Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. INVEN
    Sep 23, 2022
    71
    Showing a different approach from the existing action games, Serial Cleaners is a fun game filled with artistic visuals seem to be inspired by postmodernism and street art. However, the slow tempo compared to previous work and dumb Police AI are reducing the tension of 'infiltration'. Also, can't expect the replayability due to the lack of challenge mode.
  2. Oct 4, 2022
    70
    Serial Cleaners is a fun top-down stealth game that will test your patience and sense of timing. Who would have thought vacuuming the floor would be so fun?
  3. 70
    Serial Cleaners has taken the monotonous act of cleaning and spun it on its head by placing it in a gritty criminal world with characters that are eccentric and passionate about getting the job done. Though the gameplay can be repetitive and the dialogue may make you wince, the location art and the special abilities of each character makes up for the lack of “action” in this “action crime” game. Instead, the elements of dead bodies, shining pools of blood, and the game’s dark colour palette brings the excitement as you clean up the carnage other games would usually have you create.
  4. Sep 28, 2022
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. Sep 26, 2022
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Sep 23, 2022
    70
    It's hard to find much fun in Serial Cleaners. Although its gameplay is creative, the actual effect is not gratifying: there is more negative feedback than positive, which constantly consumes players' patience. Although the four protagonists have their characteristics, they have never really completed a mission together, and many plot highlights in the game have been wasted in vain.
  7. Sep 23, 2022
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  8. Sep 23, 2022
    70
    Serial Cleaners, with its intriguing mood, feels like a Tarantino's movie. Unfortunately, it could have done better on AI, because you don't actually feel that something is at stake, when you face dumb enemies that wouldn't even notice a missing corpse.
  9. Sep 21, 2022
    70
    As a stealth-action experience, Serial Cleaners is most certainly a breath of fresh air, continuing to build on the foundations set by the series’ first outing in 2017. Between the added uniqueness of the rest of the crew, the diverse and interesting level designs, the non-linear story with freedom of choice, and just good old cleaning action to be had, Serial Cleaners is everything you would want in a sequel; just be wary that some polishing is still needed for the perfect finish.
  10. Sep 21, 2022
    70
    Although its stealth systems can feel a little too forgiving and easy to work around, Serial Cleaners’ grungey story is still one well-worth going through thanks to its likeable cast, sense of style, varied levels, and satisfying core mechanics that manage to stay fresh throughout the adventure.
  11. Sep 22, 2022
    68
    Unfortunately, Serial Cleaners is not as striking as its predecessor: the adventures of Mr. Bob and his company of Cleaners attract the player more with a deep story and narrative branches to discover, all with a pleasant jazz accompaniment and a peculiar aesthetic rendering but from the fluctuating effectiveness. The simple and arcade gameplay is ideal for those who want to approach stealth and better frame the genre, and it is satisfying overall. Artificial intelligence is the Achilles' heel of the entire experience and its shortcomings have not allowed the potential of the playful offer to be fully expressed. If we add to this the lack of replayability, the criticalities of the product become even more evident.
  12. Sep 29, 2022
    65
    Serial Cleaners is a clever story about mob’s crime scene cleaners, unfortunately spoiled with a couple of annoying flaws, e.g. an irritating save system or the tendency to waste your time by making you wait for something idly. Overall, it probably won’t wow you, but is quite engaging and has a distinct, enjoyable atmosphere backed by an excellent soundtrack.
  13. Oct 2, 2022
    60
    Serial Cleaners abandons the arcade style of the first chapter to embrace a more dense narrative, but without really updating the gameplay the result is not up to par.
  14. Sep 22, 2022
    60
    Serial Cleaners is a game full of fascinating ideas, but sadly it’s a flawed gem. Still, it should be applauded for taking big swings and presenting things in a way that’s simple to understand. Serial Cleaners has some significant mechanical complexity but presents it so cleanly anyone can pick it up without breaking a sweat. Unfortunately, along the way it seems to have lost the sense of tension that’s essential for a good stealth game.
  15. Sep 21, 2022
    50
    Serial Cleaners' main problem is that it's kind of a wasted opportunity. There's room for a game like this on the market, and it's stylishly presented enough that it could easily garner an audience of obsessive stealth-loving cleaners. It just doesn't achieve the necessary tension to make it a compelling stealth game and its mechanics are too open to abuse to reward careful play and smart decisions. As a result, the potential thrill that it could have been is lost.
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  1. Sep 29, 2022
    Serial Cleaners makes a mess that it can’t clean by trying to shove too many poorly implemented mechanics to a franchise whose first title succeeded because of its simplicity and naive yet humorous artistic style. [Not recommended]
  2. Serial Cleaners has a relatively quick runtime, made up of a few chapters that conclude things before it outstays its welcome. While an array of cleaners and strong level design can't quite turn the game into a devour-in-one-sitting affair, it's still a burst of stressful fun and an anecdote generator if you're either a chaotic cleaner or more methodical with the hoover.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Sep 24, 2022
    8
    Good-
    Excellent style; Unique premise; Fun story and characters.
    Bad- Clunky controls on keyboard and mouse. Thoughts- Overall,
    Good-
    Excellent style; Unique premise; Fun story and characters.

    Bad-
    Clunky controls on keyboard and mouse.

    Thoughts-
    Overall, Serial Cleaners is a pretty good time. It’s not a particularly long game, but it’s definitely one that rewards repeated playthroughs thanks to its surprising level of interactivity. Its story’s also pretty fun, and you will likely end up getting surprisingly attached to the four protagonists by the end of the game. I, however, find myself strangely attracted to the game thanks to its unique use of a setting we’ve taken for granted these days. Couple that with the interesting subject matter, and a great use of aesthetics to evoke a certain style, and Serial Cleaners definitely becomes a game to look out for. We play all sorts of gangsters and hitmen, so why not take a small break from committing murders to maybe look at the difficult job of cleaning up after murders for a change?
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  2. Sep 28, 2022
    10
    Superb game, nice animations, nice music and character, interesting plot. One of best indie games I have played this year