First Look: Swim Out

Swim Out is a relaxing puzzle game where you play as a swimmer trying to swim to the pool’s exit while avoiding other swimmers and pool-goers. I gave it a go and wanted to share my first impressions.

The basic mechanics are quite simple, as all you do is direct your swimmer where to swim while avoiding the obstacles. The challenge comes in with the puzzle aspect and having to maneuver around different kinds of swimmers. The progression in difficulty adds new elements to be aware of like jet streams and beachballs that you can use to aid you.

The game is very clean with it’s art and user experience. It’s very easy to use and has a simple charm to it. I really like the art style and it fits the game so well. The game does have music and background audio that I ended up turning off because, although it added to the atmosphere, it was distracting after a while.

There are quite a few platforms to play Swim Out on. I have played it on both mobile and the Switch and have also seen it available through Steam. So the ease at which it is to find and play is nice so you can play on your preferred platform.

Overall I enjoyed the little bit that I played of Swim Out. It is definitely a more casual game and one I’d play on my phone when I am bored or waiting for something. I wouldn’t invest a ton of energy or time into it, and I don’t think that is what the game wants you to do anyway.

Do you have any relaxing puzzle games you play? Share them with me in the comments!


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