Well, here’s something different. Serial Cleaner is a narrative, fast-paced stealth/action PC game, characterised by a 1970s theme and aesthetics. The protagonist cleans up murder scenes by disposing bodies, covering up blood stains and hiding murder weapons and other incriminating evidence.
Think of a slightly cooler Dexter based in a 1970s avant-garde cartoon. The developer says the humour and atmosphere are inspired by both Fargo and Pulp Fiction.
Exploring, experimenting and fast-paced decision making are the keywords here. Getting caught and questioned puts a black mark on the protagonist’s career and the top-down environment is crawling with itchy-fingered police officers as well as nosy bystanders. The game uses real-world data to modify gameplay according to the time of day in a player’s location. Serial Cleaner encourages a playful approach to solving each level, rewarding exploration and experimentation.
In a slighty macabre twist, the levels take inspiration from actual 1970s murder scenes. However, unlike Dexter, Serial Cleaner takes a more humouristic approach to its subject matter. Just look at the protagonist: a 30-something man with a sharp sense of style and iconic 70s look, complete with a moustache, large sunglasses, and tight pants.
The game has been developed by iFun4All, a small, indie development studio based in Krakow, Poland. It featured at the recent PAX West 2016 in Seattle. Hundreds of visitors were able to play four levels of the game and check the unique visual style of the game, as well as Serial Cleaner‘s challenging mechanics.
There’s no word on an estimated date of release or plans for a console edition yet.