The need for more natural resources has made sending and maintaining outposts in space a necessity. One of the outpost stations, Theseus, has discovered a planet called Chori V. Strange rock formations on Chori V are used to create a device called The Swapper. The Swapper can clone an individual and move their consciousness to the clone. During some initial testing the device was used on two people with less than positive results. In addition to aiding in the creation of The Swapper the rock formations on Chori V are rumored to be communicating with crew members telepathically.
The game play in The Swapper tasks players with collection orbs. These orbs are acquired by solving environmental puzzles that often require real thought, some dexterity and, of course, the use of clones. The Swapper allows you to create up to 4 clones who mimic your every movt and can be swapped to essentially become – you. Clones are as fragile as you are and will take fall damage and reabsorb if you come in contact with them. The challenge lies in the puzzles’ fiendish layouts. The lighting in the environment can make all the difference. Blue lights inhibit creating a clone. Swapping with a clone in a red lit area is impossible and purple lit areas combine that of red and blue.
The Swapper is an eerie, challenging and overall wonderful experience. I don’t recall playing a game that was so cerebral on every front – gameplay and narrative. This is a game not to be missed.
Recommendation: Buy this game Full Disclosure: The PS4 version of this game was provided to GameEnthus by the publisher.
Genre: narrative rich puzzler
Developer: Facepalm Games/Curve Digital
Publisher: Curve Studios
Platform(s): PS4, PS3, Vita(cross-buy), Steam, GOG
Worth a buy – paying full price for fans of the series or genre makes sense – often includes a caveat
Worth a buy on sale – not quite full price worthy but close, – often includes a caveat
No – borrow it if you must play it Please no – Don’t waste any time and/or money on it