In Viscera Cleanup Detail, you step into the boots of a space-station janitor tasked with cleaning up after various horrific sci-fi horror events. Instead of machineguns and plasma-rifles, your tools are a mop and bucket. That hero left a mess, and it's up to you to deal with the aftermath.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,599 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 4, 2014

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“So you've elected to support development of Viscera Cleanup Detail by getting the Early Access build, great! There are a few things to keep in mind however, as we continue development, fix bugs, add content and polish it all up.
  • It's still in development, so it has issues, especially regarding network.
  • You might want to think twice about buying this now if you're looking for a polished product. However, if you want to support us and provide feedback for the game's development, we'd be super grateful!
  • The price will increase as it gets closer to the finished game.
  • Everything is subject to change; your favourite feature could be eradicated.

As we proceed with development, the major improvements you will see will be relating to new and improved maps, bug fixes and polish. New content will primarily be focused on creating interesting environments for our players to experience.

And on a final note, mod support will be coming very soon! So you'll be able to craft your own space-station massacres; hooray!”
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October 25

Update v0.35: Paintenance


The next update is here; Paintenance

This update brings a couple fixes and improvements, a new map and a few early achievements. More will come as we go.
The new map, "Paintenance Tunnels", is a small/medium map set in an underwater sub-station's maintenance tunnels.

And, BIG OL' WARNING! Office save corruption is inevitable once again, as more changes were made to it's system.. :\

To the changelog!

  • Added new Paintenance level.
  • Greatly improved the Office 'trophy room'. [Save corruption unavoidable]
  • Possibly solved some Office issues of object duplication and other chaotic messes happening..
  • Made it so that only an exceptional cleaning job gets you an Employee of the Month photo and rating.
  • Added several basic achievements. [More to come]
  • Fixed janitor gibs not using character colors.
  • Fixed some save related issues.
  • Added a whole bunch of new hand anims for interaction, including palm scanners, lids, incinerator doors, etc.
  • Improved note handling, notes are now held upright in the hands.
  • Added an indication that you must press a key to progress past the game's black entry screen.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to finish the trading card assets, so those will follow in the week with any luck.


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October 20

From v0.35 to v1.0: tentative roadmap

Greetings everyone!

So here is our tentative roadmap for VCD from v0.35 (coming Friday probably) to v1.0 (hopefully in January). This is very much subject to change!

  • General fixes [too many to list specifically]
  • General tweaks [adjustments that will make themselves apparent as we go]
  • Office tweaks and improvements that might be required

  • Robotics facility [fancy new map and environment with new things to deal with]
  • Paintenance [smaller map, theme shall remain secret for now!]
  • Zero-G - MAY NOT HAPPEN! [this will be a design and environment reworking of the Zero Gravity map]

  • J-HARM lift tool [for those hard to reach places!]
  • Broom tool [it'll make it easier to sweep objects together]
  • Artifact [muhaha!]
  • Lightning scars [fix with Plasma tool]
  • Radio [this depends very much on my ability to craft enough funky janitorial tunes!]
  • Foetus' for tanks [decorative]

  • General audio pass:
    This will be an overall pass of VCD audio, where we'll add new sounds where lacking, or repeat too often across multiple objects (eg: all the crates). Expect a few dozen new ones.
  • Hand animations [add more animations for the hands as needed, such as opening and closing, switching things on and off, palm scanner, etc]

  • Trading cards
  • Achievements
  • Mod support / Steam Workshop
  • Mac support [this is not a guarantee! we are not yet certain if it's possible, but we will try our best!]
  • Launch/Release video

This is how this roadmap should go down over updates. This is by no means complete or definite however, rather a general guide. We will aim to get things in in that order, and as quick as we can.
Fixes and tweaks aren't listed here, as they will be spread widely across the whole lot as we go :)

v0.35 [potential]
Trading cards
New map [Paintenance]
Hand animations
First few Achievements

v0.36 [potential]
Audio pass
More Achievements

v0.37 [potential]
Lightning scars
More Achievements

v0.40 [potential]
Robot Facility
More Achievements

v1.00 [potential]
Mac build
Launch video

And there we have it for now! We'll keep on doing as much as we can and get through the updates as quickly as possible for ya'll :) The only long gap might be when we take a couple weeks off over Christmas, but we aim to have most of it all done by that point.


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“You know what I really love about violence? Dealing with the consequences! That’s why I’m so excited to see that Viscera Cleanup Detail, the space station janitor simulation, is now available on Steam Early Access.”

“By setting its mundane stall in the days after events that would be taken oh-so-seriously in another game, Viscera Cleanup Detail manages to be morbidly hilarious without ever telling a single joke.”

