History VideoGame / TheSwapper

4th Dec '17 1:05:24 PM Cryoclaste
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** Also several to {{Metroid}}: the map, door, space setting, and character design are all nearly identical. Moreover, there are two characters who are living brains and [[spoiler: [[SamusIsAGirl the protagonist is female under her helmet.]]]]

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** Also several to {{Metroid}}: ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'': the map, door, space setting, and character design are all nearly identical. Moreover, there are two characters who are living brains and [[spoiler: [[SamusIsAGirl the protagonist is female under her helmet.]]]]
2nd Dec '17 11:24:51 PM theknack101
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** Their immortality is so complete that they can't even comprehend the concept of death. When [[spoiler:the humans that started being able to communicate with the Watchers start dying, the Watchers are confused and scared that voices are starting to disappear, and one of the endings has the concept of death being explained to them.]]
12th Sep '17 4:42:14 PM Joylock
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* CloningBlues: Heavily discussed to a disturbing effect.

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* CloningBlues: Heavily discussed to a disturbing effect. The game brings up the same questions about continuity of memory vs. true continuity of consciousness as ''VideoGame/{{Soma}}'', with it being left ambiguous as to which one the Swapper actually does (with the possibility that it is simply the former, as Dennett believes, being one of the game's key sources of horror.)
28th Jul '17 10:04:36 AM PinkCelebi
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** Once you get all 124 orbs and head to the bridge, [[spoiler: every Watcher in the station changes it's dialogue after the Astronaut, Chalmers and Dennett merge with the Head Watcher.]]

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** Once you get all 124 orbs and head to the bridge, [[spoiler: every Watcher in the station changes it's its dialogue after the Astronaut, Chalmers and Dennett merge with the Head Watcher.]]
16th Feb '17 7:36:44 PM Sullytofu
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* AntiVillain: The Watchers are friendly, cheerful and inquisitive. In fact, the only reason they're antagonists at all is because [[spoiler: they emit a kind of natural radiation/poison in the air that kills humans if they've been removed from their spots on the planets surface.]]


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* DevelopersForesight: Heading to command before disengaging the three solar panels allows you to bump into the other astronaut as they work on landing the ship.
** Once you get all 124 orbs and head to the bridge, [[spoiler: every Watcher in the station changes it's dialogue after the Astronaut, Chalmers and Dennett merge with the Head Watcher.]]
27th Jul '15 3:31:42 AM StClair
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''The Swapper'' is a puzzle platformer created by indie developer Facepalm Studios, in which the player is an unnamed astronaut who must explore the wreckage of the space station Theseus by manipulating a cloning device called The Swapper, that not only can create clones of yourself, but can "swap" your consciousness into the clones you created.

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''The Swapper'' is a puzzle platformer created by indie developer Facepalm Studios, in which the player is an unnamed astronaut who must explore the wreckage of the space station Theseus ''Theseus'' by manipulating a cloning device called The Swapper, that not only can create clones of yourself, but can "swap" your consciousness into the clones you created.



* AlphaBitch: Dennett, who refuses to believe the Swapper can switch and transfer souls and [[spoiler:who forcibly keeps trying to take control of The Scavenger]].

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* AlphaBitch: Dennett, who refuses to believe the Swapper can switch and transfer souls and [[spoiler:who forcibly keeps trying to take control of The Scavenger]].



* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: The clones you make will die, whether it's by falling a great height, getting crushed by doors, or passing through a beam a white light that erases all clones in the room.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: In the end the rescue team decides to abandon the main character because she is TouchedByVorlons and swiftly dying, leaving her with two brutal options, to commit suicide or steal the body of a rescue worker and leave her old body to die.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Both of them. The player character either commits suicide or steals a rescuer's body. The consequences of the latter are unexplored, but based on the other rescuers' dialogue, they're likely to be severe. Regardless of which option you choose, the only Theseus survivors are left in an ambiguous level of survival that may or may not be positive from their perspective.]]

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* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: The clones you make will ''will'' die, whether it's by falling a great height, getting crushed by doors, or passing through a beam a of white light that erases all clones in the room.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: In the end end, the rescue team decides to abandon the main character because she is TouchedByVorlons and swiftly dying, leaving her with two brutal options, to commit suicide or steal the body of a rescue worker and leave her old body to die.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Both of them. The player character either commits suicide or steals a rescuer's body. The consequences of the latter are unexplored, but based on the other rescuers' dialogue, they're likely to be severe. Regardless of which option you choose, the only Theseus ''Theseus'' survivors are left in an ambiguous level of survival that may or may not be positive from their perspective.]]



* FriendlyEnemy: The Watchers dialog is sweet and friendly. Their nature is [[spoiler: so separate from the physical world that they spend their time struggling to understand basic physics such as physical matter and space. They have no idea they killed the population of the ship because they ''don't know what death is.'']]

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* FriendlyEnemy: The Watchers Watchers' dialog is sweet and friendly. Their nature is [[spoiler: so separate from the physical world that they spend their time struggling to understand basic physics such as physical matter and space. They have no idea they killed the population of the ship because they ''don't know what death is.'']]



* RedOniBlueOni: The nature of The Swapper and The Watcher has put Dennett and Chalmers at each other's throats about the nature of each, and [[OurSoulsAreDifferent the idea of the human consciousness]] for some time. Dennett is TheSpock, scoffing at the idea of a Soul, while Chalmers is more idealist, believing "a soul is not just a brain." [[spoiler: And they've been at it for over a century.]]

