Excerpt: Writing a review of The Swapper by Facepalm Games —a studio surely named after the gesture you’ll perform when you finally solve the tougher challenges in this space-based puzzle scroller—is a bit like trying to talk about The Prestige to someone who’s never seen the film.
Pros: Gorgeous visuals; lovely soundtrack; great puzzle variation; engaging storyline.
Cons: Plot and pathing more linear than branching; overused blurry effect; no method for bypassing seemingly impossible puzzles.
Summary: It's always refreshing to be introduced to a game mechanic that you've never quite seen before. It's even better when that game takes said mechanic and elevates it to something pure and sublime, something that, to borrow a cliché, can always be replicated but never exactly duplicated.
Conclusion: No game is perfect, but The Swapper is as close to it as I’ve played in a long time. A score of “10” denotes that despite any dismissively minuscule flaws, the game is one that can and should be enjoyed by anyone and raises the bar in its genre. Therefore, I have no reservations awarding it here.
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New Gamer Nation
10 July 2013
Conclusion: You should most definitely play The Swapper if you haven’t already. Languish in its marvelous puzzle design. Soak up its immersive, atmospheric presentation. But most importantly, try not to take the story too seriously.
Summary: Super Metroid. There, I said it. It’s one of the greatest games of all time. It may be THE greatest game of all time. And The Swapper is a bit like it. It has a sliver of Metroid’s brilliance, but even a sliver is enough to make it shine brighter than almost every other game you could play.
Conclusion: The Swapper raises questions as quickly as it prompts you to solve them, pushing you each time in a surprising direction. You may solve the game in one long sitting or get stuck on a puzzle for hours, but either way, the ride is a compelling, thoughtful experience.
Pros: Atmosphere and art. Ingenious puzzle system. Gripping story.
Cons: Somewhat short experience. Very complex, un-skippable puzzles later on.