- Publisher: Square Enix
- Release Date: Jan 31, 2023
- Also On: PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
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Feb 24, 2023PowerWash Simulator is a relaxing game that brings out the cleanest in us. For anyone who carries their obsessive-compulsive inside, the game plunges us into a strange feeling of satisfaction when doing our job. It's a quiet game that will take us a long time to complete and that beyond that will make us feel like we're cleaning experts.
Feb 14, 2023Where we fall slightly out of love is with the fiddly controls. It packs a lot of useful functions onto the controller but it took us a while to figure it all out, and the tutorials are so minimal that some features barely register. It's also a shame the DualSense's capabilities are wholly ignored; this seems a perfect game for all its tricks. Even with any small reservations, though, we can't deny the game is just as engaging, relaxing, and enjoyable as everyone says.
Feb 6, 2023If you are the kind of person that can sit down and appreciate a job well done after finishing house chores, you just might find an enjoyable pastime in PowerWash Simulator. On the other hand, it's a game best enjoyed in short sessions, as spending hours on end on a single job can be rather tiresome. A cooperative mode would mitigate this situation, but the way it's been implemented is far from ideal, unfortunately.
Awards & Rankings
Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings
User score distribution:
Positive: 4 out of 13
Mixed: 1 out of 13
Negative: 8 out of 13
Feb 9, 2023Very satisfying and relaxing gameplay. Perfect for unwinding and listening to music or podcasts. When you get into the "flow" it can be aVery satisfying and relaxing gameplay. Perfect for unwinding and listening to music or podcasts. When you get into the "flow" it can be a downright meditative experience. The light narrative that persists through client messages is often humorous and is surprisingly mysterious.
The art style is a nice blend of stylized and realistic, and the physics of the water simulation works exactly as you'd expect it to in real life. There are a bunch of levels with a lot of character and variety. I also enjoy the variety of powerwashers and attachments, and there's even some cosmetic options for your character and equipment. My only gripe is that it can sometimes be frustrating to get that last 1% to finish a job. There are tools to help you find spots you've missed, but even with that it can still be tedious. I've also encountered frequent stuttering that seemed to get worse the more I played, but simply turning off auto-save fixed it completely. Hopefully that is something fixable with a patch.
Overall, if you're looking for a relaxing, satisfying and simple sim experience, you will definitely enjoy PowerWash Simulator! Happy spraying!… Full Review »
Feb 6, 2023So I played this on PC and gave it an 8 there because this is an oddly satisfying game and I enjoyed the creative levels and offbeat storySo I played this on PC and gave it an 8 there because this is an oddly satisfying game and I enjoyed the creative levels and offbeat story (yep it's a thing). Obviously I enjoyed it enough to play it again on PS5. So why the lower score? I ran into performance issues. As the career mode continued there was a stuttering issue that got to the point where every 10 seconds or so it would basically freeze a moment before continuing. I still beat career mode, but it definitely detracted from the experience.… Full Review »