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 (3,205 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

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
98 of 121 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Pros:
+Cleverly crafted puzzles
+This game rules.
+Fun central concept

Cons:
-I am playing it high and killing all these clones of myself is freakin' me out
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29 of 29 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Whether you like puzzle games or not, you should give the swapper a try. It's wonderful. The game design gives you a weightless feeling thanks to its atmosphere. You really feel lonely in space if it was not for your clones. The graphics are great and the music is fantastic. Some puzzles are a bit hard but not impossible. And once you find the trick it's a genuine reward.
Jump on board!
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
The Swapper is a wonderfully compelling title in which you have special abilities that allow you to solve puzzles.

Like Portal, the central premise asks the question "How do I exist in two different places at the same time?" or "How do I reach the unreachable place?" Where these games differ is that The Swapper takes the answer to this question quite literally. You're given a gun that fires copies of your controlled character. You can have up to four of these copies, and the clones move in tandem with you. If you move one step forward, they move one step forward, and so forth. You can also project your primary control into any one of them, provided you have a clear unobstructed shot at it. Most of the puzzles revolve around this mechanic, as there's usually a task one clone has to perform to get it into a place where you can control it. Only your primary character can collect the orbs that complete the puzzle. What makes these puzzles tricky is that there are different areas that obstruct your various powers, making you think critically to evaluate what your clones will do. For example, red lights will not allow you to project yourself into a clone, so you must either disable the red light with a switch or work around it. Red light areas still allow you to project new clones, however. Blue lights don't allow new clones, but you can project into existing clones. Purple lights don't allow your powers to work at all. Some puzzles use boxes, but most employ the switches that your clones must activate to manipulate the light areas. Later in the game, you encounter gravity pods that create similar scenarios, only with upside down and rightside up clones doing the work. A primary character can only create a clone that is standing as they are, so there's another layer of gameplay.

As you move through the game, there is a dark, foreboding atmosphere. You're thrust into a sci-fi world of moral and philosophical conflict, and the story is told through a reluctant female voice as well as ship logs. The game's visuals are beautifully realized with darkness and light interplaying in interesting ways. Sound design is also uniformly excellent and realy creates this feeling of isolation and dread, yet you still feel this alien presence. I will not spoil the story for you, but I will say that there are some surprising revelations that are not immediately apparent from the outset. The environments are vast so there's plenty to explore. I was reminded of Super Metroid at many times, except there is no combat in The Swapper.

I think the game's controls and gameplay work wonderfully together to challenge the player without frustration. So many indie titles only have their gimmick to fall back on, but The Swapper combines gameplay, visuals, and narrative seamlessly. Even if you fail to understand how to solve a puzzle, there are plenty of puzzles you can solve while you're thinking about the correct solution. I normally get pretty impatient with puzzle games, but every puzzle in The Swapper is fair, logical, and rewarding.

In summary, this is a fantastic game that you should purchase if you have not purchased it already. It has enough content to warrant whatever price you pay for it, and should satisfy even the most jaded indie fans.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
"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.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
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.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
The Swapper is a pure puzzle platformer, you are not going to fight any enemies here. Only "weapon" you have to solve its puzzles is experimental device able to clone the user and swap control between them. Nice visuals and soundtrack make your exploration of vast space station Theseus very deep and atmospheric. However, it's short and has no replayability. Recommended for everyone who likes puzzle platformer games with interesting sci-fi story and lonely desperate atmosphere.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Nice little puzzle game on a space station. You can clone yourself 4 times.
Unfortunately the graphics are very blurry. But the atmosphere is quite good and creepy.
Like thinking stones, talking brains and a huge lonesome labroratory in space.
You must explore the whole map and collect orbs to finally leave it. The only way to die
is to fall down from a high gap. Sometimes there are random astronaut radio chats played.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
If you're into puzzles, this game is for you.
No agility needed (or at least I can't recall any part that needs it). Only pure logic.
No cross-correlating either, every puzzle is self sufficient and you don't need knowledge acquired somewhere else to solve it.

