Holder of numerous awards and accolades, the Swapper is an atmospheric puzzle platformer set in the furthest reaches of space. Players wield an experimental device able to clone the user and swap control between them.
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Releasedatum: 30 mei 2013

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"A beautiful puzzle game which involves using clones of yourself to traverse obstacles. But what mystery lies beyond? A gloomy, ambient experience."
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“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.”
10/10 – Destructoid

“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.”
9.3 – IGN

“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.”
9.25 – Game Informer

“The game’s level design is excellent at accentuating a core, the piece you’re nearly certain must be pivotal. It’s the particulars of arranging everything around that piece that force you into this state of constant iteration and experimentation. Think, rethink. Get stumped. Take a break. Go outside. Have some ice crea- wait, no. Pet a dog. Or maybe go for a stroll in the park, because that would- Oh god, now Swapper’s thought process has invaded your mind. You can’t escape.”
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Holder of numerous awards and accolades, the Swapper is an atmospheric puzzle platformer set in the furthest reaches of space. Players wield an experimental device able to clone the user and swap control between them. Dropped into a character and world as mysterious as the workings of the device itself, The Swapper is a game of exploration of a very personal nature.

All of the art in The Swapper is constructed using clay models and other everyday materials.

The Swapper is supported by Indie Fund.

Key Features:

  • Challenge: Fiendish puzzles whose solutions are only ever a few steps away
  • Isolation: Classic sci-fi atmosphere
  • Wonder: A world built out of clay
  • Mystery: Narrative design from Tom Jubert, writer behind indie hits Penumbra and FTL


    • OS:Windows XP SP3 or later, 64/32bit
    • Processor:Dual Core CPU (2.2+ GHz Dual Core CPU or better)
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce® 8800 or Radeon® HD4800 series, 512 MB of memory, OpenGL 3.0 support required
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Additional:Intel HD Graphics are not officially supported. But if you've got yourself a 3000 or better then there is a reasonable chance it will mostly/sorta work. No promises, but we've been working hard on it, at any rate.
    • OS:Snow Leopard 10.68 or later, 64/32bit
    • Processor:Dual Core CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Intel HD 3000 or better, 4000 or a dedicated GPU recommended, OpenGL 3.0 support required
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • OS:Ubuntu 10.04 or 13.10, 64/32bit
    • Processor:Dual Core CPU (2.2+ GHz Dual Core CPU or better)
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce® 8800 or Radeon® HD4800 series, 512 MB of memory, OpenGL 3.0 support required
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Additional:Intel HD Graphics are not officially supported. But if you've got yourself a 3000 or better then there is a reasonable chance it will mostly/sorta work. No promises, but we've been working hard on it, at any rate.
Nuttige klantrecensies
1 van de 2 mensen (50%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
6.9 uur in totaal
Very good game yes.
Geplaatst: 28 juni
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108 van de 112 mensen (96%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
14.5 uur in totaal
The Swapper is a platformer puzzle game with excellent atmosphere using unique visuals, clever puzzles and having only a few minor problems.

The graphics have a distinctive look due to the developer's choice of claymation style and the careful use of lighting. The game feels at times lonely, but not hostile; the player doesn't have to combat roaming creatures like in a Metroidvania game. Mostly the game consists of exploring the Thesus V space station which is layed out in a clear and thoughful manner.

Puzzles are the meat of the game which are solved by cloning yourself and swapping places with the clones. All clones move in unison with you which forces careful placement and planning to solve each puzzle room. The last batch of puzzles in the game are deviously clever and had me stumped for hours. But if I can finish the game without help so can you.

There were a few things in the game I didn't care for such as the sentient beings comment boxes overlaying the entire screen and obscuring the view; only momentary, but annoying. Also, despite finding several hidden console rooms I unlocked no achievements, and this seems to be a problem for a few other players.

I can safely recommend The Swapper to anyone that likes to solve puzzles or wants to explore a non-combative environment at a relaxing pace.
Geplaatst: 21 april
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16 van de 17 mensen (94%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
16.0 uur in totaal
The Swapper is a wonderfully compelling title in which you have special abilities that allow you to solve puzzles.

Like Portal, the central premise asks the question "How do I exist in two different places at the same time?" or "How do I reach the unreachable place?" Where these games differ is that The Swapper takes the answer to this question quite literally. You're given a gun that fires copies of your controlled character. You can have up to four of these copies, and the clones move in tandem with you. If you move one step forward, they move one step forward, and so forth. You can also project your primary control into any one of them, provided you have a clear unobstructed shot at it. Most of the puzzles revolve around this mechanic, as there's usually a task one clone has to perform to get it into a place where you can control it. Only your primary character can collect the orbs that complete the puzzle. What makes these puzzles tricky is that there are different areas that obstruct your various powers, making you think critically to evaluate what your clones will do. For example, red lights will not allow you to project yourself into a clone, so you must either disable the red light with a switch or work around it. Red light areas still allow you to project new clones, however. Blue lights don't allow new clones, but you can project into existing clones. Purple lights don't allow your powers to work at all. Some puzzles use boxes, but most employ the switches that your clones must activate to manipulate the light areas. Later in the game, you encounter gravity pods that create similar scenarios, only with upside down and rightside up clones doing the work. A primary character can only create a clone that is standing as they are, so there's another layer of gameplay.

