Indie Gems: Viscera Cleanup Detail Freshens Up After Battle
Indie Gems is an ongoing feature in which we highlight small groups of indie games that are worth your time and attention. Think of this as your weekly Indie Game Playlist.
So many games pit you as a single soldier against a raging maelstrom of alien fury. It’s you against the universe, and you’ve got endless ammo and a thirst for blood to keep you going. You splatter their guts against the wall as you stride confidently from room to room, taking down every foe with a blast from your trusted futuristic shotgun. You are the hero, and this is your story.
But what happens when the hero is done shooting everything?
This is the question Viscera Cleanup Detail asks us, and it’s an intriguing one. After we’re done blasting all the aliens into giblets and bloodstains, how does life return to normal? Viscera’s answer is simple: the humble janitor. You are that janitor, and it’s your job to make the space station sparkling clean again. It’s a very relaxing job, even if it follows less-relaxing circumstances.
Assisting you in your task are the janitor’s best tools: a futuristic mop, a water bucket, a trash can, and an incinerator. To clean up the blood, you mop and wash it out. To clean up giblets (which can spread blood!) and shell casings, you take them to the incinerator, either in a trash can or in your hands. It’s simple, but the cleverness of the concept mixed with the silly nature of “simulator” (as in, Surgeon Simulator) games makes it a good title to goof off in for a little while.