Swap is likely to be a pure dwelling to platformers however exterior of 2018’s glorious Runner3, and the less-excellent Bubsy: Paws On Hearth!, we’ve seen little of the runner sub-genre. Concentrating on the canine lovers, Double Pug Swap from The Polygon Loft seeks to fill that area of interest. Bringing us a difficult platformer, you play as Otis, cute pug companion to the Professor. After a lab accident causes a portal to open, Otis will get sucked into another dimension alongside Whiskers, the Professor’s cat. Discovering himself empowered, Whiskers needs to take away canine from existence, looking for a cat-only dimension and renaming himself Lord Sker.
Solely you’ll be able to cease him and this marketing campaign comes with 40 ranges, evenly divided between 5 worlds that finish (predictably) with a Lord Sker boss struggle, which solely entails dodging his assaults. As you’d count on from a runner, Otis runs robotically as soon as the extent begins and received’t cease till you attain the top. Your solely enter is to leap and shift dimension, permitting him to keep away from traps or entry sure platforms. It’s a fundamental idea however for a smaller sport, it does the job. For added selection, some ranges additionally supply powerups, like bounce pads to make bigger jumps, or the flexibility to shrink Otis to suit by way of tiny gaps.
Should you run by way of a stage completely, they are often accomplished shortly, however likelihood is that you just received’t succeed with out dying a number of instances. There’s a number of trial and error right here, so in the event you hit a wall, fall right into a bottomless pit or contact a spike, that’s sport over, sending you again to the final checkpoint. Platforming feels very exact, nearly frustratingly so in some situations, so one misstep can reset your progress. Errors are simple to make and repeated deaths over a slight miscalculation does change into grating.
That stated, finishing a troublesome part is undeniably satisfying and although dimension swapping isn’t notably distinctive (Hey Dimension Drive), it proved compelling sufficient to stay with. Double Pug Swap isn’t the longest sport however provides replayability by way of collectable cash in every stage. Gold cash are generously scattered however purple cash can solely be caught upon finishing tough units of obstacles. Each currencies can be utilized to purchase beauty headwears for Otis, starting from VR headsets to cowboy hats, letting you costume him up as you please.
Double Pug Swap is likely to be irritating at instances however there’s nonetheless an fulfilling expertise right here. Bringing us enjoyable however fundamental gameplay, it introduces one among gaming’s extra cute protagonists in a light-hearted journey, although it received’t supply platforming followers something notably ground-breaking. With its cheaper price level, there isn’t a lot threat right here in the event you’re a fan of runners and, as such, it comes with a cautious suggestion.