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The Swapper
9.5 out of 10

The Swapper

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Overall 8
8.0

The Swapper

True achievements
7 June 2015
  • Conclusion: Even players who may not be into puzzle games should be able to find something within this game to enjoy. The atmosphere, story, music and puzzles all bring The Swapper to be a great game and experience for anyone to enjoy.
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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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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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Overall 10
10

The Swapper

Destructoid
25 July 2013
  • Summary: Me, myself, I, yours truly, and me again 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...
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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.
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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

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.
  • 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 10
10

Expert Review

Calm Down Tom
24 June 2013
  • 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.
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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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