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The Swapper

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The Swapper

Game Revolution
25 July 2014
  • Excerpt: Let you ignore The Swapper? I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. The Swapper reminds me of my favorite film of all time— 2001: A Space Odyssey . Both clearly share the sci-fi setting and narrative, but a closer look reveals more meaningful similarities. They challenge and confront the audience. They ignore lengthy exposition and instead focus on mood and tone. They convey singular experiences that resonate long after their conclusions.
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Overall 9
9.0

The Swapper Review

maximum pc
26 November 2013
  • 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. If that’s you, it’s best you just go ahead and skip this review. Our guilt would be too great if we accidentally spoiled your cinematic enjoyment.
  • 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.
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Overall 9
8.8

The Swapper review

PCGamer Online
27 July 2013
  • Conclusion: Low-key, effective storytelling and a hyperfocus on puzzles. The Swapper exemplifies the adage that less is more.
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Overall 10
10

The Swapper

Destructoid
26 July 2013
  • 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. In a few ways, The Swapper reminded me of Super Metroid.
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Lights off

GameCritics.com
25 July 2013
  • Conclusion: is up with all of these frigging red and blue lights?
  • Pros: A non-violent, thought-provoking title is always welcome.
  • Cons: The puzzles feel noticeably disconnected from the world.
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The Swapper

Hooked Gamers
24 July 2013
  • 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. The Swapper is a game that perfectly blends gameplay, story, aesthetics, and mood to shine as a perfect experience of the type of experience only video games can deliver.
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Overall 9
8.8

The Swapper

ActionTrip
24 July 2013
  • Conclusion: Even though simplicity is at the very heart of this game, it’s a dynamic experience as the player pulls off one unique challenge after another.
  • Pros: A thrilling, well-polished and brilliantly designed puzzle-flavored platformer..
  • Cons: ..though slightly on the short side.
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Overall 9
9.0

Finnish Developer Provokes in Unique, Atmospheric Puzzler | The Swapper Review

newgamernation.com
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. It’d spoil what’s otherwise a near-perfect puzzle platformer pièce de résistance.
  • Pros: +Ingenious Puzzles, +Incredible Atmosphere
  • Cons: -Clumsy Story
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Alone in a Crowd

GameCritics.com
28 June 2013
  • Conclusion: Hitting a gravity pad too hard, dying, and then watching my corpse ping-pong back and forth until I reloaded.
  • Pros: Figuring out how to get the last orb in Planet Survey.
  • Cons: Getting stuck on a puzzle for 15 minutes because I forgot it's possible to merge oppositely-oriented clones.
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Overall 9
9.0

The Swapper

PC Magazine
21 June 2013
  • 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.
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