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 (1,790 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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December 12

V0.385 Live; J-HARM fixes!

Attention, sanitation division.

We bring a fairly small update this week, mostly in the form of J-HARM related improvements.

Most of the horrible issues with it have been resolved, as you can see here.

  • -Fixed 2 Trunks appearing in the Office.
  • -Added the J-HARM to Caduceaus.
  • -Fixed J-HARM shaking violently when things are touching it.
  • -Fixed J-HARM not always retracting when it falls over.
  • -Improved J-HARM hold position.
  • -Increased J-HARM size, now high enough for Athena's Wrath window areas.
  • -Fixed J-HARM screen not using correct hand animation.
  • -Added Jam and Error captions to J-HARM screens.
  • -Fixed notes seeming stuck to the floor when lying face-down.

Unfortunately... we were not able to get Steam Workshop working in time, so that'll have to follow in another update. Hopefully in a couple days or so, if all goes well.

Otherwise this'll be our last major fixes and features update of the year, so I'll just wish you all a sanitary holiday, for 'tis the season to be mopping up some awful alien goop, at least that's what they tell me.

Keep those floors clear of eggnog!
You don't want to be fired by the Company right before Christmas.

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December 5

V0.38 update live: Elevator elation

G'day, ya'll!

Sorry about the delay of 0.38, its was mostly down to my neck, still :\ But, we're proper pleased to finally unveil the 'J-HARM' tool! You'll find it in some of the maps so far (Evil Science, Greenhouse and Athena's Wrath especially), and it does have some wonky issues still. We hope to iron out the more annoying ones for next weeks update :) Give it a shot, and let us know what you think!

Also of importance; next week will be our last update of the year as we take a break for a few weeks. That update should have Workshop support; oh yes!

Anyway, to the changes for v0.38!


  • Fixed Hydroponic Hell weed leaves from having odd looking Highlight shading.
  • Added a post-death briefing to all major levels.
  • Made the janitor trunk in the office return to life after you punchout of a level.
  • Fixed First Aid achievement progress not being tracked in Hydroponic Hell, Unearthly Excavation, and Cryogenesis.
  • Bins and Buckets now gradually snap upright instead of instantly; less projectile vomiting!
  • Made it possible for each Splitscreen player to change their FoV, name and colors independently via the options.
  • Improved the weapon FoVs for split screens, takes Resolution into account.
  • Fixed Incinerator fire bed sparkles being aligned wrongly one one side of the machine.
  • Fixed Janitor trunk having an oddly rotated lid after loading a saved game.
  • Added the JHARM!

Seeya next week for the last update of the year! :)

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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
126 of 140 people (90%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
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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42 of 44 people (95%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
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I clocked out at the beginning of a map without cleaning anything once. I got 4 people killed, started a cult that worshiped the incinerator, made a man marry a bucket and my company was completely shut down. Totally worth knocking off for lunch early, 10/10
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
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"what is this" "throw it in the furnace"

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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
Early Access Review
OCD Simulator 2014

This game is for me.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
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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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Early Access Review
If you have friends this is fun
but I dont have any
but I still had fun
is that okay?
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 8
Early Access Review
Well this is an odd one, it is a fun game but my god play it with friends or a podcast playing because you will go mad. I played a level for about 2 hours without even realising it, I just got into a routine and just played without even realising it.

One thing I will say is the physics are tempermental to say the least, put too many body parts and bullets into the biohazard bins and it will go crazy and half the bullets will fall out the bottom and the arms will flail everywhere and get blood all over your nice clean walls. Which brings me onto the water buckets, knocking a bloody water bucket over to see it spill over your nice clean floor is the most depressing thing that has happened to me.

