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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,699 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

“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

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
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The Swapper
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TL;DR:
The swapper is a phenomenal puzzler with an astounding ambience, atmosphere, sense of mystery, good voice acting, and tantalizing writing that everyone should own.

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Pros
+Gameplay: Precise, simple, engaging, and effective.
+Graphics: Beautiful and eerie. Good use of color/lighting.
+Audio: Qualitative, effective, also eerie.
+Music: Fantastic. Can be present or good background music.
+Atmosphere: You will feel the isolation and mystery.
+Animation: Very smooth.
+Presentation: The menus and font are both beautiful and minimal.

Cons
-None

Neutral
+/-Placement of clones can occasionally be finicky.

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Introduction
The Swapper is a puzzler game where you play a swapper, a swapper is a person who swaps places with clones, a clone is a person who is a copy of another person. Beyond that, not much is known about who you are in the beginning, or what those giant stone rocks called Watchers are, or even much about what the planet or facility you are at is for besides transporting said Watchers offworld for scientific research.

Gameplay
The gameplay in the swapper is downright clever, but features a few very simple mechanics that allow for a lot of depth considering, especially if you keep in mind how many controls there aren't. Most of your stay in The Swapper will be spent left and right clicking to make clones and take their place, and to undo a clone you only hae to touch it, pass a checkpoint, or kill it with gravity. The puzzles will often be sequence puzzles that revolve around beams of light that remove your ability to clone or swap with said clones in that area, although timing, boxes, and movement can definitely be involved. What gameplay there is that doesn't revolve around puzzles, primarily revolves around exploration or loregathering in a metroid fashion instead.

Graphics
In The Swapper, every aspect of visual interest is masterfully handled, from the lighting, shading, detail, colors, atmosphere, and ambience. There's a major industrial vibe, with a lot of purples, blues, and yellows thrown in. Occasionally there will be a lush green area, and the scarcity makes it all the more beautiful.

I also have to give a shoutout to the menu systems, they're absolutely stunning and as minimal as can be, and I adore minimal styled anything. Really, though, in the end, The Swapper is a game where the graphics shine most when shined right into your eyes while playing, and you should definitely make sure this happens.

Audio
The audio in The Swapper is downright effective, and will be unsettling, mysterious, calming, and frantic at the exact moment a need arises. While the audio can be sparse at times, that's a good thing, because it remains all the more impactful due to the feeling of isolation, mystery, and silence it can help to provide.

Conclusion
In the end, The Swapper deserves 5 stars in every category, it runs well, plays great, and looks amazing. There is atmosphere and mystery in buckets, and it will never make your brain hurt too much, but will still give it a stretch. It's one of the more innovative puzzlers I've had the pleasure of playing, as well as one of the better indie games I've ever played. Due to the level of polish, I can easily recommend this to EVERYONE. Have fun!

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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
It is weird... Like, mindblowing... I sure enjoyed this... But... Still... 9/10 (The Swapper is not a game for everybody, it is highly for those of metaphysical interest)
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
The Swapper is a fun atmospheric exploration/puzzle game set in space. I have enjoyed my time playing it and have found the game to be quite entertaining. The "swapper tool" is especially cool because of the fact that you can clone yourself with it multiple times to get through the puzzle areas in the game. Overall this is a must buy for several hours of fun.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
The Swapper is a brilliant game that that needs to be experienced

The Swapper has the ability to give make players feel that moment of enlightenment: the moment when garbled noise sounds like words, when tones become music, when the problem seems to solve itself. Taking the less is more approach (think Portal) there are only a small handful of mechanics to learn, but this is a feature that shows off nothing but careful and precise design. You are armed with a single device that allows you to create a few clones and switch which one you are controlling as the others follow your motions. Some lights deny either ability: one won't allow you to make clones, another won't allow you to switch control with them. Nothing more is needed to create the genuinely clever levels in The Swapper. The puzzles on display here challenge the player into utter confusion, and then elevate them as soon as the solution is found.

Being fascinating from start to finish is no small feat, and The Swapper makes it look effortless.
An eerie sci-fi setting, ethereal art, riddled words, and panicked voices all carry the enigmatic narrative of The Swapper. Aboard the ship of Theseus, stones speak madness, crew logs show failure and disarray, and a strange figure recedes further from you into the corridors of the ship. The questioned posed might be familiar for some, but the lens held here allows all players to engage it in a new way. Playing with this idea as you chase answers in the halls of Theseus makes for an interesting backdrop.

The brief nature of the game might be enough to turn off some, but that is where pacing becomes important. No matter how good something is, it can outstay its welcome and The Swapper knows how to avoid this. The puzzles might slow you down a bit, but the hands of the game and story seem to guide you at just the proper rate to stay engrossed.

The Swapper is an amazing game full of mystery, depth, and great puzzles. It's simply a wonderful game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Very cool game. Love the mood! Interesting and fresh takes on puzzles!
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