Percentile Rank

Serial Cleaner is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 52 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

60%

Critics Recommend

Based on 52 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Jul 16, 2017
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Cultured Vultures
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 23, 2017

This is a game that costs £11.99, so content-wise, it offers enough for that price tag.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 19, 2017

Maybe Serial Killer is a great idea with appealing style, saddled with iffy design and insufficient flexibility. Walks the walk, but the talk's another matter.

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Scored Reviews

Thumb Culture
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2017

Serial Cleaner takes a humouristic, 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 moustache, large sunglasses, and tight pants. After saying all of that, what is it like to play? Let's take a look…

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PushStartPlay
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2017

Serial Cleaner, is the best goddamn indie game since the original Hotline Miami, and the best indie game of this generation.

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PSX Brasil
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jul 11, 2017

Bringing an unusual proposal of being the person responsible for cleaning the mess left by criminals, Serial Cleaner is an isometric stealth game well-polished and entertaining. Each stage has a clever level design, responsible for creating moments of tension and the necessity of a good timing in cleaning the scene while dodging the field of vision of guards. Besides the campaign, which holds a good story, there are also bonus levels and a variety of challenges, contributing to hours of fun. The soundtrack is amazing, with each level having a well-fit theme, wrapping up a highly recommended game.

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DVS Gaming
9 / 10
DVS Gaming
J.R. "Jasonator" Sommerfeldt

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 16, 2018

With just a few mechanical hiccups, this title makes a great addition to anyone's game library.

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Entertainment Buddha
88 / 100
88 / 100
Jul 11, 2017

Serial Cleaner came out of left field for me. It is the first indie puzzle game to really make me love the story. I felt for the characters and their relationships. The gameplay presents challenge and diversity. The only let down was that the AI was pretty dumb when it came to finding me.

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PS3Blog.net
85%
85%
Jul 11, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a lot of fun, and its trophies are pretty straightforward, with nothing being missable due to how the game is structured. A bit of patience and a lot of practice is all that is required for eventually making that Platinum yours! If you're looking for a unique experience, then look no further because Serial Cleaner on PlayStation 4 is definitely worth your time and money.

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Quillstreak
85%
85%
Jan 1, 2018

Serial Cleaner is an immensely fun, innovative indie Switch title that will test not only your wits but your patience with its increasing difficulty and cleverly-crafted level design. With a great soundtrack, a pleasing aesthetic, and enough content to entertain players for hours, it's a must-have for anyone who enjoys a good puzzle and wants to prove their talent for making dead bodies disappear.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2017

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.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 1, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a very fun and addictive game that will keep you hooked until the end. The gameplay mechanics are simple and to the point, and the premise is so crazy it just works. Cleaning up murder scenes for the mob, down to the last drop of blood? Weird! Serial Cleaner is a great option on PS4 and one you should definitely check out.

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Play Some Video Games
82 / 100
82 / 100
Jul 18, 2017

Have you ever played Hotline Miami and thought, well this is just too messy and sloppy? You’d think he could be a bit neater while going on a mass murder spree? Perhaps instead, you’d rather be cleaning up in the aftermath? Well then, Serial Cleaner might be for you!

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 11, 2017

Cleaning up someone else's mess has never been this much fun, and that's saying something when said mess includes pieces of evidence, corpses and more than a little bit of blood spatter. Serial Cleaner is easy to recommend as a quirky and fun stealth 'em up with a somewhat macabre sense of humour.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Aug 2, 2017

Serial Cleaner is one hell of a game. It captures the style and appeal of the seventies greatly, layering it with a surreal 'job' to do, and a solid sense of humour.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 10, 2018

There’s no business like the cleaning business, and that’s certainly the case with Serial Cleaner. Distinctly unique from anything else available on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch, as you steadily accumulate evidence for your trophy collection, it’s hard not to recognise a job well done.

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TheXboxHub
Jul 10, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a very good stealth game. It controls well, the levels are well thought out and a real challenge, and the level of difficulty is just short of pad biting

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Switch Player
Dec 6, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a fun and stylish game that, despite some flaws, manages to make the task of cleaning somehow fun and interesting.

