What if someone knew your mind better than you did? The Swapper is an award-winning, narrative driven puzzle game set in the furthest reaches of space.
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Release Date: May 30, 2013

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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

“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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What if someone knew your mind better than you did?

The Swapper is an award-winning, narrative driven puzzle game set in the furthest reaches of space.

The Swapper takes place in an isolated and atmospheric sci-fi world. Players wield an experimental device which allows them to create clones of themselves, swapping their entire consciousness into new bodies to overcome the challenges of the environment.

Key Features:

  • Think: Fiendishly designed puzzles with equally clever solutions that are never more than a few steps away.
  • Wonder: The art in The Swapper is constructed using clay models and everyday materials, which combine to create truly unique visuals in a detailed and atmospheric environment.
  • Discover: A powerful and thoughtful story, told through the game's environment with narrative design from Tom Jubert, the writer behind hits including Driver: San Francisco and Faster Than Light.

System Requirements

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    • 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.
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6.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
An amazing puzzle/exploration game that is positively brimming with atmosphere, unique visuals, and a fantastic sense of mystery.

Unfortunately, halfway through (when I thought I was doing great) it pulled an XCOM: EU, and started shooting puzzles at me that were exponentially harder than those that preceded them. I felt no shame in consulting a video walkthrough for some of these sections.

For fans of brain-wracking puzzlers as well as those of sci-fi adventure: you will appreciate this game.
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Briareos (Type Σ)
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 22
Very Nice game... it's a nicely thought out idea that works well. GFX are great with an eerie glow that helps to properly set the tone. A little bit dead space but more platformer then horror, personally found it tranquil and soothing to play this game. Overall very pleased been on for about 2 hours I think and not sure how much is left but I don't think I'm even halfway through yet.
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James Baxter
8.7 hrs
Posted: September 22
A very well made platformer, with a tightly conceived mechanic resting at its core. The story is short, but engaging, and moves with good pace and suspence. The puzzles throughout this game are quite well thought out and some require a fair amount of time of assesment and planning to solve. I would highly reccomend playing this if you have an afternoon to kill, as the game is short, but very worth the time.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 22
Very fun and clever puzzle game with a great atmosphere.
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binary fudge
11.1 hrs
Posted: September 19
excellent. it has a bit of the retro 80ies style space fiction feel.
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4.9 hrs
Posted: September 16
Short, but entertaining. Just like this review.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: September 13
Very good puzzle game with philosophical story that ties nicely with gameplay mechanics. Puzzels are well designed and range from easy to really difficult. The Swapper is easily worth your time and money.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: September 13
For a shorter game, this title hits all my key points: well-done narrative, interesting mechanics, puzzles that are just challenging enough, and remains fun through all 6-8 hours of gameplay. Highly recommended!
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5.4 hrs
Posted: September 11
The standard curse of puzzle games do apply and this game is too short, but it does offer a little replayability in terms of achievements and hidden areas.

But the puzzles are very well designed, the solutions feels clever and very 'aha!' when you figure it out and a few of them were very hard to figure out. Controls are smooth and easy to pick up. The swapping mechanic and the general story is top notch.

Highly recommended for puzzle fans.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
This is one amazing Indie Game, the athmosphere of the levels (and the whole game) are amazing, the sounds and music are amazing too, the puzzles are in my opinion mixed some are hard and some are easy to complete, i also do like the ability to clone ur charachter multiple times (total of 4 times) that way the game gets even more challenging and fun as you have to use ur clones to complete certain parts of a level! Overall i would really recommend this game if ur an indie game lover, love a space athmosphere and just really love puzzle games, this game would be great for you then :)! The price is definitely worth it u get the content you would expect from a game which is 14 euros!

Would definitely recommend this game!

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
This is a REALLY good puzle games! The puzzles are great - just simple mechanics but very challenging, so it's a lot less frustrating than other difficult puzzle games. The atmosphere and art are top notch. And the story is... not extraordinary or anything, but still miles better than the usual excuse plot a lot of games of this type have.

Overall, I would absolutely recommend this!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
It's difficult, it's atmospheric and it philosophical.

And it's really good.

To be a little more in-depth. This game is a pure puzzler. It contains puzzles that require solution using yourself. Multiple times. It's atmosphere is dark and eerie and the story behind is very well written and makes you question certain aspects.

Get it if you like puzzling or a pretty good story and something to think about.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
  • If you enjoy puzzles you'll probably enjoy this game. The story touches some interesting philosophical points, but the delivery isn't good enough to make it stand out.
  • I can't recommend this game at its current price (13.99 EUR). There isn't enough content to justify it. Wait for a sale.

