A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Requires a major measure of teamwork and coordination to successfully complete extensive cleaning jobs if players choose to invite friends to help them.
Positive Role Models
The only "characters" within the game are you, a faceless cleaner, or online friends you can tackle cleaning projects with.
Ease of Play
Controls are simple, offering many options and methods to make moment-to-moment gameplay smooth and effortless.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that PowerWash Simulator is a downloadable single-player/multiplayer cleaning simulation game available for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Players will use high-powered pressure washers to take the fight to the corruptive forces of dirt, grime, and soot, cleaning buildings, vehicles, and statues along the way. The game contains simple controls and a host of accessibility options to make the cleaning experience smooth and seamless. With such a minimalistic approach, there's not much room for character or plot, but what the game lacks from a storytelling standpoint it more than makes up for in the option to utilize online teamwork and coordination to better achieve players' cleaning goals. Otherwise, the game is -- literally and figuratively -- absolutely clean of any vulgar content.
Is It Any Good?
It's easy to dismiss a game about cleaning dirt and grime with a high-powered pressure washer as a joke that would be a supremely boring gaming experience. But PowerWash Simulator is anything but boring. The game constantly keeps itself interesting by giving players a host of targets to clean, from houses to playgrounds to amusement parks, from trains to other vehicles. The soothing sound of your pressure washer combines with the satisfaction of watching water seamlessly cut through dirt and filth to make even the most hopeless of cleaning projects a battle of determination and carefulness. The end result of a job well done speaks for itself as players are given a sped-up time-lapse of their efforts from the dirt-riddled beginning to the satisfyingly clean, shiny end. Further heightening the enjoyment is the option to bring friends along as you coordinate to complete a particularly intimidating project.
The glue of your cleaning journey, though, comes from the top-notch, easily accessible options at your disposal. You start with a basic pressure washer that does well on its own, but as you complete jobs, you'll earn money to buy better pressure washers -- and even extensions that increase your cleaning range or a variety of soaps that are specific to certain surfaces, speeding up bigger jobs significantly. The challenge ramps up through the Career mode, as people hear of your elite cleaning skills and offer you more elaborate and challenging projects over time. There's also an easy way players can see even the smallest specks of dirt with the press of a button, a welcome, essential feature as some objects are small or have smaller parts, and it can be difficult to figure out where the dirt is by yourself. Switching between pressure washers, extensions, soaps, and whatever else you may need is quick and easy. There's even a way to have your pressure washer blast water at all times without needing to hold a button, another minor yet crucial available feature. This cleaning simulator cuts absolutely no corners when it comes to considering player satisfaction, an increasing sense of challenge and accomplishment, and a calming experience that manages to make an otherwise ordinary task fun and enriching.
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