Serial Cleaner is a story-driven, fast-paced stealth/action game, characterized by a 1970s theme and aesthetics.
MEET THE CLEANER
The protagonist is a professional cleaner, which means he takes care of cleaning up murder scenes by disposing bodies, covering up blood stains and hiding murder weapons and other incriminating evidence. He takes on jobs without asking questions, working shady assignments for the mafia, as well as taking on jobs from mysterious clients, which will put him in harm's way... more so than what he's comfortable with.
It's a dynamic stealth game, in which the player needs to figure out how to pick the location clean of evidence, while not getting caught. Exploring, experimenting and fast paced decision making are the key words here. Getting caught and questioned would put a black mark on the protagonist's career and the environment is crawling with itchy-fingered police officers.
Serial Cleaner takes a humoristic, slightly macabre approach to its subject matter, and doesn't treat itself too seriously. Just take a look at the protagonist. He is a 30-ish man with a sharp sense of style and an iconic 70s look, complete with a mustache, large sunglasses, and tight pants.
Serial Cleaner has you coming in after murders to clean the place up before evidence can be found, you will need to remove the bodies and blood while hiding from the police. The game has a good presentation, 70s setting, good art style, and a good and fitting soundtrack. The gameplay itself doesn't do much to set the game apart from other stealth games which can be a bit disappointing with the different focus of the title. Different types of enemies are added, giving some variety, but the AI is pretty much nonexistence, just sticking to set paths until they see you, this can make avoiding or interacting with enemies dull. The game is fairly short but there are a decent amount of movie based levels that can be unlocked by finding hidden film in the normal stages, different outfits can also be used by your character. It's worth checking out if you are interested but apart from some brief entertainment it's not likely be all that memorable of an experience or something to spend that much time with.
Serial Cleaner is stealth game about... cleaning. The point of the game is to clear the area of any evidence or bloodstain. Gameplay itself might not be the most original out there (since stealth is more or less inspired by Metal Gear in this game), but what makes this game stand out is that how it depicts 70s and its own world. It's funny and accurate at the same time. Graphics are great, gameplay engaging and music really fits the time period - jazz, funk with some electro/rock thrown in. It is really nice blend. The only bad thing about this game, though, is the AI. Sadly, it is as dumb as bricks (or Metal Gear ;)) and it doesn't present as much challenge as some could wish for. Still, the length of the game is around 8 hours, which in my opinion for an indie title is not that bad. Overall, really good game and if you have stealth game itch to scratch, this game will help you and make your life easier. Recommended.
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