As you move through the game, there is a dark, foreboding atmosphere. You're thrust into a sci-fi world of moral and philosophical conflict, and the story is told through a reluctant female voice as well as ship logs. The game's visuals are beautifully realized with darkness and light interplaying in interesting ways. Sound design is also uniformly excellent and realy creates this feeling of isolation and dread, yet you still feel this alien presence. I will not spoil the story for you, but I will say that there are some surprising revelations that are not immediately apparent from the outset. The environments are vast so there's plenty to explore. I was reminded of Super Metroid at many times, except there is no combat in The Swapper.

I think the game's controls and gameplay work wonderfully together to challenge the player without frustration. So many indie titles only have their gimmick to fall back on, but The Swapper combines gameplay, visuals, and narrative seamlessly. Even if you fail to understand how to solve a puzzle, there are plenty of puzzles you can solve while you're thinking about the correct solution. I normally get pretty impatient with puzzle games, but every puzzle in The Swapper is fair, logical, and rewarding.

In summary, this is a fantastic game that you should purchase if you have not purchased it already. It has enough content to warrant whatever price you pay for it, and should satisfy even the most jaded indie fans.
Geplaatst: 11 juli
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13 van de 14 mensen (93%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
7.0 uur in totaal
Unique puzzle gameplay and extraordinarily refined presentation serve as the vehicle for one of the most chilling and cerebral science fiction stories that I have experienced in any medium.
Geplaatst: 25 april
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12 van de 13 mensen (92%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
7.6 uur in totaal
I REALLY hate most puzzle-platformer indie titles and somehow The Swapper really hits me hard. How? When? There are two things that make this title so awesome that I put aside my unredeemable hatred for this type of games.

First one is a atmosphere. The Swapper really nails down few interesting themes that are associated with a sci-fi fiction - a creepy loneliness of space. You are on the research space station. Ambient noises comes from empty sections of the deck. Where everybody went? What happened here? The use of light, music and amazing claymotion-esque graphics is nearly perfect and you sit on the edge of your chair, even when this game isn’t a horror one. The plot, told mostly in the Bioshock manner, is really a thought-provoking, especially and the end. Presentation, story - crafted and tied together with mechanics, work well for the overall feel of the game.

Second - The puzzles. This is probably the first puzzle-platformer when I wasn't forced to use a guide and game managed to keep with the high difficulty of the challenge. In one way it shows how many developers screwed up this aspect of their games. In the other: it's a really impressive feat from the creators of The Swapper. The cloning device does not look interesting on the first glance, but the Portal-like philosophy of puzzle design in simple-yet-convoluted “test” chambers works here. Game doesn't throw at you new mechanics often, but it shows how much you can squeeze out of something you already have. I think there is only one puzzle room that is not that great but it is only a single unsalted pretzel in the full basket of goodies.

The device you use in the game is nicely wielded to the plot, but unfortunately the chambers and orbs that are the remaining main "actors" of all the puzzles in the game, aren't. There is no story explanation of those things and I count this a lost opportunity to amplify the immersion even more. Also, one may be really frustrated when the game shows the information that all in-game chambers must be solved in order to see the ending sequence. In the first locations there is an wrong assumption that you don't need to grab all orbs on your way. This can upset some people when it shows up, so keep that in mind.

I extremely recommend this game, especially for those who liked Bioshock, Portal or sci-fi games in general. If you liked other indie-puzzle game then this game will show you how to craft not only a good game, but also a amazing interactive experience.

Well... It looks like the puzzle-plaftormer genre IS salvageable after all...
Geplaatst: 7 april
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1 van de 1 mensen (100%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
5.7 uur in totaal
One of the best Indie Puzzle Games I've ever played. You're thrown into a space scenario where you have a gun called "The Swapper" which transfers your soul into a copy of your body, at least that’s what the mysterious npc claims it to be. The game contains a subtle and vague storyline, which is just what makes it intriguing. You start receiving crackling radio transmission and messages from asteroids which do not speak, yet have a mind. The puzzle parts of the story line are falling together while proceeding in the game and it's that subconscious puzzling that will drop your jaws when you finish the game. The quiet, moody, strange and yet relaxing music creates an outer earth atmosphere which gives this game its final touch. All I can say is to try this brilliant game out for yourself.

- Nathan, a truly amazed and satisfied customer of this game.
Geplaatst: 26 februari
Was deze recensie nuttig? Ja Nee