  • The puzzles were fun. There was a good mix of easier and more challenging ones.
  • The atmosphere was great. The visuals and the soundtrack complemented each other very well to make me feel stranded in space.
  • The story visited some interesting philosophical points.

  • The puzzles were detached from the story. I went from one to the next to unlock the areas, but that was about it. They didn't contribute to the story in any way. Walking around the ship got a bit tedious after a while.
  • There was very little replayability and I had to complete the game twice to see both endings. My second run felt more like a chore and I would have prefered to be able to finish it once, reload before the ending and see the second ending.
  • The storytelling should have been better. Finishing the game didn't feel very satisfying and the dialogue was often hard to follow (I had trouble telling which of the 3 minds inside the scavanger's body spoke).
  • The current price (13.99 EUR) is too high. The game doesn't offer enough content to justify it.
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186 of 210 people (89%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013

Taking control of a lone astronaut, you explore Theseus, a derelict space station. The Swapper immediately brings to mind Super Metroid with it's open map design and emphasis on isolation. The human inhabitants of Theseus have mostly perished and it's up to you to put the pieces together. The space station is filed with sentient rocks that leave you with cryptic messages as you pass by them and, together with crew logs, provide much of the narrative; tantalizing you with little details that must be put together like a puzzle. It's a tale the wanders off in the direction of the metaphysical and philosophical, meditating on what constitutes a sense of self, what exactly the soul means to the individual and and how individuals fit into the rest of society. The esoteric narrative and heavy sense of isolation and dread will have you mulling over the events of The Swapper long after it concludes.

The puzzle gimmick employed by The Swapper comes in the form of a gun that allows your character to clone themself. Up to four clones can be made and these clones mimic your every move. In addition the gun can beam your consciousness into these clones and allow you to take direct control of them. Additional puzzle elements like blue lights that prohibit the creation of clones where their light is cast, red lights that prevent you from taking control of clones and gravity switches that will have you walking on the ceiling all further complicate the proceedings. Your clones must be used to trip switches and reach far away ledges, they are empty vessels that are to used and disposed of and the sight of their lifeless husks collapsing after long falls becomes a frequent occurrence throughout the course of The Swapper. The goal is to our the character that you directly control in contact with orbs that allow you to open doors and progress. These simple gameplay mechanics tie in closely to The Swapper's narrative themes meaning the narrative events never drift too far off into the back of your mind. Few games are able to do this so well.

Puzzle start off very easy as you learn to navigate your environment and are introduced to clever new ways to solve problems within the game world. Much like Portal, The Swapper religiously sticks to it's core mechanics. You don't get any new abilities or skills as the game progresses, instead new obstacles bring new challenges that occasionally elicit head scratching and pensive stares. The first three quarters of the game's three to five hours are really a breeze but the final few puzzles can really put your puzzle solving skills to the test. While the challenge is certainly welcome, this spike in challenge has a habit of disrupting the pacing. Your brisk jaunts between memory stations for more information slow to a crawl near the final area potentially becoming agonizing as the game's mind benders thwart your best attempts to crack them.

The Swapper wouldn't be nearly as engaging if it weren't for it's distinct visual style. Everything in the game was originally molded out of clay by the team at Facepalm studios and in addition to complimenting the narrative themes it looks wonderfully alien and unique among it's contemporaries. Fantastic lighting effects also dress up the stylized art and drive the lonely desperate mood home. Seeing the dark, desolate corridors of Theseus illuminated by a beam from your flashlight as the ambient soundtrack hums in the background can be profoundly melancholy. The measured tempo of the soundtrack never leaves you with a sense of urgency and instead slowly and beautifully builds a hopeless and lonely tone befitting a game that is largely devoid of other characters.
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157 of 173 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2014
This is a puzzle game unlike any other. The clay animations are really well done and the whole concept of creating clones to solve puzzles, is a really neat idea. Add in the ability to swap between these clones and things become very interesting.

You'll get about 5-7 hours out of this game depending on how good you are with the puzzles. They are varied and challenging in the later stages as you become more comfortable with the gameplay.

The atmosphere is really moody, with a full spectrum of white light to pitch darkness. They really do a good job to make you feel like you're in space and completely isolated.

The Swapper is a genre defining leap for puzzle platformers. The developers have shown originality and passion, which are the first two things I look for in any game.
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152 of 171 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2015
The Swapper is a puzzle platform game that was originally released on PC in 2013, and has since been ported to PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U and the Xbox One. You play the role of a female explorer who finds themselves on an abandoned research station, early into the game you discover the ability to create clones of yourself. This ability is what the game focuses on from then onward.

