Viscera Cleanup Detail: Janitorial Gaming at Its Most Poignant

Because someone has to clean up after all the first-person shooters.

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Behold, a video game about the poor schmuck who has to clean up the space station after all the aliens have been blasted to smithereens.

It’s called Viscera Cleanup Detail, and right now it exists only as an alpha build. That means there’s nothing to do except quietly mop up the blood, pick up all the empty bullet casings and toss the giblets into the incinerator. No high scores, no objectives, no timers.

I spent about 10 minutes with the game before I quit, tired and frustrated, having been too clumsy with my incinerator bucket and accidentally dumping a pile of alien guts all over the floor. I’m pretty sure that’s the point.

The developers at RuneStorm, who cobbled the idea together during an internal “game jam,” say they want to add a co-op mode and more through weekly updates. They’re looking for support on Steam Greenlight so the game can be sold through the Steam online store.

But Viscera Cleanup Detail is beautiful just the way it is. Cleaning up the hero’s mess deserves no glory or amusement. It absolutely should be a thankless, tedious, seemingly unending chore. In fact, I don’t think I’ll play anymore unless I start getting paid for the job.

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