On the whole, a good laugh and a new take on sci fi violence that makes you feel sorry for the cleaners in Gears of War
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Early Access Review
This is, probably, one of my favorite games ever. I'm a huge fan of games that question what it is to be a game- all the weird stuff on Kongregate, The Stanley Parable, anything that's every been called a "notgame"- and this fits the bill perfectly, but in a slightly less existential way. It's a perfect experience for someone who wants something new and inventive, but not particularly thought-provoking- and also absolutely hysterical.
My only complaint would be the occasionally bugged physics (my buckets have a habit of sinking into the floor and require quite a bit of mop violence to excavate) but this is a work in progress and I'm sure that'll be part of an update.
So, for an in-progress game pioneering in the realm of janitorial simulators (mixed with Dead Space, of course, because no game is complete without alien viscera), this... Whatever it is is /golden/. 10/10 would mop everything again.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Early Access Review
super relaxing, somehow I'm paying dues for everytime i exploded somethings face
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
My dream job is to be a space janitor now. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
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they said I can be anything, so I decided to become a space-station janitor who cleans guts for a living- IN SPACE.

this game is good though, even if I have only 0.1 hrs on record.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
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11/10 - best internet forum moderator simulator available
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 11
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It's enjoyable in its own strange ways and for that i adore it
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Early Access Review
10/10 would mop again
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
I never expected a game based on cleaning would be so addicting. The one thing everyone hated doing is now a video game. Yet I found it quite fun and addicting. Plus new maps and updates come out pretty regular. There are bugs and glitches that can sometimes be annoying and frustrating but it is still under development so it is easily forgiven. There is even multiplayer however last time I tried it the game bugged out and became unplayable on some maps but I still had a good time plus I assume it will be fixed with more updates. Overall I would suggest to check it out. 8/10 so far.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
Early Access Review
Freaking hilar! Its a great game to mess with. What is really funny besides the mess you can make cleaning up the mess is the office. I left early after just a trial run and the office was covered with memo's and such sent to me, or about me. It was fun to mess around. If you want to just have some fun goofing off and enjoy the after the hero has come through time, you need to try this out.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
I'm not really sure why I like this game. ;-)
I got the VCD Shadow Warrior level with the Shadow Warrior game, and I found it to be weird and crazy, in a positive way, and surprisingly, relaxing. :-) Especially after work. The crazy and unpredictable physics are part of the fun.
So I bought the full game when I got bored of that one level, and have since had no regrets about it.

It's an early access game, and the devs give frequent updates on the current roadmap, and deliver game updates regularly. 8,5/10

edit: Typo
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Early Access Review
Despite the entertaining premise—cleaning up after the messes left behind by traditional FPS protagonists—the gameplay mechanics in this series prevents me from recommending it. Maybe the soul-sucking tedium of this kind of work is too accurately simulated.
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128 of 132 people (97%) 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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90 of 93 people (97%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Early Access Review
If you and a group of your friends regularly play co-op games together, this is a must have for you (voice chat is a must). You've heard of first person shooter games? Well, folks, this is a first person cleaner game; the shooting has happened, the world is saved, and you are the janitorial staff tasked with cleanup. I have never hated saviors of mankind as much as I have while picking up their discarded ammo casings and fixing bullet holes in the walls.

Reasons why it's great for co-op:

1. The satisfaction you and your friends get when seeing actual progress in transforming the unique environment of the game you're playing. Seriously, this sounds weird, but we feel great seeing what we had to work with and what we made it into. I never expected to enjoy playing the game as much as I did and I was shocked at how much fun the friends I gave my four pack to liked it.

2. Hearing them argue about the best methods to dispose of a body (record for blackmail later!).

3. Seeing them walk into a room, look up, and exclaim, "Oh god...HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!"

Early Access Tips:

Remember, if you play the game now, it's not going to be at its best. Early access means it's rough and there's definitely some code optimization and collision detection going on that can be frustrating (and sometimes funny as hell) to work with.

When hosting a game, it's a direct connect type. So make sure the person hosting has a pretty decent computer and a solid internet connection. If you can't connect to their sever, they may need to setup port forwarding. The ports used by this game are 7777 and 27015

If you get a "too many actors" error message on your server, it means there's too many unique items. This can happen from tracking too many player bloody footprints around. Happened a lot when we were doing a 4-man cleanup team. To solve this, have someone get rid of all the ammo casings on the ground (pick up and drop in the incinerator) and the rest of the group should focus on getting a specific area of floor clean. Of all blood and gore. To prevent this from happening (until it gets fixed) try making little clear footpaths to all the necessary machines (incinerator & bucket maker).
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