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.
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.