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  • Fiendish puzzles whose solutions are only ever a few steps away.
  • A thought-provoking story set in an eerie sci-fi world filled with atmosphere of mystery and isolation.
  • Narrative design from Tom Jubert, writer behind such indie hits as Penumbra and FTL.
  • A visually stunning hand-crafted world built out of clay.


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.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Processor: Dual Core 2.2 GHz or better, Memory: 1 GB RAM, Graphics: GeForce 8800 / Radeon HD4800 series with 512 MB of memory and OpenGL 3.0+ support, 1 GB HD space.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7.0 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: Intel HD 3000 or better, 4000 or a dedicated GPU recommended, OpenGL 3.0+ support required. Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled Patched to version 1.26

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Dark, Clever and Beautiful

Posted on 2013-10-22 07:13:35 byderOlifant's avatarderOlifant:

This is one of the best indiegames I ever played, and I played a lot. Perhaps the greatest strength of the game is its 'tactile' look and aesthetics; they are absolutely stunning even after hours of play. The atmosphere is dark, foreboding and quite creepy. The story itself is enigmatic and fairly original with a surprisingly satisfying ending.
Gameplay and mechanics too are more The cloning and swapping mechanic is pretty mindbending (and distrubing too), and personally I felt the difficulty was just right. I found most puzzles quite challenging, and a few ones extremely so. Despite this, I very rarely felt frustrated. The game really motivates you even if you get stuck.
The only real downside is its length – it's over after a few hours. But it's just such a brilliant experience (both in terms of gameplay and atmosphere) that it's entirely worth it. I'm pretty sure you won't forget this game.

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An alien experience

Posted on 2013-10-22 07:50:47 byOdanUrr's avatarOdanUrr:

The Swapper is a puzzle platformer about an astronaut who explores a seemingly abandoned space station in orbit around Chori V. Soon, you'll find the game's prime mechanic, "the Swapper," a weapon that allows you to create clones of yourself and swap between these bodies. As you solve puzzles around the station with the Swapper, you'll soon realise there's something very wrong hereread more and that you may not be as alone as you initially thought.
This game is pretty damn good for a number of reasons. First, the aesthetics look truly alien and the soundtrack does its part too. Together with a most compelling and mysterious story, The Swapper keeps you engaged and encourages you to solve puzzle after puzzle after puzzle to find out what's going on aboard the Theseus space station. The game clocks in at around 10 hours but it most definitely requires a second playthrough to figure out the exact chronology of events. Trust me, I'm still dwelling on it myself.
I recommend buying it from the Facepalm Games website since it comes with a Steam key, a DRM-free copy, and the soundtrack for the game.

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Refreshing gem

Posted on 2013-12-23 19:00:21 byRobertFrost's avatarRobertFrost:

Puzzle games are a difficult genre: they are usually associated with brain teasers, to just spend some time with. It's hard to find something innovative, but luckily, once in a while we can find treasures like this game, that shake things with new brilliant ideas. This game is a subtle balancing of many factors: simple yet intriguing mechanics (you can clone yourself many times,read more and interact with the environment), interesting challenges, cool graphics, and a progressing storyline that keeps you interested, giving you further motivations to progress into the game. The sum of all these factors works, and the result is just spectacular. Only hint before playing: remember there is a "slow motion" feature, activated by keeping pressed the right mouse button: it's not mentioned in the game intro, but it is really a great plus that lets you think about the game, and not just become busy with fast clicking . Summing up, this game provides a really enjoyable experience, showing how brilliant new ideas, together with passion for games, can carve gems even without stellar budgets. Get it and enjoy it.

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