About This Game

Disaster! An alien invasion and subsequent infestation have decimated this facility. Many lives were lost, the facility was ruined and the aliens were unstoppable. All hope was lost until one survivor found the courage to fight back and put the aliens in their place!
It was a long and horrific battle as the survivor duelled with all manner of terrifying life-forms and alien mutations, but our hero won out in the end and destroyed the alien menace! Humanity was saved!

Unfortunately, the alien infestation and the heroic efforts of the courageous survivors have left rather a mess throughout the facility. As the janitor, it is your duty to get this place cleaned up.
So grab your mop and roll up your sleeves, this is gonna be one messy job.
Today, you're on Viscera Cleanup Detail!

Key Features

  • Janitorial Simulation - Step into the boots of a space-station sanitation technician and deal with the horrific aftermath of a sci-fi horror event. Blood, viscera, spent cartridges, worker bodies and other messes litter the facilities.
  • Clean - It's your job to clean up the mess, so clean it up you shall! Use your trusty mop, gloves, dispenser machines, plasma laser and sniffer tool to help you get all that blood out of the floor and off the ceiling! You can even try and punch-out if you think you've done your job.
  • Sandbox Gameplay - Don't want to clean? Just want to make more of a mess and play around with the physics? Go ahead! You can save your game as well; that's kind of us!
  • Multiplayer - Note: MP is still being worked out and may have issues still.
    You can even enlist some friends/coworkers to come and help you clean up (or make even more mess).


Buying Viscera Cleanup Detail also gets you our spin-off titles, 'VCD: Shadow Warrior' and 'Santa's Rampage' free! And if you already own Santa's Rampage on Steam, you get a discount on this game!

System Requirements

    • OS: Win XP SP3, Win 7
    • Processor: 2.4GHz Dual core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Shader Model 3.0 Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or AMD Radeon HD 3870
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Win XP SP3, Win 7
    • Processor: 2.6GHz Quad core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 5850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
74 of 75 people (99%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Early Access Review
#1 - This game preys on people with OCD.

#2 - I didn't know I could jam 1.5 bodies into a bio hazard box, maybe more if they're in smaller chunks.

#3 - I now know what my mother went through when cleaning up our house while I was growing up.

#4 - This must be what experienced serial killers have to go through on a regular basis in order to get rid of evidence.

#5 - Over stuffed a bio hazard box with gibs, tried to take it to the incinerator but hit a wall, knocked almost everything out, fell on the floor, splattered blood and guts everywhere. Went to clean I up with my mop but it was dirty so I only smeared it around and made it worse. Went to go find my bucket only to realize I left a trail of bloody footprints down the hall and gave me three times more work to do.

5/5 - would burn body bags again.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Early Access Review
Going into this game, you wonder: What is all the hype about, who would ever want to play a janitor simulator?

Let me put it this way. Have you ever thought about how fun it would be to mop up puddles of blood in real life, only to imagine just how gross that would be? It instantly turns you away.
But here. In this game. You get all the excitement of blood mopping without actually having to touch anything gross. It's amazing. It's everything I thought it would be. I can't stop, help.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Early Access Review
Spent an hour and a half systematically cleaning and throwing away everything that dare step between me and my mop. Decide to complete the mission. Learn the barrels I've left behind, killed people.

10/10 Would kick bucket full of gibs again
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Early Access Review
I cleaned off the blood, then threw every object/debris/limb (Including the buckets) into the incinerator.

There, made the whole place good as new. Who said Janitorial work wasn't so practical and fun?
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Early Access Review
A perfect reminder that behind every hero with a boomstick, there's someone close behind crying inside at the amount of gore on the roof for them to reach with a flimsy Mop.

10/10 would clean again
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Early Access Review
Mop that floor! Great game for co-op. Although you might be bored after a while....
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Early Access Review
Great casual game to play while listening to a podcast.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Early Access Review
good game there's space and mops
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Early Access Review
You clean up after Isaac Clarke's mess in Dead Space.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
I love this game, I'm not quite sure why but it is extremely relaxing to play...
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
There's just something zen about throwing the human remains in to the bins followed by nice meaty squish sound. Or your gloves and your mop squeaking while you clean stuff. And incenerating EVERYTHING!

I've gotta be honest and say that I never thought this game would be this entertaining when playing alone. But it is.
I've got no gamer friends, so can't say about the multiplayer much, but I can imagine it would be a blast. Especially the unearthly excavation map, where you could nudge your friend in the monster pit.

The developer is doing frequent updates and gives much information about the development process.
And there's the factor of waiting in excitement to see what cool things the developer has added this patch.
28 hours played and not even done the 2 newest maps yet.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Early Access Review
This game is really only fun with other people, in my opinion. It's very tedious (which some folks may enjoy) and some of the maps take HOURS to complete alone, but with friends it can be great and takes less time.


