Pool Cleaning Simulator Review | GameGrin

Pool Cleaning Simulator Review

Swimming pool cleaning simulator is a (gasp) swimming pool cleaning simulation game developed by both Rubens Games and FreeMind Games and published by PlayWay SA Before we start, this should be said: the game is heavily inspired by PowerWash Simulator, it just has different equipment than the trusted pressure washer. I tried this game out before it came out and, to be honest, it was an… interesting experience. I haven’t touched this game since I wrote this, so let’s take a look at what’s changed since the Early Access release.

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Ah yes, a completely normal task to retrieve PIRANHAS.

Before each job, you’ll be at home where you can store your equipment, fill your truck with everything you need, order anything you don’t have, pick out your work outfit, and even feed and pet your cat and dog. It’s a nice place… but a bit redundant. There is room for a lot of equipment, but that same equipment can also be stored in the truck. Even if you somehow manage to lose an item or run out of something, you can simply order more easily by buying it in the store. The only real purpose of your home is to buy stuff and change outfits. The delivered items are all in individual boxes and must be unpacked at a specific table. Overall it works fine, but there’s not much to it.

But enough about that. Let’s talk about what you’ll do when you’re on the clock. You’ll clean surfaces, check the pH balance and chlorine levels, make sure the water is the right temperature, and do some bonus tasks for your customer, like solving puzzles or collecting rubber ducks. There are only a few maps, and you have to go back to some with new junk, but there is quite a bit of variety and it goes to places I didn’t expect, like swimming in aquariums among the fish and controlling alligators outside water parks. That said, quite a few of the side tasks are just looking for collectibles, and some of these can be surreptitiously hidden. Still, it’s worth doing for the extra rewards and achievement.

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You’ll need to organize all of this before you can actually start cleaning, regardless of what the game tells you.

As for the cards themselves, they’re fun once they’re cleared out, but again, there’s only so many of them. I’m disappointed though, as the game featured water physics in my preview, but it looks like most of it has been cut. I liked it, but it was probably best to make sure the game runs at a stable frame rate.

On your equipment. You have a variety of tools to use, from sponges and pressure washers to ducky thermometers and even scuba diving equipment. Every job requires certain tools to be in your truck, and you may leave without having the necessary equipment. So it’s best to check the list before starting the job. Some items are quite fiddly to use or slow down your movement speed, while others need to be used slowly or else require a second ring. It’s all fine, but I think playing way too many action games made me impatient because it feels like it takes forever for the objectives to be completed. Additionally, you can only have so many tools in your belt, so you’ll have to return to the job regularly to change items. It can be tedious and a little frustrating to clean, and that’s part of the job, but I mostly feel sad about cleaning up the mess.

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Oh what a duck.

Some dirt particles are completely invisible and you need better vision to see them, even after wiping them with a sponge. You have a cleaner view, which highlights all the gunk that needs to be wiped away, but it’s not useful enough when there’s only one pixel left or in a spot I couldn’t reach with normal means. There are also some surfaces that aren’t generous enough to clean the rest for you, so it’s more extra work for you, and sometimes it feels too generous and gets cleaned before you’re done.

However, there are some real problems I ran into. The game doesn’t do very well with stairs. You just shake them up, and sometimes you can get stuck. It’s kind of a headache inducing thing. If you don’t have to swim and there’s no invisible wall, you just sink to the bottom of the water as if it weren’t there. It doesn’t even require air. It’s very shocking and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve slipped and ended up in the pool. I also ran into a few issues and some trash that I had to throw away fell off the map. Fortunately, the game detects this and respawns. I also found some visual issues, and playing with a controller feels really bad. Still, it ran pretty well with only a few hiccups, and at least I didn’t crash.

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One time you’re cleaning up a murder scene, the next time you could be doing something cool like this.

To be honest, I just lost interest while playing Swimming pool cleaning simulator. I watched Summer Games Fest while cleaning a giant rubber duck, and nothing of value was lost. For a game about cleaning, the actual cleaning was the most boring part. At least it tries to be interesting and it works even when you’re thrown into something crazy. You can do some cool things, and there are some really special scenarios (like the super assassination level), but overall I can’t recommend this game unless you’re looking for another game like PowerWash Simulator. It’s okay, but I’d rather play something else.