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Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

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  • Summary: Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is an anti-adventure game about picking up trash in an alien bazaar. Play as the Janitor, an Alaensee girlbeast with a municipally-subsidized trash incineration job and dreams of leaving the planet of Xabran's Rock far behind her.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. CD-Action
    Mar 6, 2017
    85
    A huge, lively space bazaar is overwhelming at first, but you tame it little by little and get into a bitter-sweet routine. It’s a lesson in accepting permanent destitution, limiting your ambitions, and enjoying small things. If you’re after a breathtaking story, you’ll be disappointed – as opposed to those who take pleasure in constant exploration and have a knack for trading. [03/2017, p.68]
  2. Oct 27, 2016
    80
    It’s a strange, retro-styled beauty that needs to be played to be experienced.
  3. Nov 2, 2016
    80
    I fell in love with my little blue poor janitor in her small alien world. I don’t know if the game started its life as something of a jest against usual gaming trends but it has turned into a poignant metaphor of today’s world, like how it feels to be struggling, different or alien to your surroundings. I must warn you though, this game is not for everyone and certainly not for those who only seek their thrills from the latest big-budget extravaganza. Or is it? Maybe a modest but honest game like Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor can help to see these strange new worlds beyond AAA-games.
  4. Sep 29, 2016
    78
    By bridging the gap between our daily struggles and the daydreams that surround them, it suggests that the one space we truly own is our imagination. There is a certain beauty hidden in that sentiment; that it is the fantastic, the surreal, the strange, that might liberate us.
  5. Oct 6, 2016
    78
    Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is a hallucinogenic merry-go-round of oddities operating at dangerous speeds. Some passengers will be bored to tears at its perceived mundanity while others will find themselves charmed by its stylish construction and otherworldly performance. A select few may be eaten by the ride. In any case, riders will find their expectations carefully challenged.
  6. Games Master UK
    Dec 4, 2016
    52
    One for virtual tourists only. [Dec 2016, p.83]
  7. Oct 13, 2016
    50
    Repetitive routine of a space cleaner that tries to be interesting with its focus on continuous stereotype. Initial enthusiasm quickly fades, leaving only mindless attempt at social commentary.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Mar 4, 2017
    9
    This game is beautiful. If you're looking for an experience where you can just jump into a creative world and live in it - this is it. TheThis game is beautiful. If you're looking for an experience where you can just jump into a creative world and live in it - this is it. The city is odd and dense, the inhabitants create a sense of business, and the skull floating your shoulder becomes a constant reminder that it takes effort to escape the ordinary.

    There are very little graphical "bugs", screen bending is a condition that requires curing, and the flickering on posters is a part of the game's atmosphere. The stalls are expensive because they're catered not to you - an ordinary janitor - but to the great and brave adventurers who you would one day hope to be.

    Your first step to adventure begins in the city's sewers, part of a large interconnected network of ancient dungeons, where you find your skull friend. After that, the game becomes a cure to rid yourself of the skull - while also managing the daily necessities of work and life.

    Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is by no means for everyone. For some, it's a nice place to escape to. Some enjoy the experience. Others find meaning in the strange gender-bending, trash-hording, sewer-crawling aspects of the game. For me, it's something new, and it's brave in what it does. You can get lost in this game. Whether you try to rid of the skull that haunts you, or simply life your life in hopes of making a more decent living, is all up to you. It's a bit analogous to reality in that way. Whenever I find myself playing this game, I can't help but feel a bit inspired.
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  2. Jul 17, 2017
    7
    If you’re the type of person who likes bizarre and different indie games and doesn’t mind getting lost or meter management, Diaries of aIf you’re the type of person who likes bizarre and different indie games and doesn’t mind getting lost or meter management, Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is one you should definitely look into. Expand
  3. Sep 26, 2016
    4
    The game has a bunch of really weird graphical bugs with characters flashing in and out and the screen bending in weird ways. In a recentThe game has a bunch of really weird graphical bugs with characters flashing in and out and the screen bending in weird ways. In a recent update they released BASIC unity options (why isn't this game early access)

    I got a good way into the game. Everything in the stalls is still way too expensive for me to use but I'm not sure if I will ever get to use those items because I ran into a game breaking bug that deleted all my inventory items.

    Everything about this game feels unstable. That helps, but because of it I don't want to get another 5 hours in and just lose all my progress again. 5 more hours of this same gameplay loop doesn't sound that interesting to me. There's not as much to customize about your character or environment as there are in Harvest Moon or Stardew Valley. Even though you can change your gender on a whim all it becomes is just another resource with some goofy flavor text that goes along with it.

    It's in Unity so maybe mods could save this game or maybe it will get better with future updates. But as the game is upon release I can't recommend it.
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