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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (2,937 reviews)
Release Date: May 30, 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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About This Game

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

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.
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 27
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Super smooth side-on animations like Limbo, excellent puzzles, and fresh mechanics (cloning and swapping). The art style is very unique (rendered from clay models) and deserving of the accolades, and the soundtrack enhances the barren ship environment. The majority of the gameplay is solving puzzles in rooms with your clone(s) but just navigating around the ship is a fun ride and there is a perfectly implemented map that helps you always know where you are. There is a deeper story that's fairly solid if you let go a little bit, but it doesn't require you to get too "indie philosophical" to enjoy it. The challenges are really rewarding because there isn't any hand-holding. In that way the solutions get harder and edge close to being obscure some times, but they never cross that line and they always prove to be "fair" once you see the answer.
There's just something about the game's style coupled with how effortless and responsive the controls are that make it stand out. If you are looking for something different, this is one of those (critically acclaimed) indie games to put at the top of your back-log list, and one to play before you dive into your next AAA first-person game.
Posted: October 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
"The Swapper" is a unique puzzle platformer with beautiful visuals, a noteworthy, strange atmosphere and a very philosophical story about clones, existence and personal identity.

To solve the puzzles in this game, you have a gun that can create clones of yourself and swap your mind into them, while controlling all at once. With the different lights to block one or both of these abilities and gravity switching fields some of the later puzzles can be quite tricky, but the whole game isn't too hard.

Even though the game feels very valuable, the playtime (at least mine) was definitely too short for that high price. But if you can get it at a reduced price or in a game bundle, I highly recommend playing this game.
Posted: October 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
why aren't you playing this right now?
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
@8hrs & 12h: This magnificently presented, executed and challenging puzzle platformer takes a hold of the player from the very first cut scene and holds on until the last puzzle is solved.
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Such a magnificent mysterios awesome game!
The deep story,the really good atmosphere,the absolute beautiful enviroment and the hard-interesting pazzles.
English in this game is pretty difficult so it was hard for me to understand everything.
I recommend this game for those who loves puzzles,space and philosophy(well,who loves to think about deep things)!
It took 5.4hours for me to complete,though it felt like 20hours!
I really wish that you buy and play with game.

Gachide osusume shimasu!

Face the matters:Who are you? What are you? what is soul? what is mind?
Posted: October 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
One of the most atmospheric and gorgeous games I have ever played. The puzzles are challenging enough and the story unfolds before your eyes. Very few games have been able to nail both of those in my book :)
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
One of the best platformers of the last few years. Beautiful, haunting, deals with concepts beyond the reach of most games and does them justice. A great story with compelling themes, despite it's almost minimalist presentation, and gameplay that is challenging without being unfair or frustrating, leaving you feeling like you've accomplished something each time you finish a particularly difficult challenge. About the only slight I could make against it is that it does not invite repeat playthroughs, at least straight away, still well worth the money and a gaming experience every lover of platformers should try.
Posted: October 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
I think this game is supposed to be really overrated and pretentious or something but I liked it anyway because I'm a mere plebian. The claymation art style is eye candy, puzzles are challenging (I think) story is imaginative (I think, I don't know, I've seen rants tearing it apart but I rarely like things anymore so I choose to stay ignorant), and both of the endings were good, specifically the one where you ____ down a ____ I found to be rather polarizing.
Posted: October 17
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
This is good for a casual gamer, is pretty similar to Limbo, because of being a platform, puzzle, adventure atmospheric in which you complete certain task to keep moving forward.
Is a interesting proposal, but as i said before is for casual gamers.
Note, game can become a bit frustrating at times.
I don't recommend this game, cause there is other similar games that will offer you more than this one.
Posted: September 30
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5.7 hrs on record
I've been playing this for 1-2 hours now and I like the puzzle, it's challenging
Posted: September 25
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1.1 hrs on record
Holy mother of god this game is beautiful.
The games pure beauty couples with it's amazing puzzles make it the perfect experience.
10/10
Posted: September 26
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0.2 hrs on record
Good Puzzles
Posted: September 26
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5.1 hrs on record
One of the best puzzle games I have played since Braid.

The only issue I had is that I found it difficult to tell the characters apart since they all look and sound the same.

10/10
Posted: September 26
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3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
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24.2 hrs on record
Brilliant game!
Posted: September 24
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1.9 hrs on record
A great puzzle game where you create clones and swap places with them. A great feature of the game is the graphics - the envirnment and characters were all created using real-life objects or clay-models, leading to a very pretty art style.
Posted: October 18
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1.0 hrs on record
Highly recommend this game. So far the platforming is good and thought provking, but I haven't encountered anything too hard yet. The art style, soundtrack, and atmosphere are phenomenal.
Posted: October 18
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5.5 hrs on record
This game is awesome!
Posted: October 2
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26.8 hrs on record
Visually stunning, a very good concept and fun, but I lost interest before the ending of the game. If you like the look of the game, buy it in a sale, but otherwise you can give it a miss.
Posted: October 18
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