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Swim Out Review
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Posted: 5 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Swim Out is a puzzle game like the popular Traffic Jam board game, where you need to get your swimmer to the exit of a busy swimming pool. As well as the different setting, this game extends the challenge as the other swimmers also move when you do.

Play involves choosing which direction your swimmer moves. Your goal in each pool is to get to the steps that let you get out. As you progress the pools get larger and more complex. Other swimmers move each time you do, which means you need to co-ordinate your movement with theirs.

There are special objects in the pool that offer new ways to solve the puzzle. Buoys, fins, water guns, and a kayak. For example you can raise a parasol to temporarily stun the other swimmers in an area.

There are 12 different types of swimmers you have to deal with, each with their own way of moving around, ranging from the simple breaststroke swimmers to the more complex divers or cheeky water-bombing kids. You also have disruptive elements that make life more difficult, like waves, crabs or jellyfish. For completionists there are secondary objectives: complete the levels without using an item, in less than a certain number of moves, grab all the stars in the pool and so on.

The result is an award winning puzzle game that is both tranquil and challenging. What starts a simple premise soon develops a surprising amount of depth.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2017

Platforms: Apple TV, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Lozange Lab (@Lozange_Lab)

Players: 1

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round of this game. To finish all the puzzles can take around 10 hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger children may need a little help on later levels. Because the puzzle is turn based they can take as much time as they need to choose each move.

CostsCosts

Swim Out usually costs £4.99 to £5.39.
 

Swim Out

XBox Store Xbox One £4.99
Switch Store Switch £5.39
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Swim Out Accessibility Report documents 20 accessibility features:
The game doesn't use words, and instead teaches you the basics by demonstrating. It aims to ease cognitive load by gradually introducing each new mechanic with an easy level before adding complexity. There is no time limit and the game is turn-based, so you have all the time you need to think about your next move.

You can play any level you want to from the start. Which means if you're stuck, you can move to another one.

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