The story is interesting also, rather philosophical revolving around the "what is a thought?" question. Don't expect a masterpiece that will change the gaming industry in this sense, but it was cool

I just regret that the game was rather short, but I am not 100% sure that adding more content would be a good idea.



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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
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?
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
One of my favorite Steam games ! Good puzzles, wonderful graphics, good sound and voice-acting merge to a dense atmosphere and a very special experience that is offered by only a few games.

You play as an astronaut on a derelict space station. With the eponymous swapper device you can create up to three copies of yourself and swap between them which is essential to solve the puzzles.

Definitely worth playing !
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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 :)
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
@8hrs & 12h: This magnificently presented, executed and challenging puzzle platformer takes a hold of the player from the very first cut scene and holds their imagination until the last puzzle is solved.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Rating: 9/10

What is it?
2D Puzzle platformer

The Good:

+Very creative puzzles and gameplay. You create clones of yourself that follow your every moment. You can also swap to them and take control.

+Puzzles are nicely layered getting progressively harder and require more creative thinking. The puzzles are really well done and solving them feels really nice.

+ Clay graphics and animation really adds to atmosphere

+Surprsingly good story and plot

+ Nice music


The Bad

- Won't be getting any of the achievements without a walkthrough

- Some of the later puzzles are incredibly hard and most likely require a guide

Conclusion:
This is a fantastic game that I kept hearing people rave about and I can safely say that this is a great game and deserves all the praise it gets. You really need to play this game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
i think no one can describe this game how beautiful it is. when we were in the 90's who'd believe there will be a puzzle platform games with a mind blowing scenarios and amazing atmosphere? we had fun with captain claw, jazzjack rabbit, prehistoric but this game is the platformer too can you believe that? :)) very high recommendation from me to who doesn't play The Swapper yet.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
101.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I'm not a fan of platformer games but this one was an exception. The visuals, music, and intriguing story was enough to keep me interested. 11/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
I don't even know which aspect of this game to praise first..

This is one of those games that leaves you wondering, contemplating, and overthinking life as you know it. There is no earthly way for me to explain what the story is about without telling you all about it, which is probably why I had no clue the story was such an essential part of the game when it first took my interest..

Just know that if you've got a philosophical side in you, and aren't afraid of exploring every corner of the map to find out more information, and how it links together to understanding it all.. this is your game.

Sure, the puzzles are great, but there's tons of other puzzle games.. The Swapper offers you much, much more than a series of fun and challenging puzzles.

And last, but certainly not least, are the aesthetics, and soundtrack! They help make The Swapper an unforgettable experience.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
A man from the amiga era. . . .

The style grabbed me - it's a masterpiece, will go in my hall of fame.

Buy it, just buy it now....
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Dark presence.

Compelling story.

Genius Puzzle platformer.

stunning lighting and graphics.

Puzzle starts from easy to challenging that makes you think outside the box.

I played LIMBO, Braid and portal so this game is out there with them so its definitely worth a try.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I just finished this game and WOW, was it amazing. The puzzles instances were progressively challenging (I had spent 4 nights on one particular instance before I succumbed and looked up a guide) and add new mechanics over time. The puzzle I used a guide for was useful because it introduced me to a mechanic I had not even thought of yet.

The atmosphere and soundtrack are both beautiful and fit perfectly with the overall gameplay and story. Although some of the puzzles drove me crazy, there was still a relaxing aspect to playing this game.

The story, wow the story and its philosophical elements were given at appropriate moments in a very smooth way. The ending reveal...I had been thinking of something completely different.

If you like puzzle platformers with a nice story, this game is for you. I was fortunate enough to get it gifted to me, and I in return passed it along to someone else. Short and sweet, definitely worth the price if you want a nice journey.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Gorgeously constructed sets teeming with atmosphere serve as playground to puzzles that are all-too-commonly frustrating for casual players. Like most indie puzzle platformers of its time, the Swapper's artsy image is tarnished by obtuseness and tedium, but what's there in spite of its flaws is still quite compelling.
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