The Swapper

  • The Swapper
Based on 18 scores, 21 reviews available
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  • Great visuals.
  • Good, fitting music.
  • Solid and clever puzzle design.


  • Over too quickly.
  • Navigation of world map can take longer than necessary.

Expert reviews and ratings

By New Game Network on 90

As a new IP, The Swapper is one of the best around. The great puzzles, superbly told story and beautiful visuals make me excited for whatever comes next from the Finnish...

By Maximum PC on 90

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...

By PCGamer on 80

The Swapper is one of those games that will stick in your mind. Years down the road, when you have grandkids demanding tales of retrotastic delights, The Swapper will be among those you reminisce about when you’re telling them of nonviolence done right.

By PC Mag on 90

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...

By EuroGamer on 90

The intrinsic bone-chill of The Swapper ultimately comes from the things it does in your own mind - the way it encourages you to see yourself as a disposable resource, the way it pushes you towards a thousand casual betrayals where individual vessels are sacrificed.

By AnalogAdiction on 93

The Swapper is an experience that should not be missed. This is one of the best independent titles available, and one of the best games 2013 has offered so far.

By on

The addition of red, blue, and purple lights make the puzzles far more challenging.Where the questions of identity start to pop up is in the second function of your clone gun, and the reason why is, like the game, is called The Swapper. After creating a...

By The Sydney Morning Herald on 90

If you like your puzzle games to challenge both your problem-solving and your philosophical views, The Swapper is a must-buy.

By Sydney Morning Herald on

DateJune 3, 2013 - 11:44PM (1) Read later What is it that makes you ? Where does the essence of your identity reside? Is it in your body? Is it in the chemical signals in your brain? Or is it something less tangible, an abstract concept of...

By TPreview on 80

Overall the game is a great puzzler and the mechanic is particularly inventive and interesting, up there with Portal and Fez. The story is interesting if not surprising, and the world is immersive but never truely frightening. Thanks to wide open areas and the slight slapstick of the clone deaths, you’ll never feel as claustrophobic as you did...

By Ars Technica on 80

The Swapper still delivers puzzle-platforming catnip—and a decent if slightly hackneyed plot that does a magnificent job of playing around with your efforts as a science-bending hero. Pick it up if you're a Steam game collector who doesn't mind trading $15 for about 4-6 hours of memorable conversations with asteroids.

By IGN on 93

The Swapper tempted me with ingenious puzzles, transported me to a fully realized science-fiction world, and made me ask questions about mortality and morality that few video games have ever dared to explore. Very few puzzle games have ever managed to marry impeccable challenges with a mature storytelling quite like this...

By Edge on 70

For the most part. But when you need to travel great vertical distances in The Swapper, you must daisy chain from clone to clone, placing each new copy above your head and swapping into it, letting your discarded shells fall to the ground. Its clever, creepy and macabre. And that goes for The Swapper as a whole.

By TheControllerOnline on 95

The story may not be the star of the show, but between the unique gameplay mechanics, beautiful environments and brilliant puzzles, it’s one of the best puzzle-platformers that I’ve ever played. The Swapper may be short, but I think you’ll agree that it was definitely worth both your time and your money.

By GameSpot on 80

While it lasts, though, The Swapper is a smart, good-looking game with engaging puzzle mechanics and great atmosphere. It's a well-crafted journey from top to bottom, and the only regret at the end is that there's not more of it.

By Destructoid on 100

I came away from The Swapper with nothing but amazement. From the first time you see the literally hand-crafted visuals until the final moment in the game, which is sure to give you pause for thought, you will be in complete awe. Brilliant puzzles with even more brilliant solutions compliment the philosophical plotline, leaving an unforgettable experience unlike any other.

By GeekSmash on 70

All in all, “The Swapper” is an enjoyable game with an intriguing central mechanic and lots of fun gameplay. Some of the puzzles are pretty fiendish, so expect to come back to them, but the frequent long-range teleporting rings make getting around the space station a breeze. And remember, if somebody offers to switch their mind into your body, just say no.

By GameSpot on 80

Unique visuals and clever puzzle design help the philosophical puzzle game The Swapper feel fresh throughout its relatively short life...

International Review By on 93

Sem sombra de dúvidas The Swapper é uma boa aquisição a se fazer. Além de oferecer um jogo bonito, lapidado e com jogabilidade curiosa, o jogo não possui valor demasiado como outros títulos famosos, independente da plataforma. Tanto os jogadores que...

International Review By HardwareMX on

Ganador de numerosos reconocimientos y premios (PAX 10, IndieCade y el Indie Game Challenge), The Swapper es un atmosférico juego de acertijos, del género de plataformas, los sucesos se...