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Saving Content
Jul 11, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a stealth game where you play a character whose sole purpose is to discretely clean up messes from murders and deals gone bad. And in doing so, must never get caught in the process. You wouldn’t think a stealth game where you have no offensive capabilities or weapons would work, but it totally does. And Serial Cleaner is a reverse Hotline Miami, which is an awesome thing to be.

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3DNews
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2017

Fun stealth puzzle game with some great ideas and a really good execution. More dangerous enemies appear during last few missions, but Cleaner doesn't gain any new abilities, so the game may feel a little bit tedious near the end.

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ZEFGame.ru
8 / 10.0
ZEFGame.ru
Frostengine
8 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2017

If you take into account past projects of the Studio iFun4All, review of which is on our website, then it is safe to say that Serial Cleaner is a huge leap forward, the idea is interesting, but the implementation does not disappoint, the only significant disadvantage is a certain monotony of action, the benefit is a smooth variety of circumstances.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2017

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.

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NEOsite
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2017

Running with blood-soaked plastic bag on the shoulder and playing hide-and-seek with the police have never been that good. Original idea and equally original execution.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jul 11, 2017

While occasionally frustrating and repetitive, Serial Cleaner is a violently fun puzzle game that provides hours of blood-filled entertainment and new challenges.

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Nindie Spotlight
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2017

In the end Serial Cleaner, by its style, won’t be a game for everyone but for the right people I think it will be very engaging. It’s clever in the right places, a bit funny at times to keep things light, and it will challenge your planning as well as your patience. If you enjoy stealth or creative spins on puzzle games it is a refreshing hybrid that delivers a solid challenge for the cost of admission.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 24, 2017

In the end, Serial Cleaner is a fun stealth experience. The focus on non-violence is refreshing, and while there are some bits that don't play out so well, the entire experience is fun enough that you'll be motivated to retry it almost immediately. The '70s presentation is inspired, but the bonus levels and challenges give the game some replay value. Serial Cleaner is certainly worth checking out.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 24, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a fun top down experience that will give you a good fun few hours, collecting all the collectibles and completing all the bonus levels. For anyone that was a fan of Hotline Miami but would have preferred it to be a stealth game this title is for you.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2017

When it comes to pleasant surprises, Serial Cleaner ranks among my favorite indie releases of 2017. The simple to grasp mechanics yet surprisingly deep execution managed to take a genre that I traditionally loathe, and somehow deliver an immensely gratifying experience. Don't get me wrong, this will most likely not be winning any end-of-year awards, but it's a mess that's worth tidying up after. Who knew that obstruction of justice could be so much fun?

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SwitchWatch
75%
SwitchWatch
Brian Myers
75%
Dec 7, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a fun, stylish and polished puzzle game which will force you to be observant in order to evade the cops and get enough cleaned up from each crime scene to advance. The music is top notch and is easy to just listen to. This is great to have as your will be replaying each mission several times to complete all of the challenges, and the excellent tunes makes it more of a pleasure to do so. There is a lot of replay value if you don't mind playing on the same stages repeatedly with various challenge settings, but the lack of leaderboard reduces the incentive to do so. If you enjoy jazz music, satirical humor in small doses, stylish visuals, vacuuming up blood and cleverly evading cops, then this is the game for you. I give it a 7.5/10.

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Areajugones
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a stealth game with nostalgic influences. A very well polished game that has a powerful begining but a repetitive second half.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 24, 2017

Serial Cleaner succeeds in bringing a strong presentation and 70's style to the stealth/action genre. The gameplay mechanics are surprisingly deep even with hit-or-miss AI presentation. And, although simple, the art style is great. I never knew obstructing justice could be so much fun.

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Readers Gambit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2017

Granted that you have a few spares hours in the day to get some dirty work in for the mob, Serial Cleaner is not a bad purchase. However, it is fairly simple as far as stealth games go, is hardly demanding and can be completed before it even begins. And maybe that’s a good thing, since Serial Cleaner’s gameplay staggers as you get deeper into The Cleaner’s story.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2017

With its thirty scenarios (twenty in the main story and ten films inspired by the cinema to be unlocked), the Serial Cleaner demonstrates how iFun4All knows how to build gaming experiences with a solid gameplay as a foundation. Additionally, the outline of the '70s is to create an interesting contextualization from the historical point of view, but above all as far as the stylistic one is concerned. Maybe they could have enriched everything with a bigger stage, with a checkpoint, or a little less chaotic gameplay, which at present can not be ruled perfectly by imprecise controls.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 11, 2017

Serial Cleaner is not a game that pretends to revolutionize a genre as it is the one of exploration and infiltration. In fact, he drinks a lot from classic sources. A very successful retro aesthetic that fits perfectly into a bulletproof gameplay. Passing a vacuum cleaner was never so much fun.

