When i'm searching for a new puzzle game, I tend to go for a mixture of challenging and tranquillising experiences. Swim out is one of those games. It's calm and relaxing, but can also be extremely challenging and frustrating. Developed by Lozange Lab, Swim Out is a colourful, picturesque puzzle game that takes place inside swimming pools. That alone is very unique, but is it a splashing good time ? Read on to find out.
Set from a top-down perspective, you take control of a blue costumed swimmer. The objective to each level is simple enough, requiring you to reach the opposite side of the pool. The catch is, your faced with various obstacles, and crossing paths with them will reset the level. Each pool is made up of grids, with each move acting as a turn. When you move, so do other obstacles. To begin with, levels start off simple enough, as you learn the turn-based formula. The opening levels begin with other synchronised swimmers, as you try to avoid their patterns.
Throughout the 8 worlds, there's a total of 100 stages to swim through. As you progress, new obstacles and abilities will come into play. Eventually, levels will see you avoiding kickboards, kayaks, crabs and more. There's also abilities, such as performing a splash of water, allowing you to stun other swimmers. Although the turn-based gameplay is very simplistic, new abilities and obstacles keep the game feeling fresh and interesting. There's also various challenges to complete throughout the levels. Perfecting a level varies from one to three objectives. This could be completing a level within a set amount of moves, not touching obstacles, or all of them together.
Swim out is a unique, challenging and relaxing puzzle game. For the price, anyone who enjoys challenging, but peaceful puzzle games should give this a go. You can have a splashing good time, but expect some very mind-blogging puzzles in the later stages.