The Swapper is undoubtedly a puzzle game inspired by Portal. But is it just another ♥♥♥♥♥♥ clone, or maybe something else? Let's find out.
The game is set on some kind of abandoned space station orbiting an unexplored planet, where our main character arrives at the beginning. We don't know who he is or why is he there. Soon we'll find the Swapper, a portal-gun-like device that will become our main tool throughout the game.
It has two functions: creating a clone of yourself at a certain location that will move exactly as you and swapping the control from yourself to the clone. You can have up to four clones plus the main character at the same time. With such a powerful tool, you would think no puzzle will resist you more than a few seconds. And here it comes the brilliance of the game designers: the puzzles ARE hard. The start being easy, but soon you will find yourself stuck for the first time.
Fortunately, the game offers the player some freedom on the order puzzles must be done (but eventually every one must be completed to end the game), so you don't desperately stand for hours trying the same puzzle. Also, it alternates these puzzles with more narrative sequences, letting you learn some of what happened here before your arrival. The story itself is quite interesting, following the path of speculative / philosophical science-fiction, and has a really decent ending.
On the art of the game, the graphics are nice and original, specially textures, through the character moves seem quite orthopedic and sometimes there is just too much blur on the screen. On the other hand, the soundrack is outstanding, ranging from ambient passages that get you into the isolation atmosphere of the game to beautiful and evocative piano melodies.
In conclusion, The Swapper is an awesome adventure and a very well done game in every aspect of its development. It is however a bit expensive for the 5/6 hours that last a basic gameplay. But hey, it is on sale quite often.