This week I teamed up with some other Leviathyn writers to share our thoughts on the latest Humble Indie Bundle games. Of course, I chose to talk about my favorite game of 2013, The Swapper.
“The Swapper is the sort of game that I don’t spill any details on when recommending it to a friend. It’s the sort of experience I want people to go into mostly blind, free to immerse themselves in what it does and what it has to say without expectation. But I will say this of The Swapper: it was my favorite game of 2013, and it’s one of my favorite games of all time. It’s an atmospheric puzzle-platformer with a gorgeous clay-model aesthetic, but what sets it apart for me is just how beautifully it’s mechanics support it’s narrative. It’s a story about identity and consciousness and the gameplay matches it perfectly. The Swapper is one of the best examples for how to design a game to express ideas through both the story and the play. The Swapper is gaming at its best; don’t miss it.”
So click here to read me gushing over The Swapper some more, and also check out what Fergus Halliday, Aaron Randolph, and Daniel Mellman had to say about Guacamelee, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Antichamber, and Monaco. Also, you can follow me on Twitter to find out which day of the week I dislike the most (hint: it’s Thursday).