1) Microsoft Sam text-to-speech for in-game chat is HILARIOUS. Seriously makes the game 100x better. Try it. Nothing better than being a grown adult and saying inappropriate things in chat just to hear that monotonous robotic voice say it out loud. Had myself and my friends laughing so hard we were almost throwing up. It also says things kind of sarcastically.

2) The broken game physics, which is a cause of most of the cons listed below, can actually be funny sometimes. Like mops randomly killing people and bins glitching across the floor.

3) Funny things like giblets coming out of machines they shouldn't come out of, and really nice atmopshere and setups with interesting backstories.


1) No music in-game. Why does the main menu have neat ambient music but the game doesn't? For such a long, sometimes boring and tedious game where you have to obsessively focus on every detail for hours, why can't we have something to listen to?

2) The bins. Seriously. The biohazard bins are a total mess. I can barely use them. The point is to put giblets, trash, bullet shells and other small items in them to make it easier to collect and carry them to the furnace. But the bins are so broken the items inside usually clip into the bin and make the bin rocket around randomly, or the bin decides to just start glitching like mad and bang around, or teleport randomly, etc. Either way it usually spills some, or all, of the contents, forcing you to pick EVERYTHING back up again. Very annoying. For a game where those bins are provided to us to use, why can't we use them properly ?? I know it's in early access but please for the love of god fix the bins.

3) A seriously annoying an game-breaking bug I keep encountering is the inability to grab things. Sometimes just randomly will not allow me to pick things up anymore. Or, the game won't show the item in my hands- it still shows the item on the floor- but the game still considers me to be holding them. So when I drop the item, it teleports onto the ground wherever I "dropped" it, causing glitching. Sometimes on my friends' screen they can see me holding an item but on my own screen it appears that I'm NOT holding it. Makes carrying anything nearly impossible. Only way to fix is to quit the game/server and restart/rejoin. Happens several times per game.

4) Things that are almost, or entirely, unreachable. Some giblets or trash are in places almost impossible to reach, under tables (in a game where there is no crouch mechanism) or splashes of blood on the CEILING where there is no way to reach it by jumping or stacking boxes, especially since boxes and bins are so glitchy they fling themselves around insanely when standing on them. Maybe putting blood on the ceiling in an unreachable location could be fixed, eh?

5) Sometimes mops randomly kill my friends. It's actually kind of funny. And also sometimes those stupid bins, or other items glitching so hard they rocket into my friends and kill them. Funny but perhaps could be fixed lol.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
Downloaded this looking for a quick laugh thinking it was just a janitor sim. Low and behold it was actually just a janitor sim, but not just any janitor sim, the janitor sim of the gods. Viscera Cleanup Detail is easily one the most addicting and flat out amusing games i have played in my entire measly existance.
Would rate 12/10. Lasers and dynamite. Even a sarlaak pit.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Early Access Review
When you have made a worse mess than there had initially been, you know you are not good at cleaning.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Early Access Review
Is a game worth messing around with besides cleaning up recommend playing with freinds or yourself

This game : Viscera Cleanup Detail Is a indie game that you clean up a bloody mess that aliens broken in the space station and the area was attacked was shut down and units begin taking down the aliens after all of this battle a cleaner show up to the clean up the whole place

Story : Year 3020 a year that aliens show up to take down or breach in to the space stations was owned by humans when the breach begined hours ago in a unknown area in the space station after a long battle lasted 5 hours a guy named bill was offered a job to clean up the whole bloody mess in the unknown area in the space station bill's job was accepted and he begined in the bloody mess in station A50 [Unknown Area] [End of the story]

Thats it basicly if you want to read more of this go on the wiki good bye
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
clean up blood in space simulator 2014
(with aliens!)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Early Access Review
I sit here and clean up with a friend while I SHOULD be cleaning my room. Would play again! ( and again!)
Other than the small issue of things going into walls/under floors and issues with joining a game, this game is awesome!
Remember that this is still early access so it can only get better! There will also be issues.

I recommend this to anyone who likes to relax and clean.. or get mad while cleaning! With the added save feature it makes it all the better to get and play!
You can even make the mess even more glorious!

Just remember to BURN IT ALL!

You could also punch it but that would just hurt your hand.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Early Access Review
This game has a feeling of what happens AFTER a Horror Game, when everyone's dead.
A poor janitor with minimal wage has to cleanup all your guts. Shame on you.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Early Access Review
Must have game for this winter if you plan on staying in house forever. i never leave my house because i get dissed at school and this game helps me clean up for things.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Early Access Review
viscera cleanup detail, teaching kids how to clean up murder scenes sense 1999.
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