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 (2,252 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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"Quit being the guys that make the mess, and be the guys that clean up the mess! A unique game for the OCD in you and your friends. Clean up those guts!"
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March 28

Hotfix for v0.425; Oops

Greetings noble Janitors.

It has come to our attention that the update on Friday did not include everything it was meant to.
Most notably, all of the script changes; oops.

So here it is, a tiny update which includes all the files that were left out.

The biggest impact of this is that any report forms you filed will not have been stored by the game for future use.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but it's all good now. Our overlords have reached their tentacled hands through the void long enough to issue a stern warning, and some time in servitude to their sulfur mine operations as punishment.

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March 27

V0.425 update: fixes, tweaks.

Hey hey!

A small (well, in features but not download size..) update this week brings fixes and tweaks to the report forms system. Still a bit we have to do for it, however. We've also been working on the remake of the new Zero G map(the old one will stay as well), the Mac build and some other fixes. The Mac build in particular is being tricky, but we might be getting there! Anyway, to the changelog!


  • Added PIDs[Personal Identification Devices] and support for Report Forms to all levels.

  • Fixed clients being able to corrupt Punch-out Report forms until they have recieved the server's version of the info.
  • Fixed PIDs on clients having wrong color.
  • Fixed PIDs not keeping their colors or names when taken to the office.
  • Filled in Incident Report forms are now saved by the game if you are not fired. [The data will be used for something in the future]

  • Changed PID and Map Info incident fields in the Editor from using a bit-field to now using tick-boxes.

  • Implemented Key Navigation for Punch-out Report Forms screen.
  • Separated Report Forms screen from main punch-out screen chain.
  • Improved report forms and added more death types.
  • Changed the interaction sounds for Machine interface screens such as the Punch-out and Vending Machines.

Have fun! We'll seeya soon with more updates!

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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!

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
22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
74.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Early Access Review
It's hard to describe what makes this game fun. For one thing, it's relaxing, there's no time constraints, no ammo counting, nothing like that. Just you and your mop. The small bits of satisfaction you get from putting things in order.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Early Access Review
First time when I've seen this game I'm not think much interesting. But my friend forced me to buy this game. There was 25% discount so, I bought this game.
And I was surprised when I had played to this game more fun what I expected.

I recommend this game to those who interesting the cooperative games.

Good thing:
-Easy achievements.
-Very simple control.
-If you have good friends who have this game, play with those for more more fun. :D

Bad thing:
-Early access (currently) so, there are more bugs/glitches.
-With alone not too fun.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Early Access Review
Hilarious game with unique gameplay. I nearly laughed my ♥♥♥ off while cleaning all this bloody mess around space station. Totaly worth trying it out.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Early Access Review
You know.... I should have wrote a review for this 10000000000000000000000000000000 years ago.

Here it goes.

Your a janitor who works on space stations,remote locations, and other futuristic places. Your there to cleanup all that ♥♥♥♥ from everyone dieing in terrible events. Alien infestation, a evil artifact, mutants, and a bunch of evil events BEFORE you even got there. So you walk in after the horrible battle/murderfest and clean it up. You burn the bodies, remove the scorch marks, burn the bullet casings, stack the boxes that fell over, file reports on everything you saw, work togheter in multiplayer, and more shiz.

There is a functional lift now to get blood on the ceilings, dynamite,shovels,brooms,mops, some crazy disintegration gun that burns everything, and your trusty sniffer tool to find blood/junk.

Would not recomend if your not a badass who can handle being a janitor of this scale.....

Seriously..... this game is great!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Early Access Review
What I like:
+it's comfy
+Kleptomania simulator

What I don't like:
-It's really same-y all throughout the maps, even the documents- even though this is meant to parody generic-doom/aliens-clone-games.
-doesn't feed your inner kleptomaniac as much as it should, other than documents you'll read once and immediately not give two craps about, once you've collected your free soda/beer stash, a lightning gun, a virus canister, your assortment of surgical tools and the artifact, you pretty much got eveything.
-why in the larger maps must everything be on every other corner of the map??! that crap isn't just obnoxious, it's a time waster.

