7. The Swapper
Facepalm Games – Olli Harjola, Otto Hantula, Tom Jubert, Carlo Castellano
Windows PC, Steam
A haunting and seductive science fiction canvas for a well-suited game mechanic – make up to four clones of yourself among which you can project the focus – in other words, shift your first-person consciousness from one clone to another. Right-clicking slows time so you can perform complex feats in self-replication towards achieving your aim.
The implications on a psychological level are rather disturbing as you watch versions that used to be what you identified as the “real” you get squashed, crushed or lost in the corridors of this mysteriously abandoned scientific extra-planetary outpost.
Done in claymation, to add that extra little bit of head-twisting – a cross between digital and organic states -The Swapper finds that coveted match between game mechanic and theme to create a cunning and complex journey in logic and atmosphere. ~ Indie-Game-Freak