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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.