It’s very rare for a videogame to be based around a mundane task that we usually all shirk from: cleaning up.
In the case of Serial Cleaner that’s available from today on Nintendo Switch, however, cleaning up is not quite the boring task that we’re used to.
Think of Serial Cleaner like a game running parallel to Hotline Miami. In Hotline Miami you’re heading into missions with the sole purpose of committing murder without a care in the world as to whether the blood will be a pain to get out of the carpets. You don’t even care if you leave any incriminating evidence lying around around. And then you have Serial Cleaner, a game in which you enter missions after murder has been committed and it’s up to you to clean everything up before the bobbies come and give you a good koshing. See, totally different games yet they both feel like they’re cut from the same cloth.
To do your job right you need to sneak around each crime scene like a ninja, avoiding the line of sight of any authoritative figures hanging around. You need to pick up any incriminating evidence, clean up any blood and then safely transport any bodies back to your vehicle before making a hasty escape. Or throw them into a crocodile-infested swamp if you have one close by – it’s up to you.
I reviewed Serial Cleaner when it came out on PC earlier this year, and I found it to be quite an enjoyable affair only hampered by its rather crushing difficulty. On Switch it’s pretty much exactly the same, for better or worse, but it’s still a unique title nonetheless. If you fancy a challenging stealth game on Switch, check it out. Priced at £11.99/$14.99 you get plenty of 70s themed fun for your money.