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Overview

The Swapper is a 2D puzzle-platformer for PC and consoles that explores the concept of identity and the line between mind and body. The player controls an astronaut with a mysterious device called the Swapper which allows them to make clones and swap between them.

Gameplay

The Swapper relies on two main mechanics, cloning and swapping. The first is the ability to create up to 4 clones of your character at any one time. You create a clone by clicking and holding the left mouse button (which will then drastically slow down time) then moving your cursor to place the outline of the clone where you want it to appear, and releasing the mouse button. You do not have direct control over these clones, as they will only mimic your characters motions.

The clones can be used to traverse environments by using the second ability your character possesses which is to swap your character's consciousness (and therefore direct control) with one of your clones. An example would be to place a clone at the top of an inaccessible ledge and then swap to that clone, leaving behind your old body and progressing through the environment. To swap clones you only need to have a clear line-of-sight to your target. Clones will disappear when touched by the one you are in control of, and can also be killed off by being dropped by ledges. Once killed they will be added back to your available clone count. There are also reset points in the environment which will destroy all currently deployed clones.

The goal of each puzzle is to navigate your way to obtaining an orb, which you then have to touch with a clone you are currently in direct control of to solve the puzzle. After obtaining a certain number of orbs, you will unlock new areas of the map and while you do not need to solve all puzzles to progress, you will need to eventually solve them all to access the games ending. Later puzzles introduce new mechanics such as colored lights which blocks clone creating or clone swapping in certain areas, pressure plates to remove barriers, and gravity reversing devices.

Story

The story of The Swapper seems simple at first but then reveals surprising depth, laden with heavy and thought-provoking themes. At the beginning of the game the protagonist, a mysterious astronaut whose identity is never revealed, crash lands on some sort of abandoned mining facility in a far flung corner of space. As players explore, they begin to uncover some of the secrets this complex has to offer. Terminals placed throughout the environment will give the player clues as to the recent history of the people that inhabited the facility before it was abandoned. The deeper players get, the more apparent it becomes that things may not be quite as they seem.

Console Versions

Curve Studios enhanced the Wii U version of The Swapper with exclusive optional touch-only controls. This version also retains certain graphical effects of the PC version like the depth of field effect that is missing from the PS3 version. On PS4, the touch pad can be used to scroll around the map and the visuals are on-par with the PC original. On PS Vita, the touch screen is used for the same.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP SP3
  • Processor: Dual Core CPU (2.2+ GHz Dual Core CPU or better)
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 8800 or Radeon® HD4800 series, 512 MB of memory
  • Hard Drive: 1 GB HD space
  • OS: Lion 20.7 or later
  • Processor: Dual Core CPU (2.2+ GHz Dual Core CPU or better)
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 3000 or better, 4000 or a dedicated GPU recommended, OpenGL 3.0+ support required
  • Hard Drive: 1 GB HD Space
  • OS: Ubuntu 10.04/13.10 64/32bit
  • Processor: Dual Core CPU (2.2+ GHz Dual Core CPU or better)
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce® 8800 or Radeon® HD4800 series, 512 MB of memory, OpenGL 3.0+ support required
  • Hard Drive: 1 GB HD space
  • Additional: Intel HD Graphics are not officially supported.

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