[Beyond PlayStation] Swim Out Review

by Tracey

Swim Out is a fun minimalist swimming puzzle game that is very laidback and relaxing. Learn more about this one in our Swim Out review!

Swim Out is a very addictive puzzler on Nintendo Switch in which you are tasked with, as the name suggests, swimming out of the pool. You will need to get from point A to point B while avoiding other people (and later on, animals) on each of the pools you will visit. Things start off very easy, but as you progress through the game, you will need to face swimmers with more complicated patterns as well as extra hazards that will put your skills to the test.

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The game is played in a turn-based fashion, so with every move you make the AI swimmers and animals will also move a turn in over the square grid of the swimming pool you’re in. This does mean you will need to do a lot of planning to realize where each swimmer, animal or hazard is moving to so that you can avoid hitting any. There are also power-ups to help you, one of which is the ability to freeze other swimmers for a limited number of turns, being able to swim two spaces per turn, lifesavers that make a swimmer skip a turn, and more.

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The game looks great and it offers a variety of shapes and sizes for the pools you will need to get out of, and the variety of swimmers and later on animals will help to keep your attention until the final puzzle. You will spend a lot of time in the same type of location until you move to something a bit sunnier and sandy, so be ready!

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Swim Out is a fun puzzle game with a minimalist art style that is easy to recommend. There’s a lot of content to enjoy in this one, and the game’s look, and the way background noise makes you feel as if you were actually in a public pool, will help to keep you focused in each of the multi-part puzzles you’ll need to solve. The game was very entertaining, and I definitely want to see what the team can do with a potential sequel that builds on the formula, perhaps adding even more varied locations, more hazards and power-ups and, who knows, maybe even a multiplayer mode!

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This Swim Out review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Lozange Labs.

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