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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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

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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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Rezorathor
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Pretty great puzzle game worth most likely >5 hours of entertainment. The puzzles are creative and do ramp up in difficulty well (1 got the better of me and I looked up how). The game also has a pretty great sci fi philosophical background story/lore. I'd personally say $20 bucks or lower is fair for this title and for an indie game it's solidly a 9/10 with the only downside for me being that occasionally positioning is the most delicate part of some puzzles and even if you theoretically find the solution, executing it properly can be tricky.
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PurpleDolphin.exe
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This game isnt extremely long but hot damn is it worth it. The narrative is interesting (albeit slightly confusing) and the ending left me in shock for a minute. The puzzles are challenging, and the swapper device itself is an interesting concept (you can create clones and swap between them and they follow your exact actions) which made the puzzles even more difficult. The narrative is intriguing and might make you think a little. I got it on sale and while i dont know if you want to sink a full $15 for the game, its definetely a great experience
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Sonny
( 20.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
A short one but enntertaining. The atmosphere created by music and the sceneries is really hipnotic. I recommend it.
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0gre
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I love award-winning, narrative driven puzzle games so this was definitely a great purchase. I'm really enjoying it so far.
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Ishvii
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Enjoyable puzzler based on being able to create clones of yourself. Quite challenging.
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A+
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
General
Hmm, how would I put it... It is an excellent game except for some things that really bothered me personally. Nonetheless, great game with thriller and slightly horrific taste.

Pro's
+ Atmosphere is amazing
+ Puzzles
+ Story & Narrative (although I didn't fully understand the story but it cleared up at the end)
+ Music is intriguing

Neutral
Points that sometimes I consider it a Pro and other times I consider it as a Con:
* Guidance, basically you would explore areas that might ruin part of the story because there weren't enough directions to begin with. However, on the other hand it gives you the advantage of exploration.
* Log UI, yes it might be authentic to mimic the spaceship's old computers console. However, it seems kind of washed and not conveying the serious nature of some logs late game (at least a bit of orange or red here and there would do the trick)

Con's
- Lack of tutorials in the puzzles early game (you don't know what the red, blue, or purple lights do until you experience it yourself)
- No Save indicator (yes I might be picky but in order to make sure that 1 hour of progress is not lost at least show me a sign that my progress is saved!)

Rate
8.5 / 10

Worth Full Price?
No, better get it at sale (isthereanydeal site, reddit/gamedeals, ...etc)
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steriana
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Extremely well-executed puzzle game. The environment is very unique, the character modeling is engaging, the game mechanic is elegant, and the puzzles themselves are challenging, sometimes requires thought across multiple gaming sessions, until the a-ha moment arrives. Best of all, the puzzles do not require precise timing or pixel-hunting.

The slowly-evolving storyline is...meh...not my cup of tea. It attempts to raise a singular philosophical point but in my opinion, it is a disjointed, uncompelling story justification for a puzzle game.
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Giulia Luz
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Um jogo interessante, envolvente e que prende a atenção e curiosidade do jogador. Além de prender sua atenção, ele testa sua inteligência e sua percepção em resolver mini testes, que vão ficando cada vez mais difíceis.

Super recomendo!
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newagebegins
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
I liked The Swapper's mechanics and interesting puzzles built around it. Fun game!
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Huske
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Just buy it! You will not regret...
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This is one polished puzzle game. It looks pretty. It has an interesting science fiction story. The music is great. The puzzle pacing is spot on. The one negative - it is too short! I want more! While it is short, it is complete. The game didn't linger longer than it should. The puzzles didn't feel recycled.

In this game, you are "The Swapper." You are on an abandoned (?) space station and need to get out. You find a swapper gun that allows you to make clones of yourself and swap between them. You can have up to four clones on the screen in order to solve puzzles. The completion of a puzzle rewards you with some power orbs that then allow you to access other consoles in order to advance further in the game.

In the beginning it is you and your gun. Then there are colored lights. Blue lights don't allow you to make a clone in them. You can make a clone through them though. Red lights don't allow you to swap to clones either in or through the light. The later puzzles introduce a gravity well that inverts gravity. Some of the later puzzles are tricky because the game limits your clones to less than four and you need to find the proper order to place and swap.