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* RedOniBlueOni: The nature of The Swapper and The Watcher Watchers has put Dennett and Chalmers at each other's throats about the nature of each, and [[OurSoulsAreDifferent the idea of the human consciousness]] for some time. Dennett is TheSpock, scoffing at the idea of a Soul, while Chalmers is more idealist, believing "a soul is not just a brain." [[spoiler: And they've been at it for over a century.]]



* ShoutOut: To real life philosophers Daniel Dennett and David Chalmers.

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* ShoutOut: To real life philosophers Daniel Dennett and David Chalmers. And [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus the Ship of Theseus]] is a famous philosophy problem: if you replace pieces of a thing, one by one, when (if ever) does it cease to be the thing you started with?



* YourDaysAreNumbered: According to the console logs, the entire staff of Theseus start hearing the thoughts of The Watchers and realize too late that [[spoiler:listening to a Watcher will soon result in death. More unfortunately, the protagonist was listening to them the entire time, sealing the protagonist's fate.]]

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* YourDaysAreNumbered: According to the console logs, the entire staff of Theseus ''Theseus'' start hearing the thoughts of The Watchers and realize too late that [[spoiler:listening to a Watcher will soon result in death. More unfortunately, the protagonist was listening to them the entire time, sealing the protagonist's fate.]]
23rd Mar '15 4:24:59 PM snowyowl0
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* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Heavily discussed and debated between Dr. Chalmers and Dr. Dennett.

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* OnceMoreWithClarity: Near the beginning, you hear [[NewhartPhonecall one side of a conversation]] over your radio: "What you're telling me isn't possible. ''<muffled speech>'' Tell me [[PlayerCharacter who]] I just ejected into space." Much later, you find the security records, and get the complete message.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Heavily discussed and debated between Dr. Chalmers and Dr. Dennett.
21st Mar '15 1:26:33 PM RevDave
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->''You have the same choice we did.\\
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You can die here, or you can do what you have to, to go on.''
20th Jan '15 10:27:48 AM Speedball
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** [[spoiler: One of the minds in the Scavenger's body appears to attempt this with a giant set of gears, but presumably one of the others stops her.]]

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** [[spoiler: One of the minds in the Scavenger's body appears to attempt this with a giant set of gears, but presumably one of the others stops her.her (the lights go out, but we see the screen static that indicates a personality shift.) Most likely it was the Scavenger herself attempting suicide after being driven nuts by the other two voices in her head; and in the end she's the one who pulls the trigger on the swapper to put them into the Head Watcher out of desperation.]]
17th Jan '15 11:13:46 PM Antwan
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* AlphaBitch: Dennett.

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* AlphaBitch: Dennett.Dennett, who refuses to believe the Swapper can switch and transfer souls and [[spoiler:who forcibly keeps trying to take control of The Scavenger]].



* CompleteImmortality: The Watchers.
* CosmicHorrorStory
* DeadpanSnarker: Dennett.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: In the end the rescue team decides to abandon the main character because she is TouchedByVorlons and swiftly dying, leaving her with two brutal options, to committ suicide or steal the body of a rescue worker and leave her old body to die.]]

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* CompleteImmortality: The Watchers.
Watchers are hypothesized to have lived much, much longer than humans.
* CosmicHorrorStory
CosmicHorrorStory: You're stranded on a space station that seems to be completely deserted and full of strange alien rocks; it's your mission to find out why.
* DeadpanSnarker: Dennett.
Dennett, especially against Chalmers as the two fight over ethics, souls, and science.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist
DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: The clones you make will die, whether it's by falling a great height, getting crushed by doors, or passing through a beam a white light that erases all clones in the room.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: In the end the rescue team decides to abandon the main character because she is TouchedByVorlons and swiftly dying, leaving her with two brutal options, to committ commit suicide or steal the body of a rescue worker and leave her old body to die.]]



* ExpendableClone

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* ExpendableCloneExpendableClone: Some puzzles even force you to kill clones to advance. There's no avoiding it.



* HiveMind: The Watchers.

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* HiveMind: The Watchers.Watchers, which they refer to as a "great chain".



* {{Metroidvania}}

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* {{Metroidvania}}{{Metroidvania}}: The game allows the player to explore the space station fully and collect orbs to power up consoles to unlock new areas, all in a 2D space environment with large doors and elevator lifts.



** Also several to {{Metroid}}: the map, door, and character design are all nearly identical, not to mention the setting, there are two characters who are living brains, and [[spoiler: [[SamusIsAGirl the protagonist is female under her helmet.]]]]
* SilentProtagonist

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** Also several to {{Metroid}}: the map, door, space setting, and character design are all nearly identical, not to mention the setting, identical. Moreover, there are two characters who are living brains, brains and [[spoiler: [[SamusIsAGirl the protagonist is female under her helmet.]]]]
* SilentProtagonistSilentProtagonist: Why the protagonist doesn't speak is a mystery, but it is suggested that [[spoiler:since swapping causes memory loss, the protagonist (who is a clone) may not have anything useful to say because of her wiped mind.]]



* YourDaysAreNumbered

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* YourDaysAreNumberedYourDaysAreNumbered: According to the console logs, the entire staff of Theseus start hearing the thoughts of The Watchers and realize too late that [[spoiler:listening to a Watcher will soon result in death. More unfortunately, the protagonist was listening to them the entire time, sealing the protagonist's fate.]]
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