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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,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: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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
    No matter the platform, The Swapper is a game that people should play. It may be a year later, but the game still stands out as one of the most creative and forward-thinking indie releases in recent memory.
  3. Jan 15, 2015
    90
    This is a very peculiar game with an excellent gameplay and an extremely interesting plot.
  4. While it lasts, The Swapper is one of the cleverest puzzle games in recent memory, both in terms of its mechanics and philosophical plot. [August 2014, p82]
  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. May 8, 2015
    50
    Despite being impressed by its visuals and attention to detail, I hadn’t first realized how short and lacking in substance it was, and I always begrudge video games like that being released in the first place.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Feb 22, 2015
    10
    This is a game that you spent over an hour for just one puzzle. Everything perfect. Atmosphere, soundtrack, gameplay. Identified itself fromThis is a game that you spent over an hour for just one puzzle. Everything perfect. Atmosphere, soundtrack, gameplay. Identified itself from other games very well. This is something else entirely. Unique. Giving 10/10. Amazing ! Expand
  2. Feb 3, 2015
    9
    The Swapper has everything I want from a puzzle game. A story just compelling enough to make me want to complete the next puzzle, and theThe Swapper has everything I want from a puzzle game. A story just compelling enough to make me want to complete the next puzzle, and the puzzle itself being innovative and interesting to stretch my thinking. The difficulty ramps up significantly at a certain point in the game, and I had to use a walkthrough a few times. My only gripe is that once you complete the game, you cannot go back and locate the secret rooms necessary to complete the trophies in the game. I missed out on interesting story pieces because of this, and because it's a puzzle game, the replayability is low. Expand
  3. 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 trulyThe 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
  4. 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 firstThe 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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  5. 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.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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  6. Feb 13, 2015
    7
    The swapper is an okay little puzzler, whether it will hold your attention to the end depends on how much you enjoy side scrolling puzzlers.The swapper is an okay little puzzler, whether it will hold your attention to the end depends on how much you enjoy side scrolling puzzlers. The puzzles range from easy to very difficult but all are fair and have a logical way of solving. The graphics suit the game and the music is eerie. I didn't complete the game but put in a good few hours. As a short break in-between playing AAA titles this game is a nice filler but not the best indie I've played. Worth checking out but wont blow you away. Expand
  7. May 11, 2015
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I do not have to say anything more. But i need to write one hundred and fifty characters. i think my score can describe it............................ Expand

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