Ever wanted to be a professional cleaner? I’m not talking about mincing around with a dust pan and brush with a set of Marigolds on. Or pirouetting around the living room spraying Febreze over long draping curtains. I’m talking about a job where you work for the Mafia and have to dispose of weapons, evidence, mopping up blood-stained corpses and cleaning up decapitated bodies. Sound like a job for you? Welcome to the grisly world of Serial Cleaner, a wacky, fast-paced stealth game that comes care of iFun4All and Curve Digital.
You’ll be tasked with cleaning, hiding from the cops and taking on contracts that come your way. Armed with your quick instincts and a Hoover, no job is too big or too small. Each contract starts in your home where you’ll be chilling, watching TV and enjoying a normal everyday life – that is until the phone rings and the Mafia give you your next assignment. Time to spring into action, grab that Vileda Easy Wringer and start mopping up for the Mafia.
The action is played out from a top down view point where you’re thrown into crime scenes and need to dispose of evidence of any wrong doings. The cops are nearby so it’s a case of sneaking past them and not alerting them of your presence. There’s a whole host of places to duck and hide, and you can re-emerge when the cops pass. If you are spotted by the boys in blue then each level is restarted but the bodies and evidence are randomly placed in different areas. This makes each run through a fresh and unexpected challenge. Each new contract has a new set of objectives you need to complete to finish the job.
Control-wise it’s all pretty straightforward. A click on the L2 trigger pans the screen out so you can see where everything is and more importantly where the cops are lurking. As you progress the maps become larger and the cops more frequent. They keep to a set path unless they are alerted by your presence or by your noisy Hoover. Once spotted they’ll bash you with a baton and it’s back to the start.
As well as the main contracts that unlock as you become an accomplished cleaner, there are extras to look out for too. You can unlock new funky outfits by collecting magazines and if you pick up film reels you’ll unlock movie-inspired Bonus contracts. But one of Serial Cleaners biggest draws has to be the 70’s inspired soundtrack and look. Large moustaches, huge sunglasses and tight pants – it’s a funky theme and this art style is first class, making Serial Cleaner one of iFun4All’s most fun releases. And just remember how much we enjoyed their Vita releases Red Game Without a Great Name and Green Game: Timeswapper.
With its different angle of cleaning up after a shootout instead of creating the mess, Serial Cleaner is a unique game. Although not offering too much variety in gameplay, there’s enough humour and style to keep you engaged. Get ready to head back to the 70’s, mop up after the mob and have a blast whilst doing so. Good dirty fun for all.
Lizard Rating 7.5/10
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