What I wish this game had:
=more non-fleshy stuff to collect and put on my janitorial desk.
=killer robots
=objects that you can do stuff with.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Early Access Review
I played this for the first time last night with a friend. We had absolutely no idea what we were doing, we were getting frustrated with accidentally making a mess where we just cleaned, we wanted to kill each other for leaving bloody footprints everwhere... And to top it all off, the fact that he's Canadian and I'm Australian made the lag so unbearable, we could hardly transport any crates full of rubbish to the incinerator without the contents flying everywhere, or the contents/crate itself literally throwing us into the walls and ceiling and destroying everything else (though admittedly, that last part is somewhat expected given the countries).

We also had absolutely no idea what needed to go and what didn't, we had no idea what the big lazer was for, or how either mode of the radar thingy worked. By the time we finished with the level we were on 3 hours later, the reviews we got were terrible and they made us feel rage.

Yet despite all of that... we can both honestly say that it is the most hilarious and fun experience we've had in a while. All we could think was "We NEED to get more friends in on this!".
Total anarchy is what it was. It was brilliant. When you do finally figure out how everything works, you feel amazing and accomplished. Honestly, the only thing that I can say would improve the game is one minor control change, but once you get used to everything, it's really not that bad.

You can burn so many hours on this game. The possibilities via the Steam Workshop are almost limitless as long as there's gory games out there. We're going to play the hell out of what's currently here, but we most certainly look forward to the final product.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Early Access Review
This is the weirdest simulation game I've ever played. It's very addictive and very fun to play with others. I didn't realize when I orignally bought this game that it was early access. I love it, it is kind of glitchy but it kind of adds to the charm of the game. There are little things in the game that will make you angry as ♥♥♥♥. But you will find yourself trying to clean every nick and cranny of the place your cleaning until it becomes obsessive. Even though my room is a mess and I don't like cleaning in real life, this game is addictive as hell.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Early Access Review
Data log 1:

- Employee joins workforce,
- Employee spends an hour messing around, achieving no work
- Employee finds Squid Tentacle
- Employee fails to place Squid Tentacle in Incinerator
- Employee discovers what a Biohazard Bucket is for
- Employee manages to clean up small patch of blood using mop
- Employee dirties spot by tipping the dirty water on it
- Employee burns things in the Incinerator
- Employee finds Ray Gun
- Employee burns down site with Ray Gun
- Employee is fired

10/10 Game of the Year.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Early Access Review
Ever wondered what it's like to be the poor schmuck who has to clean up after Doomguy? Now you can find out!

This game is really relaxing and very satisfying when hours of cleaning eventually result in a space that is completely immaculate. I wonder why I don't get the same kind of satisfaction cleaning up in real life...
This game is early access, so they regularly release updates for it, and it's always fun trying out new content. It also has workshop support, so when you get tired of the stock maps, there are player creations out there for you, though I can't vouch for their number. Sometimes, I have a difficult time finding the last little meat chunk or soda can or blood spat hidden in a dark high corner of the ceiling. That hardly ruins it, but maybe RS will make this easier in the future.

As for the multiplayer, you don't have to deal with port forwarding like you do in santa's rampage. MP is handled through steam, so you can easily join your friends, or complete strangers. Let me tell you, you don't know your friends until they trek bloody footprints right across the floor you JUST finished mopping. Repeatedly.


Let me tell you a little story about a multiplayer session I hosted with a friend of mine. We were playing the map Unearthly Excavation. My friend sees a "sarlacc pit" in the ground and jumps in it without a second thought. He died.

He also found some explosives. Apparently, he couldn't light them, but not to be defeated he put it in the incinerator. Unfortunately, he forgot that he was supposed to run away. He exploded into little bits.

While this is going on, I'm trying to clean up a mess that only gets messier with each water bucket carelessly spilled. That's when my friend found some explosives near me. Since I was away from the incinerator, he couldn't light them, but then I found and lit a flare. I told him I had an idea and dropped the flare next to the explosives, lighting them. I ran away, he didn't. I blew him up and got an achievement for it. My victory was short lived as I didn't realize there were more explosives that the blast had triggered. I didn't survive that one.

When I came back and tried to clean up the mess we made, my friend asked me how to light the flares, and I told him he had to bang them against the wall (which is the truth). A part of me was wondering why he had asked, until he came running over with something that was lit. I almost immediately knew to run the hell away, but my desire to live gave way to caution, as instead of running, I looked behind me to make sure the water bucket was not there. Ultimately, we both exploded, and my desire to not make a bigger mess ended up doing just that.

