Serial Cleaners is a stylized, ’90s-inspired top-down action-stealth game developed by Draw Distance and published by 505 Games. This is the second game in the series and follows the four protagonists, Bob C. Leaner, Psycho, Lati, and Vip3r, four cleaners tasked with cleaning up the grisly messes left in the mafia’s wake.
Let’s start with one of the main strengths of Serial Cleaners and that’s the entire presentation of the game. The art style here is much improved from the previous game. The game uses an over-the-top perspective with kind of a gritty, ’90s-ish art style and color pallet. It’s kind of hard to explain, but it does look so much better. The way it’s done adds so much character to the game where you do get that feeling that being a cleaner isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. In the audio department, the game fairs well here too with a really good soundtrack and full voice acting.
In terms of gameplay, the stealth aspect of the Serial Cleaners is really interesting. I’m a fan of stealth games and this one does things a bit differently. You technically play as bad guys here and must avoid the police while doing your job. That job is to scrub a crime scene of all evidence such as blood trails, bodies, and evidence. You need to do this without being spotted, which will require you to hide, distract the police, and more depending on the character you use. Each of the four characters has their own unique skillset that you’ll need to make use of if you plan to complete each mission unspotted.
There does seem to be a bit of trial and error though with your first few games since you do need to get the hand of what’s going on and how to successfully complete a cleaner job. I do like that there seem to be different ways to complete a mission meaning that there’s no real set way you need to go about them. Just complete the objectives any way you can and you’re good.
I would say that overall, Serial Cleaners is a really interesting game. I really love the art style here and the story seems interesting enough. The gameplay too is paced nicely and while it can be slow going at times, your patience pays off in the end. There is a lot of fun to be had with Serial Cleaners and it’s unique enough I think for it to be memorable.
Serial Cleaners is now available on PlayStation 4|5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam.
Disclaimer: Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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