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[Beyond PlayStation] Swaps and Traps Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Swaps and Traps Review
  • On January 3, 2020

Swaps and Traps is a challenging budget puzzle platformer from Drageus Games on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Swaps and Traps review!


For Swaps and Traps, you will take control of Mike, hence the big M on his orange shirt. He’s out on a mission to capture the hat of Divider, his nemesis. The hat is very peculiar in that it changes the arrangement of each area. Because of this, as you can tell from the game’s trailer in this Swaps and Traps review, the main gameplay mechanic has you taking different sections of each level and swapping those pieces around to try and complete that stage. You will need to collect the cursed keys as you try to overcome the different hazards in each location.

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You will control Mike with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the A button. You must collect a key to open the portal that will lead you to the next stage, but to do this, you will need to avoid the deadly spikes, spinning buzzsaws, and other hazards on your path. Every level is a single screen, but once some spots have been shuffled out of their spot, it will feel as if you were going through several screens with a single jump. You’re going to die a lot in Swaps and Traps as you find the right path to take towards the exit portal once you’ve collected the key, but it’s all part of the process. And once there’s more than one key to collect in a stage, or when pieces start to be flipped and rotated, that is when you’ll feel the burn.


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Once you’ve completed a level, you will get to see how long it took you to finish it. Sure, you could take a look at the timer on the upper left corner of the screen to see how fast you’re going, but that means taking your eyes off the rest of the screen where all the action is taking place. Plus, the numbers for the timer are very small if you’re playing the game in Portable or Tabletop mode – or if you’re playing it on a Nintendo Switch Lite. After completing a stage, you will also immediately see how good of a performance you had compared to players from all over the world.

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Swaps and Traps has more than 100 levels to offer, split into three worlds: Let’s Jungle, Night Watch, and Divider’s Den. If you think that the regular levels for Swaps and Traps are too easy, then you can dive into the available bonus levels, which will ramp up the difficulty considerably. You will also get a chance to unlock more than 100 in-game achievements, with objectives such as completing 10, 25, 50, 75, and all levels, completing each of the boss fights, finishing each of the challenging bonus levels, collecting a ton of keys, dying a ton by way of spikes, and more.

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Swaps and Traps is a fun and challenging 2D puzzle platformer that stands out on Nintendo’s console since there’s nothing like it available on the Nintendo eshop or at retail. The game is out on Nintendo Switch for only $8.99, and you’re definitely getting several hours of fun out of this one, particularly if you’re the type of gamer that likes to 100% a game since you’ll need to unlock every single in-game achievement as you, perhaps, also aim at lowering your overall completion time for a stage or two here and there.

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This Swaps and Traps review is base don a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Drageus Games.

Review Overview

Challenging 2D platformer with an interesting gameplay twist