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  • Summary: The Swapper features a unique art style that uses real-world clay-models and found objects to create an explorable space station realised in unique detail; gameplay sees players swap between different bodies to achieve otherwise impossible tasks. The game has won awards from IndieCade, Develop and Freeplay, and been a finalist in many more. Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Aug 6, 2014
    100
    So many puzzle platformers suffer from issues like length and boring puzzles but The Swapper delivers on all fronts and then also adds an intriguing story with questions about morality and humanity that are incredibly interesting.
  2. Jul 25, 2014
    90
    The Swapper is a masterpiece of design.
  3. Aug 20, 2014
    90
    A great puzzle experience with brilliant level design and a unique visual style. If you like this sort of game, you can't miss out on the Swapper.
  4. Jul 28, 2014
    85
    The Swapper is a wonderful puzzle game. An amazing title.
  5. Sep 1, 2014
    80
    The Swapper delivers nice gameplay mechanics solid and engaging story, and good graphics... too bad that is too short.
  6. 80
    One of the best action puzzlers for several years, made all the better by some surprisingly distinctive storytelling and visuals.
  7. Aug 22, 2014
    65
    I support sci-fi that does more than ask people to shoot aliens with futuristic guns, but there's just not enough coherence in The Swapper to put up with the split between the intriguing premise and the contrivances that surround it.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    The Swapper is a very interesting side scrolling sci-fi puzzler in the vein of the original Metroid series but there are no enemies to kill you here. There is a truly artistic feel to it and it is quite unique in it's style. You control a device called "The Swapper" which produce a limited number of copies of yourself in which you use to solve puzzles which get progressively harder as the game goes on. It isn't a very long game (4 hours max) but it is an intriguing story with questions about morality and humanity that are incredibly thought provoking. Overall, it is one of the best games I have ever played and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Expand
  2. Aug 14, 2014
    9
    The swapper is a traditional side scrolling sci-fi puzzler, the graphics are not mind blowing, but there not meant to be, but they are truly artistic and unique. You control a device called "the swapper" which produces copies of yourself in which you use to help solve puzzles and other tasks. the amount of mystery surrounding this game is overwhelming, the atmosphere is so compelling too. Truly unique game, loving it. Expand
  3. Nov 21, 2014
    8
    The Swapper is a 2D platform puzzle game made by Facepalm Games, a small indie developer hailing from Helsinki, Finland. This is their first game.

    Today I’m reviewing the PS4 version.

    You play a nameless astronaut stranded aboard the Theseus. A huge space station in orbit above a mineral rich planet, Chori V. Shortly after arriving on The Theseus you find a tool which allows you to clone yourself and transfer your consciousness to any one of the clones that you choose to create. This tool, is referred to as the 'Swapper'.
    The cause of the visible disarray of the Theseus is not known at first. But you find snippets of information through consoles which are spread throughout the game containing logs and messages between crew members aboard the space station.

    The first thing you notice when you take control of your unnamed anti- hero is that it feels a bit weird. Pushing left on the controller doesn't turn your character around but makes him walk backwards. You control which way your character faces by using the right stick which is unusual for a 2D platformer. The odd feeling is short lived however, as you soon realise when you pick up your 'weapon' that this method makes perfect sense. The controller becomes an extension of your body in no time at all, such is the simplicity of the button layout.

    It soon becomes apparent that to progress through the game you are going to have to kill yourself a lot of times. I'm not talking about the usual trial and error method of dying, restarting from a checkpoint and trying something different. Yeah, there's a small amount of that in there but I'm talking about actually sacrificing a huge amount of your exact replicas, in order to get from A to B, or to solve a puzzle. It's pretty grim if you stop to think about it. You're creating human beings with the intention of killing them all in the name of self-preservation. But you soon get over it.
    The aim of the game is to collect orbs so that you can access new areas. You get orbs by solving puzzles. Every orb is located in an elaborately laid out room in which you need to replicate yourself to traverse, the puzzle is solved when you collect the orb. It sounds simple enough and for the most part, it is. There were only two puzzles that had me completely stumped but it was nothing a little perseverance and thinking outside of the box couldn't solve. I'd say that the increase in difficulty as you move through the game is perfect. It's always difficult and you always feel a little bit out of your depth which is what makes The Swapper so rewarding. You're gently introduced to new simple mechanics and obstacles and not bombarded with barrage of skills and special moves that some games are guilty of, leaving everything feeling a bit worthless.

    Something I haven't spoken about yet is the look of the game. You can see for yourself that game is absolutely gorgeous looking. Facepalm Games created clay models of the backdrop components and sprites and put them in the game to astounding effect. It's all very rudimentary looking but well crafted. Spruced up by some luscious lighting and beautifully used filters.
    This is accompanied by an incredibly unnerving soundtrack that wouldn't be out of place in Kubrick's Space Odyssey. A blend of ambient synth noises and a morose piano score work well together to create a mood that can be frankly, chilling at times.
    Though the voice acting is a little poor, I'm not sure if this is just ignorant preference on my part as I detest “well spoken, upper/middle class English”.

    The game is short, taking me under 5 hours initially, the pacing is perfect. If you like your problem solving games and enjoyed the likes of Braid, Limbo, Shadow Complex or even Super Meat Boy, you will not regret picking up this game. It had my full attention throughout and I felt fully satisfied by the end of it. I enjoyed my second play through seeking out the very vague and elusive trophies, of which I had a tally of zero after my first go round. And would still have zero if I hadn't used a guide to figure out how to unlock them. I recommend trying to unlock the trophies without using a guide, but only if you have the time. It could take you a while.
    All in all The Swapper is a hell of a game. While I don't hold it in the same esteem as Braid I love it nonetheless. It's concise and a perfect example of less being more. It's rare that I buy a game and find myself thinking about it when I'm not playing it. This, is one of those games. I take my hat off to Facepalm Games and I cannot wait to see what they do next.

    On the Waynescale it gets 4 Wayne's out of 5.
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  4. Aug 26, 2014
    7
    The Swapper is a very interesting title as an indie game generally, while it has one of the smartest concepts in the puzzle platformer genre. Its length and the lack of more than one gameplay ideas has left us wanting more, as they do not justify the title's price. On the other hand it's got excellent atmosphere, one of the best concepts about clones/soul and is so consistent throughout all of its aspects that makes the better AAA games.

    If you like this genre, definetely check it out, as it will control your self-centric behaviour about satisfaction through solving puzzles in the best possible way with both making you feel clever and honest.
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