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COGconnected
72 / 100
72 / 100
Jul 11, 2017

Serial Cleaner shines like a freshly mopped floor in its challenge and 70s aesthetic, but basic gameplay elements suffer in the process.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 11, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a fun little game which offers something that's both similar to other indie titles on the market and thematically unique for the stealth genre. Its difficulty and slight release content are offset by a number of options, a great premise, and some uniquely engaging gameplay.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 11, 2017

With its charming papercraft-like visuals and enjoyable 70s themed soundtrack, Serial Cleaner can be a lot of fun if you have the patience for it.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2017

With its 70s setting and great soundtrack, Serial Cleaner is a unique blend of styles that might not be full of variety but it does offer a decent amount of fun.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 27, 2017

Serial Cleaner is full of humour and stealth action with a 70s-style ambiance all around it. An indie game that stands out in the Nintendo Switch catalog, Serial Cleaner also enjoys a marvelous audiovisual component and has all the conditions to be a very appreciated game in the eShop.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 30, 2017

Serial Cleaner is undeniably cool, but can be at odds with itself. On the one hand, the bitesized levels and whimsical humour should allow for a fun, pick up and play jaunt, but it is obstructed by a handful of small but significant frustrations. It's a game that both embraces the tropes of the genre and adds a neat little twist, but it won't be long before even the most persistent of players wished it was just a bit more lenient regarding certain elements.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.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 17, 2017

Serial Cleaner is engaging (and laughably gory) stealth game with an awesome atmosphere, easy to pick up and play. Too bad it lacks variety to feel great from start to finish.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jul 12, 2017

A simple, economical throwback to the golden age of stealth games, with fun presentation but a notable lack of depth and variety.

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Gaming Nexus
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2017

While groovy from its soundtrack to its illustrated style, Serial Cleaner's ‘70s ‘stache and sharply defined stealth-action is often tiring. I'd rather have somebody else clean this up.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a stealth game that nails its aesthetic, referential material (mildly related: there's an excellent Alien-themed bonus stage), and concept. It just doesn't nail the mechanics of being a stealth game. Developer iFun4all seemingly understands this judging by the copout way it implemented hiding spots. Serial Cleaner is neat, but it isn't always tidy.

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Critical Hit
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a brief yet surprisingly addictive blood-soaked stealth game, provided that you can survive long enough to get past its steep difficulty spike.

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PlayStation Universe
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2017

Somewhat lacking the addictive qualities of some of the better games in the genre, Serial Cleaner still provides plenty of challenge and a decent amount of content for fans of stealth puzzlers.

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GameSpace
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 24, 2017

I love the idea of games like Serial Cleaner, before this, I’d only ever seen Viscera Cleanup Detail. Where VCD followed in the footsteps of a hero, Serial Cleaner reminds me as though someone was following in the footsteps of all the carnage in games like Postal, Hotline Miami or Party Hard to bury the evidence. Unfortunately, that charm wears off quickly.

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VideoGamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 14, 2017

A fun take on both stealth games and genre films, Serial Cleaner will be way more enjoyable if it can fix a bad lighting bug that made it almost unplayable.

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TrueAchievements
Jul 18, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a fun stealth game that doesn't hold one's attention for long.

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Windows Central
Jul 19, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a worthwhile purchase if you're looking for a light puzzle game to play in short bursts, because trust me, you will get mad at it here and there.

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FingerGuns
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 11, 2017

Serial Cleaner is a tense, challenging stealth game that'll equally frustrate as much as it entertains.

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New Game Network
46 / 100
46 / 100
Dec 19, 2017

A polished, well-presented skin wrapped around thoroughly unremarkable stealth fundamentals. Serial Cleaner is not an actively antagonistic experience, just draining and unrewarding.

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