When it released last year, The Swapper was hailed by many as one of the best indie puzzle games to be released, perhaps in years. The unique puzzle mechanics, combined with its fantastic, Claymation art style and the sense of isolation, made it feel like something incredibly special. Now, as part of Sony’s Playstation Play promotion, the game has hit the Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita. How well does the port hold up, though, especially when the console version is twice as much as the PC iteration?
First off, it needs to be said that the game still looks amazing. The style holds up and looks fantastic on the PS4. The Swapper looks, maybe, even better in full 1080P on an HD TV.
That said, if you’ve already bought The Swapper on the PC, you’ll likely find that buying the Playstation iteration is probably not going to be worth it for you. First off, the game doesn’t add any new puzzles or change anything in the existing puzzles. You might be hoping for some kind of story extension, considering how well the story was handled in the PC version, but it too remains unchanged. Basically, if you’ve played the PC version, you’ve played this version.
However, the game does support cross-buy and features cross saves, so if you want to play this game on the go, you can play it on the PS4 and then take your game to the Vita. It’s a nice option for players who want to play The Swapper on their portable systems.
Needless to say, though, the core game is still fantastic. If you’ve not played The Swapper, it’s still worth the price of entry, despite it being $10 more on the PS4. However, if you’ve already played the PC version, you’ll likely not get much out of this version of the game.
For a full review of the original PC release of The Swapper, please re-visit our review here.