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  • Summary: Step into the polished shoes of The Cleaner, a professional crime scene cleaner for the mob. There's no business like the cleaning business, and right now business is booming… Sneak around crime scenes avoiding detection from the guarding cops as you vacuum up blood, hide bodies and removeStep into the polished shoes of The Cleaner, a professional crime scene cleaner for the mob. There's no business like the cleaning business, and right now business is booming… Sneak around crime scenes avoiding detection from the guarding cops as you vacuum up blood, hide bodies and remove evidence in this 70's styled, fast paced, 2D action/stealth game.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 14, 2017
    85
    If you’ve held off on Serial Cleaner, this is a fantastic port. I’d absolutely recommend this over the other versions as well for the convenience of the hybrid console. Serial Cleaner is well worth it on the Switch.
  2. Dec 6, 2017
    80
    Serial Cleaner is a fun and stylish game that, despite some flaws, manages to make the task of cleaning somehow fun and interesting.
  3. 80
    All in all, I really enjoyed my playthrough of Serial Cleaner. The stealth gameplay combined with the puzzling environment worked together well by both keeping my attention and baffling my brain. The whole 70s aesthetic and music are fantastic and complement the small story set aside from the main missions. While the controls can feel inconsistent at times, the experience as a whole was very enjoyable. Sure, it’s fun to bring on the onslaught - but who knew it would be so much fun to clean up after.
  4. Nov 30, 2017
    70
    A neat if limited core concept, combined with some superb retro presentation, Serial Cleaner is held back by design choices that are at best curious and challenging, and at worst infuriatingly obtuse; as a result it is a good game rather than a great one.
  5. Dec 27, 2017
    70
    Serial Cleaner brings a 70s-style ambiance to a stealth game and it does a very good job at that. Thanks to its sharp humour and fun action, Serial Cleaner is one of the most remarkable indie games on the Nintendo Switch and its refurbishing mechanic when the player loses adds more variety and extends its lifespan.
  6. Dec 12, 2017
    60
    For all the frustrating moments, there is still an alright stealth game underneath. if you found sneaking around in the Metal Gear Solid games enjoyable there is some fun to be had here. Serial Cleaner has style and it helps carry the first half of the game, but the only real reason to keep playing after this is to unlock the bonus contracts at the end.
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  1. Feb 20, 2018
    9
    Serial Cleaner is a game in which you receive calls from a mysterious client who directs you to fresh crime scenes. Your job is to dispose ofSerial Cleaner is a game in which you receive calls from a mysterious client who directs you to fresh crime scenes. Your job is to dispose of all bodies, retrieve evidence and weapons, and often to clean up blood that's been left behind. And it's fantastic. I love it so much. My wife and I play it together, passing off the controller when one of us gets caught.

    It's so fantastically intense. You know how it feels when you're running from those giant robots at the end of SteamWorld Dig 2? Or doing the Green Demon challenge in Super Mario 64? Or even just hiding from plain ol' Slenderman or FNAF robots? That delicious adrenaline as you plead with the game "PLEASE DON'T FIND ME PLEASE DON'T FIND ME PLEASE DON'T FIND ME"? That's this entire game.

    I've honestly never screamed so much at a game. Not in anger, more like:

    don't look at me don't look at me don't look at me don't look at me
    OH CRAP HE SAW ME NOOOOO RUN RUN RUN RUN

    It's easily one of my favorite games on the Switch right now. Though, YMMV because (for me, at least) a lot of the enjoyment comes from playing with someone. Not wanting to get caught so you don't have to give up the controller, screaming together, etc.

    I don't know if it's for everyone because it can be a little frustrating at times. But it's 100% fair. I've never felt like the game screwed me over or was unfair. If you're calm and analyze the movement patterns of the guards/cops that you need to avoid in each stage, you can make it through.

    Until you screw up and you scramble for cover like a panicked maniac.

    9/10, would recommend to anyone who's interested after a cursory glance.

    Also, the main character's mom is such a sweetheart.
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