The Swapper Reviews (Windows)
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|Acting||The quality of the voice or video acting.||4.2|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||4.3|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||4.6|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||4.3|
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|Overall User Score (12 votes)||4.3|
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Power Unlimited (Jul, 2013)
The Swapper heeft de structuur van Super Metroid, het sfeertje van de film Moon en duizelingwekkende platformpuzzels die flink wat vergen van je voorstellingsvermogen. Een beetje zoals in Braid, maar dan anders. (...) The Swapper is briljant, en uiteindelijk helemaal zichzelf.
Hooked Gamers (Jun 10, 2013)
No game is perfect, but The Swapper is as close to it as I’ve played in a long time. A score of “10” denotes that despite any dismissively minuscule flaws, the game is one that can and should be enjoyed by anyone and raises the bar in its genre. Therefore, I have no reservations awarding it here. 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. Please developers, I beg you, look here and see that the path to truly enjoyable games is not paved with high pixel counts, handfuls of modes, or buckets and buckets of bullets. Instead, it is formed with bricks of balance, ingenuity, and heart.
Darkstation (Jun 19, 2013)
When I finished The Swapper I didn't want more puzzles, I didn't want more logs to flesh out the world or give me answers and I didn't want to jump back in to solve some of the puzzles I had missed or chose not to do. I sat back and marveled at the complete experience I had with The Swapper and relished every second I spent in the game's world. A unique art style made with care, a game mechanic that is simple to pick up and, while never changing, still full of surprises later on, and a story that I found to be touching in the end. The Swapper isn't in your face with bright colors and loud explosions. It's laid back and relaxed while it shows you just how great it is. 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.
Destructoid (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.
The Controller Online (May 31, 2013)
The Swapper is a unique experience, but you could definitely compare parts of it to games like Shadow Complex, Limbo, Dead Space, Trine and even Portal. If you like any combination of those games, then you’ll instantly fall in love with The Swapper. The story may not be the star of the show, but between the unique gameplay mechanics, beautiful environments and brilliant puzzles, it’s one of the best puzzle-platformers that I’ve ever played. The Swapper may be short, but I think you’ll agree that it was definitely worth both your time and your money.
IGN (May 31, 2013)
The Swapper tempted me with ingenious puzzles, transported me to a fully realized science-fiction world, and made me ask questions about mortality and morality that few video games have ever dared to explore. 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.
Game Informer Magazine (May 30, 2013)
Some of my favorite gaming experiences are those that come out of left field and completely blindside me. I love it when a big-budget, triple-A title meets high expectations, but I’m sometimes even more happy when a title I’ve never heard of blows me away. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with The Swapper; it continuously surprised and impressed me from its intriguing first moments to its fantastic ending.
GameTrailers (Jun 20, 2013)
The inventive puzzles and smart storytelling here are reinforced with an impeccable sense of style. The game’s subtle, claymation-esque art lends an appropriate degree of fragility; the space station you explore is very mechanical and imposing, while your character is like a bug capable of being squashed at any second. (...) Color is also used very effectively, your character drifting through gray halls like a ghost as lights loudly flicker in the background. Other tricks, like the screen getting fuzzy as if it were an old CRT monitor, add an alien element that only furthers the sense of isolation. To simply describe the experience as a challenging puzzle game would sell short its fascinating environments and carefully constructed narrative. There’s a lot more to it than you can convey with a box quote or one minute trailer. 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.
Games TM (Jul 18, 2013)
The Swapper is brimming with intelligent game design. Lightning-fast body spawns and swaps are needed to tackle every room as you push deeper into Theseus, and it isn't long before the deceptively simple mechanics reveal a wealth of opportunity for Facepalm to really play with skill and expectation. Every death, be it a replica or your own, feels heavy. Bodies crumple, you hear the thud of them fall as you attempt to body-swap away from further personal destruction, each replica a shell, your consciousness flittering away in an attempt to survive. Blending complicated themes with compelling game design, The Swapper is proof that we still have space to build better indies.
