A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The main focus is on solving the puzzles instead of figuring out why the nameless astronaut is in this situation in the first place.
Positive Role Models
You don't know anything about the astronaut when the game starts and there's no sense that he's a good or bad guy. At times he'll have to sacrifice some clones to proceed, but some of that is due to the nature of the puzzles rather than a moral decision.
Ease of Play
The game methodically walks players through the controls during play. It slowly teaches you new moves and mechanics to ease you into the environment.
Violence & Scariness
The lead character can take some nasty spills if he falls from a higher ledge or, in one case, gets electrocuted by a faulty mechanical lift. None of the deaths looks gruesome, and there's no blood. He does use a firearm that works as both a means to teleport around levels and to clone himself.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Swapper is a fun yet spooky downloadable puzzle-based adventure. Players use a special weapon that creates clones to navigate through a series of facilities based in space, and although they don't use violence to complete objectives, the lead character will take some cringe-worthy spills. But there's no blood or anything gruesome.
Is It Any Good?
The Swapper is a highly imaginative and thoughtful puzzle adventure. It boasts a dark, eerie atmosphere that's reminiscent of Dead Space. Players encounter mysterious stones that appear throughout space structures that deliver creepy messages, and the story is shrouded in mystery. The platforming and puzzle-solving elements seem to draw inspiration from Portal. Players use their weapon to create clones in simple ways before using the device to cleverly navigate sections of the space station, even using it almost like a teleportation weapon. Later stages even require the navigation of zero gravity with the device.
The puzzles are carefully constructed, requiring thought about how to best approach them and how to take advantages of the player's small clone army. It's an incredibly well-made game that sticks with you long after you've played it, and its heightened focus on the puzzles and the mysterious setting \ engage you from start to finish. The Swapper is one of the more intriguing puzzle games that's ever been released.
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