOV you want:
    • Bindings=(Name="L", Command="FOV 150")
    • Bindings=(Name="K", Command="FOV 90")
  3. Save your changes. Start the game and press K to use the new FOV.


Press L to lower FOV for cutscenes and puzzles that don't display correctly with high FOV values.

Borderless fullscreen windowed

Set borderless windowed[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Open the Display menu and select "Windowed Mode" and "Force Override".
  4. Expand "Window Management" and "Style and Position".
  5. Enable "Borderless" and "Fullscreen (Borderless Upscale)".
  6. Restart game to apply the changes.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)

Set AF manually[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open ContrastEngine.ini.
  3. Change MaxAnisotropy=4 to MaxAnisotropy=16.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

SGSSAA (Nvidia only)[3]
  1. Download and open Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Open the Contrast profile.
  3. Set Antialiasing Compatibility to 0x080000C1.
  4. Set Antialiasing Mode to Override any application setting.
  5. Set Antialiasing Setting to 4x Multisampling or your desired level of MSAA.
  6. Set Antialiasing Transparency Supersampling to match the level of Multisampling.
  7. Apply changes and close the program.

Vertical sync (Vsync)

Disable Vsync[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open ContrastEngine.ini.
  3. Change UseVsync=True to UseVsync=False.

High frame rate

Change frame rate smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open ContrastEngine.ini.
  3. Search and change bSmoothFrameRate to FALSE or raise MaxSmoothedFrameRate value.
  4. Save file.
For more information, see the Unreal Engine 3 page.


Mouse settings.
Mouse settings.
Controls screen.
Controls screen.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Modify ContrastInput.ini.
Mouse acceleration
See Mouse smoothing. A mix of no acceleration and negative acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Right click to go back
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Native support for Xbox 360 controller
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Modify ContrastInput.ini.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Mouse smoothing

Modify ContrastInput.ini[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Contrast\ContrastGame\Config\ContrastInput.ini
  2. Go to bEnableMouseSmoothing under the section [Engine.PlayerInput] and change the value to false
  3. Save your changes and start the game.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
BGM, SFX, Dialogue
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


It's not possible to change language and subtitles separately.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Contrast.

Other information


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista SP1, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) AMD / Intel 2.3 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon X2600 XT
Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX
512 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).