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Platform Win, PS3, PS4, PS Vita Publisher Facepalm Games Developer Facepalm Games Release Date 2013-05-30

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The Swapper review: impossible soul

Clones act as vessels inhabited via swapping On a skeletal level, The Swapper is a puzzle game in which an astronaut uses the titular Swapper device to create and control clones. The astronaut can materialize up to four clones at a time anywhere within her line of sight, and the clones will mirror her movements: she walks, they walk; she jumps, they jump; she dies, they die. The clones act as empty vessels that can be inhabited via "swapping" — a technique akin to firing one's soul like a bullet into another body. This trick is best understood through an example. Say the astronaut needs to reach a platform hundreds of feet beneath a cliff. She must leap from the cliff then quickly create and teleport into a clone on the platform far below, leaving the old, empty body to fall and...

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Two GOG sales cut prices on Fez, The Banner Saga, Spelunky, more

GOG.com is offering two concurrent promotions with deep discounts on a variety of games from major publishers and indies such as Fez, Alan Wake and Spelunky, the digital distribution platform announced today. To mark St. Patrick's Day, the "Luck of the Irish" sale allows customers to put together their own five-game bundles from a selection of 25 titles that are discounted by as much as 90 percent. Any or all of the five choices in the bundle can be a "Pot of Gold," in which GOG will randomly select a game that isn't listed among the 25 options. The deals on that list include Mossmouth's Spelunky for $3 (regularly $14.99), Facepalm Games' The Swapper for $3 (reg. $14.99), Polytron's Fez for $2 (reg. $9.99) and Remedy Entertainment's Alan Wake for $3 (reg. $29.99). At the same time,...

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The Swapper headed to PS3, PS4 and Vita in May

The Swapper will arrive on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in "late May this year," Curve Studios marketing manager Rob Clarke announced today on the PlayStation Blog. Facepalm Games' atmospheric puzzle game set on the space station Theseus was released for Linux, Mac and Windows PC last year. It's available on Steam for $14.99. The Swapper is also part of the Humble Bundle 11, which will be available until March 4 and also includes games like Beat Buddy, Fez and Gacamelee. Curve Studios has also worked on bringing games like Proteus, Stealth, Inc. and Thomas Was Alone to multiple platforms. For more on the PlayStation-bound puzzle game, be sure to read Polygon's The Swapper review, which called it "a slow and thoughtful game unnervingly fixated on its gratuitous...

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Humble Bundle 11 adds Fez, Beat Buddy, Starseed Pilgrim

The Humble Bundle 11 has added Fez, Beat Buddy and Starseed Pilgrim to its collection of acclaimed indie games available at a pay-what-you-want price. The Humble Bundle 11 launched Feb. 18. Anyone interested in adding those three titles will need to beat the bundle's average (currently around $4.58), while buyers who previously bought above the average will receive them automatically. In addition to the aforementioned titles, buyers will also get Antichamber, Dust: An Elysian Tale, Guacamelee! Gold Edition, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine and The Swapper. Games are available DRM-free for Linux, Mac and Windows PC — with the exception of Giana Sisters, which is currently only available for Windows PC. Buyers who pay more than $1 will also receive Steam...

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Monaco surpasses half a million sales, poor XBLA results

Pocketwatch Games' action-stealth game Moncao: What's Yours Is Mine surpassed 520,000 sales across four platforms, founder Andy Schatz announced, revealing that only 36,000 of that figure was from Xbox Live Arcade. "Sales update: We're well over half a million units of Monaco sold! (~520K), only includes about half the HIB [Humble Indie Bundle] sales since we are BTA," Scahtz tweeted, referring to the game's inclusion the latest Humble Indie Bundle. He later wrote that 36,000 sales were on Xbox 360 with the remaining figure spread across Windows PC, Mac and Linux. Monaco initially launched on Steam for Windows PC on April 24 with the Xbox Live Arcade version slated for a simultaneous release. The console version was delayed a day before its launch when a bug that disconnected...

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The Swapper, Guacamelee, more featured in Humble Indie Bundle 11

The Humble Indie Bundle 11 offers pay-what-you-want pricing for six well-regarded indie games on PC, including Facepalm Games' The Swapper and DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee, the Humble Bundle announced today. All buyers will receive DRM-free copies of four games: The Swapper, the Gold Edition of Guacamelee, Humble Hearts' Dust: An Elysian Tail and Black Forest Games' Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. Those who pay at least $1 will also receive keys to redeem those titles on Steam. And anybody who pays more than the average purchase price, which sits at $3.85 as of this writing, will get copies of Alexander Bruce's Antichamber and Pocketwatch Games' Monaco: What's Yours is Mine as well. The games are all downloadable on the customer's choice of Linux, Mac and Windows PC, except Giana...

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Indie Fund backs Loveshack Entertainment's Framed

Indie Fund, the funding source for independent developers, announced today that it is supporting Loveshack Entertainment's comic panel switching game, Framed. As part of the support, Indie Fund will financially back Loveshack based on the studio's budget needs to complete Framed. Indie Fund's investment model gives its developers lots of flexibility with no long term obligations, no milestones and a repayment system that offers the developer a share of the game's revenue. Indie Fund has previously thrown its support behind games like Dear Esther, Antichamber, Monaco and The Swapper. The fund itself was created by a group of independent developers that includes Jonathan Blow (Braid, The Witness), Ron Carmel (World of Goo), Kellee Santiago (Flower, Journey) and Nathan Vella (Super Time...

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The Humble Store launches with daily deals

The organizers of the Humble Bundle are rolling out daily deals beginning today in a digital storefront called the Humble Store. Discounted games will be available every day in The Humble Store, and purchasers can choose multiple games to buy. To celebrate the virtual store's grand opening, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Don't Starve, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Gunpoint, Natural Selection 2, Orcs Must Die! 2, Prison Architect, Rogue Legacy and The Swapper are all on sale between 50 and 75 percent off for the next 20 hours, as of this writing. You can check out an introductory video for the Humble Store above. For every purchase, 10 percent of the price will be shared among four charities: the American Red Cross, Child's Play, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, charity : water and the...

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Indie Fund-backed titles Mushroom 11, The Swapper offer unique, memorable experiences

Mushroom 11 and The Swapper are two vastly different games with one common ally: Indie Fund, a funding source for independent developers with remarkable titles. During Indie Press Day 2013, Indie Fund partner and Braid creator Jonathan Blow demoed both games to Polygon. Mushroom 11 is the current project of Rope Rescue developer Itay Keren. The game was picked up as an Indie Fund-backed project in November of last year. According to Blow, the collective was struck by how different it was. "It's really immediate that there was an idea here that we hadn't seen," Blow said. "We saw right away what the game was about." In Mushroom 11, players control a fungus-like creature as they explore and overcome obstacles. The trick is to cut off parts of yourself while you progress; your changing...

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The Swapper brings clay-based clone-destroying fun to Steam on May 30

The Swapper, Facepalms' side-scrolling puzzle platformer, is coming to Steam on May 30 for Windows PC and Mac. The game requires the player to create clones of themselves and swap from one body to the next using The Swapper device. Many clones are destroyed as the player explores the abandoned research station and progresses through the levels. Along with traditional development techniques, clay models and everyday materials were used to create the game's handmade assets. The Swapper was a 2012 Indie Game Challenge finalist, received IndieCade's Special Recognition Award and was featured as part of PAX East's Indie Megabooth in March.

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    • Released 2013-05-30
    • Publisher Facepalm Games
    • Developer Facepalm Games
    • Score 9.0
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