This is a great little puzzle game that anyone interested in puzzles should check out.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
The Swapper is a slow and thoughtful game unnervingly fixated on its gratuitous death toll. It's a puzzle game that asks you to consider your actions, both literally and mentally — what they did and what they cost. It is the space marine shooter inverted. Its antagonists are immobile, talkative rocks; its environment is static and action-free; its sole weapon only kills you.

And The Swapper is a fantastic puzzle game because its best riddles are the ones that can't be solved.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
The Swapper is quite beautiful in many regards - the ambiance is perfect, the story is mysterious, and the soundtrack is engrossing.

At heart this is a puzzle game. The puzzles start off fairly simple but become more challenging as you progress. I did have to look up a few of the solutions because they can become quite the brain twisters. I would imagine these puzzles were not easy to design so props to the designers of the puzzles.

I can't really think of anything to criticize about The Swapper - it is executed quite well.

As a side note, I found this game because I was looking under the "Metroidvania" tag, but The Swapper is definitely not a Metroidvania style game. So if you are buying this because of that tag just realize it's misleading. I would recommend buying the game anyways because it's simply fantastic.

The Swapper should take approximately 3-5 hours to finish depending on your proficiency at puzzle solving.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
General
Hmm, how would I put it... It is an excellent game except for some things that really bothered me personally. Nonetheless, great game with thriller and slightly horrific taste.

Pro's
+ Atmosphere is amazing
+ Puzzles
+ Story & Narrative (although I didn't fully understand the story but it cleared up at the end)
+ Music is intriguing

Neutral
Points that sometimes I consider it a Pro and other times I consider it as a Con:
* Guidance, basically you would explore areas that might ruin part of the story because there weren't enough directions to begin with. However, on the other hand it gives you the advantage of exploration.
* Log UI, yes it might be authentic to mimic the spaceship's old computers console. However, it seems kind of washed and not conveying the serious nature of some logs late game (at least a bit of orange or red here and there would do the trick)

Con's
- Lack of tutorials in the puzzles early game (you don't know what the red, blue, or purple lights do until you experience it yourself)
- No Save indicator (yes I might be picky but in order to make sure that 1 hour of progress is not lost at least show me a sign that my progress is saved!)

Rate
8.5 / 10

Worth Full Price?
No, better get it at sale (isthereanydeal site, reddit/gamedeals, ...etc)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Just completed the game and felt compelled to write a review about this gem of a game.Swapper,at it's core is a wonderful puzzle game with an interesting cloning/soul switching mechanic which can be used to solve puzzles and navigate the overworld in general.The core concepts of the game are quite simple and the puzzles make wonderful use of it.Never does a puzzle feel unfair or esoteric(except a few odd ones which are few and far in between) , infact almost all of the puzzles are well thought through and give you a feeling of immense satisfaction upon solving them , and that in my opinion is what makes the game so great . Also no review about "The Swapper" would be complete without mentioning the awesome Visuals and Sound Desing.The OST is spot on and visuals give you a sense of immersion which help in elevating the game to the realm of all time greats of the genre .
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This is an excellent puzzle/platformer with a gorgeous, eerie artstyle and story. The mechanics are simple and presented in a lovely, organic way that gives the player a real sense of accomplishment as s/he learns to use each new skill to solve the latest tricky problem. I got a simliar kind of brilliant discovery from working through this game as I did playing Portal through for the first time. You are given the pieces, but the game play is subtle enough that you don't feel like you are being spoon-fed the solutions. It takes some brainwork to sort things out, so the challenge is real, especially in the later levels, and the eureka moments sometimes had me feeling like a puzzle solving badass.

Beautfully designed and structured. Highly recommended for puzzle-platformer junkies. Well worth the small price, especially if you grab it on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
One of the deepest story I've witnessed in a video game about soul and meaning of life, great puzzles, amazing soundtrack. 10/10. Definitely going to play again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I enjoyed playing The Swapper. The graphics and audio are engaging to create an immersive expericnce. The puzzleds are why I was interested in this game. I was not disappionted. They were only slightly challenging which allowed me to solve them all without much frustration or any outside help.

At the end of the game choose well. You only get one choice and you must replay the whole game to decide differently (or find it on YouTube).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Some of the puzzles are a little weak but still a very enjoyable experience.
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