The gameplay in Swapper is absolutely stellar, we see all too many puzzle platformers release on Steam on an almost daily basis that don't really do anything new and innovating, The Swapper blows this theroy out of the water though. The goal in this game is to find orbs scattered around the space station in order to open doors and activate teleporters to progress further. There is some aspect of metroidvania style games in that you do have to backtrack quite a bit too.

The cloning ability is what really makes this game standout, you can spawn four clones at any one time, and you also gain the ability to swap control over each of them too. The clones follow every action that the character makes, so running, jumping, interacting with objects (even if there is nothing there to interact with). This ability allows you to complete plentiful puzzles, opening doors, flipping switches and collecting orbs. The main element which will end up killing the player, as well as the clones, would be gravity. You will soon find that you can barely fall from any sort of distance as it will kill you. You can save yourself by creating a clone just before you hit the floor and teleporting to it though which is a trick you really need to get a hang of very early on. You can also do this to scale walls and tunnels too.

To add a little bit more challenge into the mix, the game also introduces different light sources which prevent you from doing specific actions such as preventing clones from being spawned in the lighted area, blocking the swap ability, or just plainly stopping you doing anything all together.

The game presents you with a bare structure of a story line, and you are pretty much left to work it out on your own. There are plenty of snippets of story and plot to be found in the game through terminal computers if you want to delve deeper into it.

The Swapper is a gorgeous looking game, playing anything on a 4k resolution should look good, but this game just looks almost photo realistic. The lighting is perfectly done, adding so much atmosphere into each room you enter. The animation of the main character is also done very well too.

As with all puzzle games, I wasn't able to figure out most of the puzzles and had to revert to a walkthrough; after reading the walkthrough there are still points in the game which are skill based, so no matter whether you know how to complete something, you still need to execute a certain level of skill to complete it.

I was able to complete The Swapper in just under seven hours, if you were to do it without a guide, you are looking at about a ten hour playthrough. The game does have ten achievements, which are not related to the main story line at all. They are merely hidden computer terminals that you can try to find throughout the game. This may add a little bit of replay value, however if you aren't into achievement hunting, there isn't any reason to play this game through again for a second time.

The Swapper had no technical issues at all. The game ran perfectly well on all higher resolutions, at a constant 60FPS. The options menu is rather limited, but this game is in effect a 2D side scroller so you can't really expect too much from the technical side of things.

In conclusion, I have to say The Swapper is one of the best puzzle games on Steam to date; and should be played by everyone to experience this masterpiece. This is a showcase of how indie games should be produced and how quickly they can rise to being an extremely popular hit.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Only recommended when on sale
3) Recommended
4) Highly recommended
5) This is a must play

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113 of 121 people (93%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2014
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.
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258 of 321 people (80%) found this review helpful
190 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
+Cleverly crafted puzzles
+This game rules.
+Fun central concept

-I am playing it high and killing all these clones of myself is freakin' me out
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84 of 91 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
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  • Game Name: The Swapper
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Genre Tags: Atmospheric; 2D; Puzzle-Platformer; Sci-Fi
  • My Overall Grade: A-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 3-5 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Aesthetes; Game atmosphere connoisseurs; Strong narrative advocates; Puzzle game aficionados

The Swapper is an enjoyable 2D puzzle-platformer that lacks gameplay innovation but rises above the crowd on the shoulders of its superbly well-designed atmosphere and provocative narrative. The actual puzzle-solving aspect of the game is adequate, but with minimal diversity and accretion. It is definitely a story-driven experience, with the gameplay taking a passenger seat. If you can appreciate a game in that style, this is a good bet for you.

The entrancing narrative and the style in which it transpires work in concert with the mystifying ambiance to create a wondrous experience. The story touches on some thought-provoking metaphysical issues, while skillfully avoiding a fall too deep into the rabbit hole to keep the average person’s interest. Much of the rest of the narrative is comfortable, cliché sci-fi tropes that we all know and love.

The gameplay and the puzzles are far from bad, but they also are nothing special. As I alluded to: they are sufficient, but fail to develop into anything overly interesting. Very little changes from the first puzzle to the last, so it does get a little bit dry. That said, some of the later ones are quite tricky and a few require not only puzzle-solving ability but also decent reflexes.

The graphics are pleasurable and align perfectly with the vibe of the game. But the whole soundscape is what truly brings the atmosphere of The Swapper to life. The ambient soundtrack, the cryptic chatter, and the selectively placed voice-overs contribute a wonderful blend of emotions and mystery. If you are into it, this is a game you might enjoy with the lights off and your headphones on (or however else you may get into the zone).

The Swapper is a brief, interesting, and enjoyable experience. It is not a complex or intricate puzzle-platformer, but I recommend it to any fan of the genre who would appreciate the atmosphere and narrative.

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