New Game Network (Jan 02, 2014)
As a new IP, The Swapper is one of the best around. The great puzzles, superbly told story and beautiful visuals make me excited for whatever comes next from the Finnish developer.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jun 07, 2013)
The precise moment of realisation in a puzzle game often has a peculiar kind of gravity to it - you can almost feel the tumblers rolling and dropping in your mind. No wonder we talk about pieces falling into place: I don't get it. Clunk. Got it. If you enjoy that feeling, you'll love The Swapper - although you'll have to truly earn those instances of airy satisfaction as you pick over a series of ingenious, sometimes maddening challenges. You'll also have to use your victories to keep you warm through the chill of this fiercely atmospheric game - a tale of gloomy derelict space hulks and morally ambiguous technology that is told to the beat of a hundred, a thousand, perhaps a hundred thousand deaths.
Polygon (Jun 25, 2013)
The Swapper is a slow and thoughtful game unnervingly fixated on its gratuitous death toll. It's a puzzle game that asks you to consider your actions, both literally and mentally — what they did and what they cost. It is the space marine shooter inverted. Its antagonists are immobile, talkative rocks; its environment is static and action-free; its sole weapon only kills you. And The Swapper is a fantastic puzzle game because its best riddles are the ones that can't be solved.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Jun 21, 2013)
Het is sinds Braid geleden dat we zo'n goede puzzel-platforming game speelden. Een uniek kloonconcept, briljante puzzels en een oogstrelend duister sfeertje maken van deze game een must.
4Players.de (Jun 21, 2013)
The Swapper hat mich sehr beeindruckt. Das einzigartige Artdesign, die tollen Lichtstimmungen und die eindringliche Hintergrundmusik sorgen für eine ungemein dichte Atmosphäre. Theseus ist ein einsamer, aber extrem spannender Schauplatz, der durch seine Abwechlung und seine Dimensionen eine ungeahnte Faszination ausübt. Die einfache, aber sehr durchdachte Spielmechanik rückt die anspruchsvollen Rätsel in den Vordergrund, deren Lösung durch Trial-and-Error nur selten möglich ist. Nur genaues Studium der Umgebung, Planung und Kenntnis der spielmechanischen Zusammenhänge können die Passagen lösen. Noch besser ist aber die Erzählung der Geschichte, die durch Daten-Bruchstücke, telepathischen Kontakt mit den Wächtern und wenige Zwischensequenzen vorangetrieben wird. Dem Puzzler gelingt es, meine Fantasie durch kleine Informationsbrocken sowie angedeutete Zusammenhänge anzuregen und stellt mir gleichzeitig philosophische Fragen, die mich noch weit über das Ende hinaus beschäftigen.
PC Gamer (Jul 22, 2013)
The Swapper is one of those games that will stick in your mind. Years down the road, when you have grandkids demanding tales of retrotastic delights, The Swapper will be among those you reminisce about when you’re telling them of nonviolence done right. (...) Low-key, effective storytelling and a hyperfocus on puzzles. The Swapper exemplifies the adage that less is more.
GameStar (Germany) (Jun 08, 2013)
Ich kenne Menschen, denen war die Handlung von The Swapper am Ende wichtiger als die Rätsel. Mir ging's erstaunlicherweise genau anders herum, obwohl ich die letzte Person bin, die eine schlaue und zum Denken anregende Story verabscheut. Aber mich haben die Knobeleien viel mehr fasziniert. Ich empfinde eine tiefe Hochachtung vor Facepalm. Die grundlegende Idee der vier Klone und das an deren Möglichkeiten angepasste Leveldesign sind schlicht und ergreifend brillant. Statt über den nächsten hirnzersetzenden Rätselraum zu stöhnen, habe ich mich darauf und darüber gefreut. Schade ist nur, dass es im Gegensatz zum ersten Portal bei The Swapper nicht mehrere Lösungen für ein Rätsel gibt. Sonst würde ich gleich nochmal von vorne anfangen. Träume ich eben von einem zweiten Swapper in 3D.
