History VideoGame / TheSwapper

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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1st Jan '15 1:25:47 PM Speedball
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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: The doctors and the original scavenger, all in one body, use the Swapper one final time to force themselves into the Head Watcher to see if they can "force" him to stop killing them. All it does is make them part of the Watcher HiveMind, and therefore, they become Watchers themselves. Whether they are content with this, or if its a FateWorseThanDeath, is unknown.]]

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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: The doctors and the original scavenger, all in one body, use the Swapper one final time to force themselves into the Head Watcher to see if they can "force" him to stop killing them. All it does is make them part of the Watcher HiveMind, and therefore, they become Watchers themselves. Whether they are content with this, or if its a FateWorseThanDeath, is unknown.unclear, but the dialogue of all the watchers on the space station changes when this happens, to reflect the new minds inside them.]]
6th Dec '14 6:53:58 AM Schwagle
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* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist
19th Nov '14 5:30:02 PM Trogdor
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* [[spoiler: BrainInAJar: Dennett and Chalmers used the Swapper to force themselves into preserved brains in order to survive, trapped for over a century.]]

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* [[spoiler: BrainInAJar: Dennett [[spoiler:Dennett and Chalmers used the Swapper to force themselves into preserved brains in order to survive, trapped for over a century.]]



* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: 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.]]
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: In the ending where you choose to stay marooned on the planet, your only option is to jump to a massive bottomless pit to your death, listening to the Watchers' comments as they try to understand what death is and why you are attempting it.]]

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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Both [[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.]]
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: In [[spoiler:In the ending where you choose to stay marooned on the planet, your only option is to jump to a massive bottomless pit to your death, listening to the Watchers' comments as they try to understand what death is and why you are attempting it.]]



* [[spoiler: SamusIsAGirl: The player is the first clone of the female scavenger.]]

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* [[spoiler: SamusIsAGirl: The [[spoiler:The player is the first clone of the female scavenger.]]



* [[spoiler: YourDaysAreNumbered]]

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* [[spoiler: YourDaysAreNumbered]]YourDaysAreNumbered
19th Nov '14 5:28:03 PM Trogdor
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* HowUnscientific: Dennett cant stand the thought of the idea of a "soul" or that the Swapper "swaps souls about."

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* HowUnscientific: Dennett cant can't stand the thought of the idea of a "soul" or that the Swapper "swaps souls about."
11th Sep '14 7:46:55 AM Ile
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...Or can it? The device is not easily understood, and unravelling the mysteries behind it, and why the crew of the space station died are both one and the same goal, and not everything is as it seems.

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...Or can it? The device is not easily understood, and unravelling the mysteries behind it, it and why the crew of the space station died are both one and the same goal, and not everything is as it seems.
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