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The Swapper: A Creepy-Cool Claymation Puzzler Out May 30

/ May 18th, 2013 No Comments

The Swapper
The Swapper

The Swapper

Claymation is an art style rarely seen in gaming. Primarily delegated to the film industry, the unique style of animation provides a different way for filmmakers to express their vision outside of CGI and traditional hand-drawn animation. Claymation games are, unfortunately, a thing of the past. Older gamers might have fond memories of the entertaining Clayfighter series or even The Neverhood games but those titles were big in the 90′s. More than a decade and a half has passed with virtually no titles of note except for The Dream Machine, an independent episodic game. The Swapper is an upcoming title that looks to carry the torch of the incredibly underused format in a bold direction.

Developed by Facepalm Games and described as an atmospheric puzzle platformer, The Swapper uses familiar mechanics but delivers them with a unique look. Using an experimental device, players are able to clone themselves and swap control between each of the clones. By using these clones the player will activate switches, scale out of reach heights and solve other puzzles. What makes the world of The Swapper unique is that it is constructed using clay and other common materials.

Trailers for the game only hint at how far the cloning mechanics can be taken but there’s little doubt they will be used to solve increasingly difficult puzzles. Though the claymation style is quite captivating, the moody sci-fi atmosphere does an equally impressive job of drawing in the viewer. Facepalm notes classic films such as Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey as inspiration behind the isolated and personal nature of the game. The creepy music and large, monolithic structures are also reminiscent of such horror films as the Alien franchise.

In development for a few years and receiving several rewards and acclaim, The Swapper is now finally set for release. On May 30 the game will be available for download on Steam. Along with the announcement a new trailer was released providing a small glimpse at what the game will be like. Check out the trailer titled “Mind-Sci” below.

Ben Sheene

Ben Sheene

Associate Editor & Content Guru at Gaming Illustrated
Ben is from Kentucky where he originally began playing games (an activity he still continues to this day). With a love for writing he graduated from Centre College with a BA in English. He recently moved to California to pursue whatever future endeavors were there. A passion for music, gaming, blogging, and existing keeps him up at night and crafts him into the person he is today.
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