Snot Bad At All: Swindler

This is my life with my current cold.

I have come to the conclusion that indie developers will never run out of cool new ways to meddle with platforming standards. The latest I’ve encountered is Swindler, from the pixel masters at Nitrome (check out why we rate them). Here you appear to play a blob of snot, who is able to let loose from his own ectoplasmic entity a long, stretchy green string, tied to a post at the top of a level, and then extended or contracted. However, rather than moving him about the world, you move the world about him.

So with your fixed point, you spin the level around such that he swings appropriately. Collect stars, find the treasure, and wrap yourself around the levels while avoiding spikes, killer slime, and flinging blobs of equally viscous goo.

And blimey, it’s hard. There’s no gentle levels after the very first, the game quickly demanding you be good at it to progress. It’s pretty brutal too, with tiny mistakes sending you back to the beginning of complex levels. It is, as ever, gorgeously animated with simply pixels offering remarkable detail – these guys know how to make games that will distract you from your work. Distract yourself from your work.


  1. jezcentral says:

    A snotty Zen Bound? Sold!

  2. Richie Shoemaker says:

    I have a really bad cold so I like to think I know about snot. This rappelling glob is not made of it. More like the stuff that’s used to stick DVDs to the front of magazines.

  3. Ian says:

    How many snot-based games are there?

    Only other one I can think of was Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure.

    Can’t remember if it was actually any good or if the bogey/belch/fart-based humour appealed to my younger self.

    • Lambchops says:

      Wasn’t there a rather cute puzzley one a few years back?

      Having asked myself that question I found it, it’s called “Gesundheit!” and seems to be an iOS game. must have just been an early version of it I remembered, probably found it on here. Shame it never made it to PC, it looks even cuter now it’s had a bit more work done!

    • Skabooga says:

      I recall a snot bungee-jumping level in Earthworm Jim, but I cannot think of an entire game.

    • Ruffian says:

      can’t remember whether boogerman was actually good or not but i remember it as a pretty standard platformer, gameplay-wise.

  4. InternetBatman says:

    I really, really hate Nitrome’s background. At least it isn’t orange anymore.

  5. Rik-the-Viking says:

    I didn’t know Nitrome made Tom Cruise-simulations these days!

  6. :ghiacciato says:

    Well, that’s another 60 minutes I just wasted. At least I enjoyed it!

  7. Bork Titflopsen says:

    That sound effect when you open the box… I’ve heard it somewhere before, not sure where.

    • Steve_0 says:

      The giggle / snicker? Reminded me of the sound worms make when leaving tnt or a mine next to someone. Or maybe it’s hedgewars…

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