[Beyond PlayStation] Swim Out Review
Swim Out from Lozange Labs is a minimalist puzzle game all about swimming from point A to point B. Learn more about it in our Swim Out review!
After showing you the main title screen for all of two seconds, Swim Out gets down to business and shows you the basics over a handful of stages. You can swim around with the left analog stick, moving your blue swimmer from the starting point to the ladder to exit the pool. You must avoid other swimmers in red whom move as you move, because if any of them touches you then you will need to restart the current puzzle.
On top of red swimmers you also need to avoid other people in red, such as a lady sitting on a side of the pool or another one floating around on your path – basically anything in red is bad. You can also use items to incapacitate swimmers, such as throwing a blue beachball on top of one to stun them for a few turns. Your swimmer can also be stunned if it’s hit by, say, a wave of water, so be careful!
You need to be aware of the types if swimmers you will run into, since some will move one square for every move you make, while others will take two strokes (that is, two turns) to move one block, and there are even some using floating board that will take up two spaces as they swim around. There are also sometimes people outside of a pool waiting to jump in, counting down the moves you make to dive in. And this is before you even run into the sea creatures that you will need to avoid!
Some stages will include extra objectives to complete such as securing one or more yellow stars before you exit the pool, finishing a stage within a certain move limit, or not being hit by a wave, and this definitely changes how you approach a particular puzzle since you need to be aware of all swimmers and hazards on your path if you want to 100% the game. You can, of course, decide to take on the different extra objectives during different runs of a stage which is great for the crazy stages that have three or four extra objectives.
Luckily, along with the aforementioned blue beach ball there are other blue items to aid you, such as a pair of flippers that allow you to swim two spaces per move, a net you need to use right after you grab it to stun red swimmers or even a water pistol you can use on opposing swimmers… but there are also items that make things a but harder such as a blue floating board or a long line of foam that make you take more space than usual or that also end up making you move differently.
There are 100 levels to complete in Swim Out which means you’ll be spending a handful of hours with the game before you have completed every single stage. Other than replaying stages in which you didn’t complete all extra objectives, once you’ve played all stages there isn’t much incentive to go back and do it all over again, which is usually the case for puzzle games such as this one.
Swim Out is a fun minimalist puzzle game that offers more than enough content to justify its asking price. If you’re a fan of the genre and like relaxing puzzles you can complete at your own pace, then I definitely recommend that you get Swim Out on Nintendo Switch today.
This Swim Out review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Lozange Labs.