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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namedkenn
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Seen this game recommended in many websites as the best steam summer sale deals, with a really good graphic, a creative way of solving puzzles and especially the really wallet-friendly price, this game is a must have.
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SirrahDanu
( 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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BlackRabbit
( 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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AbuKhalid
( 27.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
لعبه جميله
اذا تحب الافكار الجديدة في الجو العام للعبه وطريقة الالغاز فهذه جابتها بكل شي تقريبا

فيديو بسيط

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQg481WI5aQ
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ChewyGold
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
The Swapper really makes you think. It has various puzzles that you have to solve by making clones of yourself and swapping between them, as you figure out what happened onboard an almost deserted orbital research station.

It's a great game for puzzle lovers, and the music is pretty top notch.
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SleepThieff
( 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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Reguire
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I haven't finished the game yet but the atmosphere reminds me of Dead Space. But you don't have freaky limbed creatures trying to kill you so it's a win-win. A very good puzzle game.
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eliitti
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
An extremely atmospheric game with excellent puzzles and beautiful graphics, buy it and try it if you're a puzzle game fan. Great mechanics, awesome sound effects and good voice acting. The game was actually great enough for me to eagerly play it through once and then a year or so later I watched a friend play it through from the beginning and STILL had a blast. And I think one day I'd be ready for a third run. And this is coming from someone that doesn't really like playing single player games through more than once.
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Mr.Wipeout
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
beautiful game: innovative idea, very interesting puzzles. deep history and a beautiful setting. Highly recommended.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
I have never had such an immersive, creepy, puzzling and beautiful experience in a game.

The swappers puzzles are brilliantly designed, it's plot is intriguing to the last moment and its visuals are the most stunning things I have seen.

If you enjoy a game which makes you think, both about puzzles and the world around you, the swapper will be perfect.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Overview
The Swapper is an atmospheric 2d puzzler made by a small indie developer team called Facepalm Games. You'd think, because of where it comes from, that it's liable to be just another generic puzzle game- but I promise you it's not. To get to the root of what makes The Swapper so different, let's take a look at its visual design, gameplay, and story, followed by my final thoughts.

Visual Design
This game was modeled from clay. Yes, I'm serious. The majority of The Swapper's textures, environments, and in-game objects are brought to life by photographed clay, processed by a custom made engine of Facepalm's own creation. Add in what is quite possibly the best atmospheric lighting I've seen in any game to date, and you have the graphical masterpiece that is The Swapper. This, along with the exceptionally realistic physics system, all culminates in a hauntingly beautiful experience traversing a space station deep in the cosmos. Facepalm Games did a great job bringing this ethereal aesthetic to life, and the hard work pays off- resulting in one of the most atmospheric games ever made.

Gameplay
Like most notable modern puzzlers, The Swapper offers a unique mechanic not yet seen in the gaming medium. As you probably already know, Swapper's special gimmick is the ability to materialize several clones of yourself (up to 4), and then 'swap' your consciousness between them. This, for me, resulted in an even more satisfying method of solving puzzles than the portal gun did in the Portal games. You'll use this mechanic in a multitude of ways, whether it be simply for movement, surmounting obstacles, or even... for narrative... purposes. Speaking of the story, the swapping device which allows you to duplicate human bodies and relocate your own mind between them does have a high level of importance to the plot, but in an unexpected and much deeper way that I will not spoil for you in this review. Looping back to the actual gameplay, the puzzles in The Swapper do a great job of providing satisfying logical solutions, while still balancing an increasing degree of difficulty that's sure to keep you on your toes. Other than the puzzles, there are also some fun zero-G levels to fly around in, and then of course the standard 2d platforming to do. Altogether, The Swapper offers a very singular gameplay experience that I'm sure many fans of the genre will enjoy immensely.

Story
The Swapper takes place on Space Station Theseus, orbiting alien planet Chori-V. Atmospheric clues are quick to inform you that the humans who piloted the station here did advance to become a spacefaring species, but with the majority of human life still located on Earth. Carrying on, the purpose of Space Station Theseus was to survey one of the seven extraterrestrial planets chosen in the Sisyphus Project to discover anything of scientific importance, and on Chori-V, something was found. That thing of scientific importance; was a sentient species of rocks. Now hold your laughter, it's not as silly as it seems, it actually turns out to be a quite serious aspect of the plot. Experimentation on these rocks is what brought about the creation of the swapper device, but it came at a price. One I wouldn't dare spoil for you. Now that the specifics of the plot are out of the way, I can't really go into too much detail on the story without spoiling it, so instead I will express my feelings on it. Swapper's narrative, much like its featured gameplay mechanic, is mostly unique, taking cues from a very select genre of movies and literature. Because of this it's definitely something that evokes thought from the player, but I personally did not enjoy how much was left to interpretation when all was said and done. While the devs assure us they did have a clear narrative direction, it is very hard to, with the information given, know exactly what occurred in The Swapper. This isn't enough reason to say the story of The Swapper is bad- far from it, but it does take a small amount of enjoyment out of the experience, which is the feeling of having solved the whole mystery, rather than just the majority of it. When looking at the big picture though, I can truthfully say that The Swapper effectively grabbed my imagination, transporting it to a thoughtful work of fiction.

Final Thoughts
Throughout Swapper's 4.5-5.5 hour runtime, I consistently felt the feelings of both being fairly creeped out (in a good way), and a great level of curiosity that drove me to discover all that The Swapper had to offer. Its design is beautiful, its puzzles are both difficult and satisfying, and its story is a great piece of mystery and intrigue. If any of this interests you, go ahead and do yourself a favor in playing The Swapper, just be prepared for some challenging puzzles and a slight amount of narrative confusion by its conclusion.

Personal Rating: 9/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
If you want to play only one of the millions of indie puzzle platformers, this is the one.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
لعبه جميله
اذا تحب الافكار الجديدة في الجو العام للعبه وطريقة الالغاز فهذه جابتها بكل شي تقريبا

فيديو بسيط

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQg481WI5aQ
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Pretty good platforming puzzler with an excellent story. While the puzzles are reason enough to get the game, the story is even better.

You play as ???. You're in space. You can clone yourself, as long as there's no blue light where you're putting the clone. You can swap with the clone as long as there's no red light blocking your shot to the clone. Purple light acts like red and blue light. That's all of the puzzle mechanics! A perfect example of how you only need a few consistent mechanics to make a good puzzle game.

One complaint: The ending has a single branch. As far as I can tell, this is the only dynamic part of the story. Unfortunately, it seems like you have to play through the whole game twice to see both endings, despite the rest of the game being the same. This kinda' sucks.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
great game for puzzle lovers, they're not too hard but not too easy to crack either. the plot is also very clever and thought-provoking. definitely recommend it if you like puzzles and/or contemplating the meaning of human consciousness.
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1 of 1 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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183 of 207 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4nyZkwycEo

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
Recommended
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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149 of 168 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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