PC/Mac, PS4/Vita, Xbox, Switch •
You sneaky bugger.
At least, that’s what you should aim to be, and Nintendo Switch owners can work on their window-smashing, wall-sliding, robot-braining, loot-grabbing, computer-hacking antics with the fresh release of a modern classic. Dan Marshall’s The Swindle has arrived.
The Swindle has players roam a sort of Diamond Age prism of London, breaking into increasingly difficult facilities for cash and renown. Akin to Spelunky, it’s a roguelite platformer that rewards misadventure with permadeath, so while a veteran character might sport any number of upgrades after innumerable heists, there are no mulligans in The Swindle. Once the farm is bought, the player is rewarded with a fresh-faced replacement on the ground floor.
What separates The Swindle from its stablemate is that a lot of general unlocks remain thus in death, so the game isn’t quite as arduous after getting bludgeoned by robocoppers. Or falling into a Victorian spike trap. Or suffering any other number of dangerous Dickensian deathtraps.
It’s a great game, but an especially great one on a portable. While I can only — but very happily — attest to the Playstation Vita outing, it’s a safe bet the Switch version is top-notch. Treat yourself to someone else’s money.