It is rare, but every once in awhile I feel like I’ve fallen into somewhat of a gaming rut. Actually, very recently I found myself in one, right after I finished Bioshock Infinite. I felt like all the other games that I had been playing lately were out of some misguided sense of duty to the genre, some core sense of being what you may consider a “gamer”. I knew I had games to finish, and those games weren’t exactly boring by any stretch of the imagination. I just felt like I wanted something new. “C’mon, indie game universe,” I pleaded. “GIVE ME SOMETHING, ANYTHING!!!”
That’s where The Swapper came into my life.
I had not previously heard of this game, nor did I have any preconceptions other than a link from my podcast co-host Raul saying “hey i think u liek this, lick my butt.” The last part isn’t surprising. Actually, it’s a pretty normal occurrence.
It turns out, all I need in order to give a previously unheard-of game a chance are the words “puzzle platformer”. Those two words usually have the power of bringing me back to the many hours and replay hours I spent in Portal, Portal 2, and Portal 2’s brilliant multiplayer. It’s been far too long since I’ve been faced with thought puzzles interlaced with a cool story, and this game’s story seemed very unique and somewhat… creepy.