Oh good, a game about housework. I vacuum bi-monthly and I’ve not picked up an iron since 1993. Luckily MOP: Operation Cleanup is more about environmental clean-up than spring cleaning. The world has become a horrid polluted hellhole. Radiation has turned the waters to poison and mutated everyday rubbish into fiendish monsters. Slip on those rubber marigolds and get ready to tidy up some serious trash. You might be just a simple robot, but you’re the only thing standing between our beautiful world and an apocalyptic trash pile.
MOP: Operation Cleanup is a runner/platformer. Your enthusiastic little robot is in perpetual top gear, running forwards in a single-minded cleaning frenzy. Your job is to guide him towards the trash to decontaminate every level. Each area will have various objectives including collecting all the trash or particular pieces of trash or killing the nasties. Because dear old MOP is on a rubbish clearing bender and lacks any brakes, he cannot stop, so you’ll have to spot the rubbish quickly if you’re not going to leave it behind. Pressing X will allow you to jump, double X will let you double jump, and when you get to a wall, continuous jumping will allow you to climb it. Encountering walls and objects are also very handy for some limited backtracking. MOP will bounce backwards, giving you a chance to re-position yourself or collect objects you may have missed.
This a fast-moving experience and the game mechanics support that in every way. It’s all about timing and knowing when you should jump or double jump or just mash X until you’ve either made it across the screen or drowned in a puddle of radioactive fluids (there’s a trophy for that). Smokers, coffee lovers and multitaskers rejoice because this is possibly the first PS4 game I’ve come across that you can truly play one-handed. This game is as difficult as you want to make it. You can rush through to finish each mission and unlock all the zones or you can take time to repeat missions to work on completing all your objectives and properly decontaminate each level. Each area generally only takes a few minutes to run through so if you’re looking for short bursts of play, you’re in the right place. If you’re a completionist, the objectives should grab you by the tickling stick and give your mantelpiece valuables a good dusting.
The cartoon graphics are clear, bright and fun, and very in-keeping with the game’s light-hearted feel. Although it can be tricky in places, MOP: Operation Cleanup isn’t a hardcore sort of game. Those of you with sprogs will be pleased to know this is a child-friendly game, and it’s good to see the PS4’s collection of games for younger players get a little larger.
There are sixteen trophies to collect, and you’ll probably pop the majority of the bronze ones in the first half hour. The silver ones will be a little more problematic as you’ll need 100% completion in each zone.
Perfect mechanics, colourful graphics and a decent little trophy list support a fast and surprisingly fun platformer/runner. Jump, bounce and leap your way to a cleaner environment and save the world from radiation. You’ll have to fight the kids for the PS4 controller first, though, unless you want to wait for the Vita version promised to release soon.
S J Hollis Rating – 7/10