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The Unfinished Swan
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Release Date (US):
October 23rd, 2012
Release Date (UK):
October 24th, 2012
Online Players:
Giant Sparrow
RP [Rating Pending]
PSU Rank:
0 of 1166 Games
PSU Rank on PS3:
0 of 0 Games
Additional Information:
Exclusive to PlayStation 3.

About The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan is a video game developed by Giant Sparrow for the PlayStation 3 and which is distributed on the PlayStation Network. The game starts with a completely white space in which the player, a boy named Monroe, is chasing after a swan that has escaped a painting. Equipped with a paint gun using the first-person perspective the world can be painted black, thereby revealing the geometry of the world for you to navigate.



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The Unfinished Swan is a fairy tale told beautifully through the cooperative effort of the game's graphics, sound, and intuitive gameplay. Polished beyond belief, its hard to believe that this Picasso is going for a PSN price.

We like

  • Beautiful presentation that actually serves as a gameplay element
  • Game mechanics constantly evolve until the game ends
  • A moving story, with interesting characters set in a unique world

We dislike

  • The short life-span
  • While entertaining, none of the puzzles required much thinking

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Unlike one famous and respected film critic, we believe video games can be art. This year's PlayStation Network release, Journey, is a prime example. Giant Sparrow, a twelve-person video game company based in Santa Monica, CA has added a title to the list of masterpieces in our favorite medium. The Unfinished Swan is a beautiful game, and it's clear that plenty of hard work and a lot of heart have gone into this beautiful stor...

The Unfinished Swan News

  • The Unfinished Swan dev staffing up for new title

    The team behind PlayStation 3-exclusive Indie hit The Unfinished Swan has started hiring for a new, as-yet unannounced project. Giant Sparrow has posted job openings (via GamingBolt) for a Lead Artist and Game Designer, with the former requiring experience in 3D modeling, texturing, lightning and...

  • First concept art from The Unfinished Swan dev's new game; could be called 'Edith Finch'

    Giant Sparrow is, ironically, a very small studio. The indie team out of USC's game design program is embroiled in a three-game contract with Sony that kicked off with last year's artistic wonder, The Unfinished Swan. Mere months later, we've got first details on Giant Sparrow's next game. The info...

  • Feast your eyes on The Unfinished Swan launch trailer

    The Unfinished Swan will be available for download today off the PlayStation Store. The game follows Monroe, a young boy tasked with catching an escaped swan from a painting. Armed with a black paint gun he must reveal the geometry of the world and navigate a completely white space in order to f...

  • The Unfinished Swan release date announced

    Giant Sparrow and Sony have announced that artsy PlayStation Network title The Unfinished Swan will be released on October 24. PlayStation Plus subscribers won’t have to wait quite as long as that though, as it’ll be out for members on October 17. The game will set you back £9.9...

  • The Unfinished Swan PAX Prime 2012 trailer

    Those of you who lapped up artsy PlayStation Network titles such as Journey and Flower are sure to appreciate The Unfinished Swan. Developed by Giant Sparrow, The Unfinished Swan is unique in its concept, which sees players controlling a young chap named Monroe, who finds himself in a bizarre whi...

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