We could not stop laughing.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Early Access Review
The easiest way to describe this game is as a toy. Its quite serious about what it is but not in a competitive way but rather that cleaning up blood is hard. Its even more difficult when given various body parts to incinerate, tnt to handle safely(or not), and a whole ton of other crap.

Somehow I've managed to spend more time playing this game and cleaning up a virtual mess for a longer period of time than I've actually spent cleaning IRL.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Early Access Review
I came around a corner too fast while holding an empty Coke can and I knocked over a stack of eight blood buckets, turning the hallway into a recreation of BrainDead (AKA Dead Alive).
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Early Access Review
being a janitor never seemed so fun. 10/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Early Access Review
A game where you're a space janitor. And it's actually the most relaxing ♥♥♥♥ in the world.

10/10 would watch Scott Pilgrim again while I pick up bodies.
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398 of 410 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Early Access Review
You think your parents are disappointed when you waste your life playing video games now? Just wait until you see how disappointed they are when you waste your life playing a video game that simulates being a janitor, while sitting in a messy room in real life. Soul crushing disappointment...

Also, this game is obsessive compulsive crack. It's challenging if you approach it as a puzzle game and goofy fun if you approach it as a physics simulator. A lot of credit should given to the developer for the attention to detail they put into creating messes that look real and tell a story.

I haven't tried coop yet, but I'm guessing there's a lot of fun to be had there.
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358 of 396 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
Dad walks in asking me "you playing one of those shooter games"
Realizes I am mopping.
Walks out, disappointed

10/10 would lower family expectations again
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191 of 197 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
102.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Early Access Review
Did you play DOOM when it was released in the 90s? What about the original Half-Life or Unreal? Did you ever wonder who the heck's gonna clean up after these heroes?

The answer has finally been provided by the developers of VCD, and the answer --- is you.

There is no story. There is you. There is a mop. There is a bucket of water. You have no idea who is responsible for the carnage; you only know it's your task to clean up after it.

For such a strange idea for a game, the developers have really outdone themselves in my opinion. They have taken an idea that likely only tugs at the corner of the minds of .01% of the total FPS-gaming population and made a game out of it. They've made a game that seems incredibly boring actually fun.

As a Janitor for the Viscera Cleanup Detail company, each facility you visit must be painstakingly mopped; all the trash must be picked up; and all the body parts must be incinerated. How you complete this task is up to you, but that facility had better be spotless when your supervisors arrive, or you risk losing your job (and that's actually an Achievement).

After completing a facility, you return to your "office," and can read reports on your progress. These reports vary from employee commendations to tongue-in-cheek company newsletters, and really add to the experience. You are also able to take "trophies" with you should you so choose by placing them in the blue trunk that you take with you to each job.

People who don't enjoy ironic humor, or never played an FPS, should stay well away. But if you love watching the gibs fly on any contemporary FPS game; or even enjoyed the pixelated trips down Memory Lane of DOOM or Duke Nukem 3D; or even the bump-mapped polygons of Unreal and Half-Life, this is a must-have in your collection. You already blew the place to smithereens; didn't you mom teach you pick up after yourself?
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179 of 187 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Early Access Review
This game is a news flash for me, it just screams "HEY You remember those days back in the 90's of running around a 3d map shooting 2d sprites of nazi's, cults, Zombies, Demons and aliens? Well, time to clean your f**king mess you ♥♥♥♥♥!" And just slaps me in the face with well designs maps, a mop in my hands, and a little sniffer device.

This game is like your mother. Endearing, loving but down right damn unforgiving. You spilled a bucket? "TOUGH NIPPLES Clean it up and get another bucket!" The bin machine just dumped a few giblets down and stained the flooring with blood? "SUCK IT UP AND KEEP CLEANING! Not my fault the machine just trolled you!" A gib just goes haywire and the floor absorbs said gib and you cant get it to burn it? "Restart the bloody map and start all over!" <---(Fix this glitch please TwT) But at the end of the day, You can't hate it, Cause it is unique and feels nice to clean a map 100% and get a promotion from your advisor!

But seriously fix that glitch...

10/10 Would spill another blood filled bucket.
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232 of 262 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Early Access Review
My wife came into the room just as I was throwing part of a body into the incinerator. She was so grossed out that I slept on the couch. Worth it.
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241 of 308 people (78%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Early Access Review
OCD Simulator 2014

This game is for me.
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244 of 317 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
i recommend for university students, reminds them of their future
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