Jeuxvideo.com (Aug 08, 2014)
The Swapper est une excellente expérience pour peu que l'on ne soit pas totalement hermétique aux puzzle-games. L'ambiance est délicieuse, la direction artistique est aussi ingénieuse qu'atypique, et l'on est tout de suite happé dans l'univers du titre. Bien que le jeu dispose de beaucoup d'atouts et d'excellentes énigmes bénéficiant des multiples variables introduites par le game design, on pourra tout de même déplorer un manque évident de rejouabilité. Mais au fond, si la première expérience est excellente, ce n'est pas grave, n'est-ce pas ?
PC Games (Germany) (Jun 27, 2013)
The Swapper ist nichts für Denksport- Einsteiger, der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist hoch. Wer sich aber gerne minutenlang an einem Rätsel festbeißt, freut sich über anspruchsvolle Knobelaufgaben in schmucker Aufmachung. Die bedrohlichen Kulissen, eingehüllt in unstetes Licht, erinnern an die gruseligen Raumschiffkorridore aus Dead Space. Doch statt Psycho- Horror erwarten euch hier nachdenkliche Science-Fiction. Schade nur, dass die optionalen Textnachrichten und telepathischen Botschaften der mysteriösen „Watcher“ so wenig zur interessanten Handlung beitragen.
GamesRadar (Jun 07, 2013)
The Swapper is a clever, engaging, and focused puzzle game, one that will test your wits and leave you questioning your actions. 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.
GameZebo (Jun 10, 2013)
The Swapper is yet another great indie puzzle-platformer to add to your ever-expanding collection then, and is the sort of game worth investing your time and energy in.
GameSpot (May 30, 2013)
The Swapper doesn't outstay its welcome, ending before its gameplay starts to grow tiresome. At the same time, this ending is bittersweet, as it's easy to wish for more clever puzzles using these mechanics. If you can manage to cruise through without getting stuck too long on many of the puzzles, The Swapper can easily be completed in a four-hour sitting. You can play through again and get a different ending, but the puzzles are predictably less appealing a second time through. A collection of well-hidden text message terminals can encourage deep exploration, but for the most part, the game isn't suited for multiple playthroughs. While it lasts, though, The Swapper is a smart, good-looking game with engaging puzzle mechanics and great atmosphere. It's a well-crafted journey from top to bottom, and the only regret at the end is that there's not more of it.
Edge (May 31, 2013)
All in all, the setting is perfect for a puzzle game built around existential despair. A puzzle-platformer structured like a Metroid title, The Swapper’s titular piece of B-movie tech allows you to make clones of yourself, which then move in tandem with their creator. By itself this sets up some neat synchronised switch-pressing puzzles, but the device’s secondary function swaps bodies with any of your replicas by firing at them. You can only swap into or place new clones based on current line of sight, and this means The Swapper’s puzzles are about deciphering the order in which you need to place copies, move around, and hop between them, all while ensuring no one steps out of place.
Mana Pool (Jul 25, 2014)
For the most part The Swapper is 80% enjoyable but that last 20% really brings it down. Maybe if you’re the type of person who sits in the basement watching 7-hour long tutorial videos online of how to solve 17 sided Rubik’s cubes, then perhaps you would have more fun playing it than I had. Unfortunately I’m not, and that makes me a little sad that I couldn’t enjoy The Swapper as much as I would have liked.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun (May 31, 2013)
I don’t necessarily dislike that, though. The Swapper is an exceedingly focused game, and while I wanted to reach out and touch its lushly handcrafted vision of a nearly dead space, the puzzles really were the stars of the show. It is, then, an exceedingly deft mix of style and substance, one that stays just as long as it needs to before bidding you adieu and letting your smoking synapses drift off into a well-deserved cryoslumber. It’s not a long game, but it’s one that will consume you for its entire duration – mind, body, and soul. Then it’ll make you wonder if any of those things are really “you” at all.