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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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Score distribution:
  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. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jul 16, 2014
    85
    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: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  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. Aug 23, 2017
    9
    Great puzzles. The Swapper was a PS Plus "free" game a a few years ago. I remember watching a trailer and it looked like the game was someGreat puzzles. The Swapper was a PS Plus "free" game a a few years ago. I remember watching a trailer and it looked like the game was some kind of platformer with swappable bodies. In truth, it is a puzzle game. There is some mild eye hand coordination required to solve some of the puzzles, such as falling and then creating a clone and swapping into it before you fall to your death. Mostly though, the puzzles require thought, delightful thought.

    The game has some story to it. You start in a tin can crashing on an alien planet. There is an abandoned research station and an abandoned space station. Or is it abandoned? Someone is alive up there and she provides a convincing voice performance. Not all of the story is spelled it in text and audio. Some of it has to be figured out by the player, and I love that about this game. The graphics quality seems a little dated, though this is no retro looking game. All in all, the graphics do not matter much because the real stars of the game are the puzzles.

    While this game was "free" for me, I nevertheless found it to be a game of high value. My play through took about 6 hours and those 6 hours included some fine exploration, reading of logs, and difficult puzzles that I refused to solve with YouTube. If you like puzzle games, I highly recommend The Swapper.
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  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. Dec 29, 2014
    8
    First off, regardless of the overwhelming positive reviews, wait to buy this game. It will be free for the month of January 2015. Now then,First off, regardless of the overwhelming positive reviews, wait to buy this game. It will be free for the month of January 2015. Now then, about Swapper. If you have been struggling to find that old school side-scroll puzzle fix circa Flashback and PoP (the original PoP), look no further. While there is no actual combat in Swapper to speak of, there is a simple yet deceptively complex puzzle niche that evolves beautifully with the game and keeps the brain-picking segments entertaining. The level of difficulty isn't overwhelming, with just the right amount of "I'm stumped" before the realization that leads to the head slap that leads to beating the puzzle. It's really the perfect marriage of puzzle and side-scroller, with beautiful scenery all rendered with claymation and common household objects. The story is intriguing, and while I never really grew attached to the main character, I do not think you are necessarily meant to. I personally had a blast using the cloning feature to throw carcasses all over the screen, but it struck my wife much differently as she always felt remorseful when making that inevitable sacrifice. Overall it was a decent attempt at throwing a mystery in the mix, but the short length and rather quick wrap up of the story was somewhat jarring, and left a bad after-taste on the story as a whole. Besides the game being a tad short, there are few flaws to wag the finger at here. The sound is haunting, when its appropriate and eerily soothing although pretty simplistic in other areas, but the draw of finding the next puzzle to complete is fluent throughout the experience, a hurdle most puzzle games fail to clear. 8/10, remember, wait for January and snag it for free. Expand
  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 10, 2016
    7
    Fantastic little puzzle game that suffers from lacklustre voice acting, which destroys the players immersion. The atmosphere created by theFantastic little puzzle game that suffers from lacklustre voice acting, which destroys the players immersion. The atmosphere created by the beautiful soundtrack and visuals on offer, make this game worth your time regardless Expand
  7. Feb 13, 2015
    4
    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

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