It took all of four minutes for me to lose my humanity.
The Swapper poses an interesting question, to the tune of several flash games from nearly a decade ago:
What if I give you this device that allows you to duplicate yourself, and shift control between the bodies?
It starts off simple enough, and the title is a dead giveaway. As a game that crystallised into my inventory at random - no doubt due to a bundle - I went in blind, not having the faintest clue as to what it was. The name sounded intriguing, and that's about all the research that was done before hitting the install button.
What followed was an interesting and eerie landscape where you find yourself launched from a spaceship into a barren world, with no means to defend yourself. In this sense, it is very similar to Limbo, but as you progress it becomes more of a Metroid environment than anything else, sans hostile lifeforms.
Not that it will make you feel safe, however.
As you go through the barren planet and the spaceship, meeting with a fellow colonist who must surely have gone mad, and you encounter the only other sentience willing to talk to you, you're in for a trip. You'll find yourself creating clones high above ground level, transferring your conscience to them, and repeating this until you have reached the ungodly height an exit is stationed at, hearing the dull cracks of your lifeless brethren smack into the steel floors below.
Hell, even the first puzzle starts with you essentially killing yourself to escape.
Make no mistake, this is a very fun game, and I might read into it far more than is needed, but there's something in the delivery, the atmosphere reminiscent of Dark Souls, ICO, Metroid and the upcoming Ghost Song, that make for a feeling of utter sadness every time you complete a puzzle and can carry on in the story. It feels like a loss of humanity as you shed coil after mortal coil in the pursuit of answers.
Answers as to what happened to the spaceship and its colonists. Answers as to what it was that murdered everyone. Answers as to where this technology came from.
And knowing it all along.