Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Jun 20, 2013
    The Swapper is a wonderful puzzle game. An amazing title.
  2. Jun 21, 2013
    The art design is unique, the lighting as well as the haunting soundtrack deliver a dense atmosphere. Together with its philosophical questions the result is a very impressive and challenging platformer.
  3. Jul 24, 2013
    Even though simplicity is at the very heart of this game, it’s a dynamic experience as the player pulls off one unique challenge after another.
  4. CD-Action
    Aug 2, 2013
    An interesting puzzle game that really makes you think hard now and then. [CD-Action 09/2013, p.71]
  5. Jun 19, 2013
    If you’re coming for the puzzles then you’ll have a great time, if you want a story that makes you question your beliefs then you may find what you’re looking for and if you just want to sit in awe at the clay world then that’s fine too.
  6. May 30, 2013
    I came away from The Swapper with nothing but amazement. From the first time you see the literally hand-crafted visuals until the final moment in the game, which is sure to give you pause for thought, you will be in complete awe. Brilliant puzzles with even more brilliant solutions compliment the philosophical plotline, leaving an unforgettable experience unlike any other.
  7. Jun 7, 2013
    This is serious sci-fi, concerned not so much with aliens and gadgetry, but the effects these things have on the soul.
  8. 90
    It shines in each and every discipline, only taking the very occasional and tiny misstep, you'll be hard pressed to notice or get in arms about. It's one of these games that gets you thinking long after you finished it, which makes me want to recommend it even more.
  9. Jul 4, 2013
    The Swapper is a fascinating and well-crafted adventure that strongly subordinates gameplay to narrative. Though this could appeal to the most introspective players, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
  10. Jun 28, 2013
    The Swapper is an expertly designed puzzle platform game that excels in every area. Although the story is a bit hidden away in log files, it’s well worth going through them to expand the experience. This indie game is rivaling the quality of many of the AAA titles this year so far.
  11. Jun 24, 2013
    The Swapper is an adventure where atmosphere, involving visuals and sound go hand in hand to make you dream. Seriously unmissable!
  12. May 30, 2013
    A highly atmospheric, gorgeous title with a variety of mind-bending puzzles. The ride is over quickly, but it will stick with me for quite some time.
  13. Jun 19, 2013
    An atmospheric puzzle / platformer, but with a story as well. With a solid narrative nicely merged with the game mechanics. It might be a little easy for puzzle lovers, but the overall experience really calls for attention.
  14. Jun 21, 2013
    It's no epic, but The Swapper is a satisfying morsel of a game, well worth playing.
  15. Jun 24, 2013
    The Swapper surprises until the end. Not only thanks to interesting game mechanics and brain breaking puzzles, but also due to a philosophical story that leaves a strong impression and makes you think about the world around you. A game with a message like this shouldn't be missed.
  16. Jun 5, 2013
    The Swapper is clever, creepy, beautiful and bizarre all at the same time. It stands out with tight gameplay, macabre music and actually hand-crafted visuals. The puzzles are challenging and at the same time The Swapper asks some surprisingly philosophical questions, which makes the story interesting. This gaming experience will stick with you for a long time.
  17. Games Master UK
    Jul 29, 2013
    A crafty, atmospheric puzzler. [Sept 2013, p.77]
  18. games(TM)
    Jul 28, 2013
    Brimming with intelligent game design. [Issue#137, p.121]
  19. Sep 30, 2013
    Puzzle platformers have discovered a new direction. Swapper philosophizes, pines over, drools, but the main thing is hidden in its gameplay. Swapper is able to clone people. And that is fun.
  20. May 30, 2013
    Unique visuals and clever puzzle design help the philosophical puzzle game The Swapper feel fresh throughout its relatively short life span.
  21. Jun 7, 2013
    With a unique gameplay premise that is explored to its logical ends, both in terms of the problems you’ll be solving and the narrative wrapped around them, and a stunningly atmospheric backdrop, The Swapper proves to be a satisfying and thought-provoking adventure that all puzzle fans will enjoy.
  22. Jun 10, 2013
    Quotation forthcoming.
  23. Jun 20, 2013
    This is a game that demands more from its players, and treats them as capable thinkers. Don’t make the mistake of dismissing The Swapper.
  24. Jun 6, 2013
    The Swapper is a wonderfully clever game that’s as smart as it is atmospheric.
  25. Jun 10, 2013
    The Swapper is a game that perfectly blends gameplay, story, aesthetics, and mood to shine as a perfect experience of the type of experience only video games can deliver.
  26. Jun 1, 2013
    Very few puzzle games have ever managed to marry impeccable challenges with a mature storytelling quite like this – there's no fluff or extraneous content here, only a prime example of how to create a tight, unforgettable gaming experience.
  27. Aug 4, 2014
    The game is not about death or life but about the soul leaving the body and heading someplace new. It’s about the brief moment it spends flying.
  28. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Oct 24, 2013
    A puzzle platformer that won't frustrate nor bore you. The puzzles complete a solid story, which is unique even for an indie game. [Issue#234]
  29. Sep 10, 2013
    The Swapper is a unique experience that will charm any fan of science fiction as well as fans of games like Braid, Metroid and Castlevania. The game looks and sounds beautiful and the cloning mechanics are both novel, creative and challenging.
  30. May 31, 2013
    A superb offering, a metaphysical discussion masterfully disguised as an excellently designed puzzle game. A game that you will remember.
  31. Jun 20, 2013
    The Swapper isn't a mere platform puzzle game: its deep narrative side fit perfectly the gameplay. Maybe it's a little short, but there isn't nothing else like it.
  32. Jul 28, 2013
    Low-key, effective storytelling and a hyperfocus on puzzles. The Swapper exemplifies the adage that less is more.
  33. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 7, 2013
    The Swapper is a first-rate puzzle platformer that boasts a gorgeous atmosphere as well. The story doesn't quite live up to its potential, though, but it's not a major issue. [Aug 2013]
  34. Jun 25, 2013
    A fantastic puzzle game because its best riddles are the ones that can't be solved.
  35. Jul 5, 2013
    It is something really different and interesting, that pushed us to keep on playing till we finished it.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 482 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 96
  2. Negative: 1 out of 96
  1. May 31, 2013
    Thank you so much for such a masterpiece! The swapper is a game for your ears, your eyes, oh and even for your brain too. If you´re going toThank you so much for such a masterpiece! The swapper is a game for your ears, your eyes, oh and even for your brain too. If you´re going to play The Swapper, you really have to turn off the lights and put on your Headphones now you´re ready to dip into one of the most atmospheric Games in this Genre! Full Review »
  2. May 30, 2013
    This is a very good puzzle platform game with a fun little manic. It is stunning, it doesn't drown you with music and puts it where itsThis is a very good puzzle platform game with a fun little manic. It is stunning, it doesn't drown you with music and puts it where its needed. It is a bit creepy not scary but otherwise its very good! Full Review »
  3. Sep 17, 2013
    There have been some amazing games over the past few months with indie titles making the cream. This 'The Swapper' is one of those suchThere have been some amazing games over the past few months with indie titles making the cream. This 'The Swapper' is one of those such titles. It overloads the atmosphere and at the same time is a calming experience. The puzzles are entertaining, graphics excellent, controls simple, music (the best feature) is simply stunning. Well worth buying and grab it on Steam now as it's 25% off!!! As someone else said, turn off the lights and play with headphones to really appreciate this gem. Full Review »