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.
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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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January 5

We're taking a break!

Greetings everyone!

So, another year has passed by, rather rapidly at that. We managed to get VCD into Early Access, updated it regularly, got Rooks Keep out onto Steam, set up our business and company and were generally ultra-busy. We even managed a prototype or two when we weren't working on VCD (usually in the evenings or weekends)!

All this is basically to say, "we're going on break for a few weeks"! We'll be keeping an eye on things to make sure nothing serious pops up, and fix it if it does.

With some time off, we'll be able to do some renovating around our "office" and spend some time fleshing out a couple prototype ideas we have. Once we've completed VCD, one or two of those will become our next focus.

As a reminder, you can check out our roadmap for VCD.
And if you're interested in uploading some cool stuff to the Workshop, be sure to check out the Publishing Guide and Level Creation Guide.

And of course, we can't depart without saying thanks to our excellent fans and community! Thanks for the feedback, the kind words, the videos and pictures and, most of all, thank you for cleaning those disgusting space-stations! We'll return in a few weeks, hopefully refreshed and ready to finish up the rest of VCD!

We'll seeya soon everyone; rock on!

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January 5

Workshop Hotfix!

Since the previous update, you will probably have been unable to download and use mods due to a technical issue which affected the Workshop implementation.

This small 1.7MB update cures the issue, allowing you to once again download community mods.

Thank you, and keep those new space-stations just as clean as the old ones!

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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.”
PCGamer

“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.”
EuroGamer

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).

Important:

Buying Viscera Cleanup Detail also gets you our spin-off titles, 'VCD: Shadow Warrior' and 'Santa's Rampage' free!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
259 of 288 people (90%) found this review helpful
122 people 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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65 of 75 people (87%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Early Access Review
I just spent new years mopping blood of the walls.
This game is pretty good too.
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35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
99 splotches of blood on the wall. 99 splotches of blood. You take your mop, you clean it all up. 98 splotches of blood on the wall.

98 splotches of blood on the wall. 98 splotches of blood. You take your bin, put body parts in. 97 splotches of blood on the wall.

97 splotches of blood on the wall. 97 splotches of blood. Make the floor gleam, check that it's clean. 96 splotches of blood on the wall.

If you don't, you're fired.
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37 of 45 people (82%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
I pushed a box into my friend and he snapped his neck getting pushed into the ceiling.

10/10 would janitor again.
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41 of 53 people (77%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
Oh my GOD, there is another floor !
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Early Access Review
Reviews and the Steam Sale convinced me to make this purchase. Took my time on my first level by spending 80 min instead of the estimated 45. Smooth gameplay, great atmosphere-- seemed like a simple task, just tedious. Looked around before punching out-- thought I did a decent job.

Threatened with termination. (I left a bucket behind which, somehow, killed someone.)

The required attention to detail makes this simulation fantastic at what it is, and the humor is well-delivered.
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Edit: Redid level adding 45 minutes and extreme Discovery Channel Blacklight Technology.

Employee of the Month. So ♥♥♥♥ing worth it.

11/10, would lose sleep again.
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Early Access Review
A total waste of the precious gift of the life…
Lots of fun.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
38.4 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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Early Access Review
It's a story as old as time itself! Monsters/aliens/experiment gone wrong kill everyone in the research facility, the hero comes, saves the day and leaves a mess behind! Now this place needs a new hero! A hero to clean the blood and bodies! Congratulations, dear reader, that hero is you!

Equiped with a broom, blood/mess sniffer and your bloody hands (literaly and figuratively), your job is to clean this place from the top to bottom! That includes blood, bodies, "we are doomed" written with blood on the wall, bullet shells and bullet holes! Especially bullet holes! We don't want the scientists hiding drugs in there!

Now that you know you job, let's talk specifics! You get a box from the box machine, throw the garbage in the box, carry the box back to the incinerator, repeat untill no more garbage! Well, no more bodies BUT HOLY ♥♥♥♥, DICKWAD! There's bloody footprints everywhere and blood is still on the wall! Don't stare there like a dumb idiot, get a bucket of water from the water bucket machine and clean this up! The water is bloody now, now burn the bloody water bucket and don't... HOLY ♥♥♥♥! YOU'VE SPILLED BLOOD ALL OVER THE PLACE! THIS GAME HAS PHYSICS, SO BE CAREFULL! Get another one from the water bucket machine! Well, look at that, the bucket machine gave you a bloody hand! Well, tough ♥♥♥♥, press the button again and hope you get a bucket and throw this hand in the incinerator!

By now you've probably cleaned everything, time to sign out and end you shift! Well ♥♥♥♥, you forgot a bullet shell to burn and a scientist tripped, fell and died of brain concusion! GOOD JOB, YOU'RE FIRED! TOO BAD, SO SAD! And that's the whole game! How they made a minimum wage job and cleaning fun is beyond me!

Now, you think this game is ugly! IT'S NOT, DICKWAD! It runs on ♥♥♥♥ing Unreal 3 engine! For a game that's about cleaning, that's ♥♥♥♥ing amazingly suprising!

By the time I'm writing this, the game is still in early alpha! Now, some of you are starting to look for another game AND WHO SAID YOU CAN DO THAT?! KEEP READING! The devs are updating the game reguraly, from bug fixes to new maps!

Overall, the game is reguraly updated, the gameplay is fun (for some reason), it looks great and it's great if you don't want to think a lot when you play or just want to unleash your inner janitor!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Early Access Review
This game is the first of its kind, and should be considered a FPJ type game. (First Person Janitor).

I wish I could tell you why this game is worth playing, why it's worth buying, but I myself still cannot comprehend why I enjoy this game.

While playing it, there are moments of self observation in which I laugh at myself "I can't believe I'm playing a Janitor simulator, lol." but then I keep playing. There is something peaceful and calming about the game, cleaning up every bit of blood and gore is satisfying for some reason. I still cannot understand why.

There is merit in the fact that this game had my sister in law, a person who rarely plays video games, hooked on the game for 6 hours straight. How does a Janitor simulator DO THAT? What magic is this?!

The game is still in early access mode and as such, there are glitches. Don't expect everything to work perfectly. In order to enjoy this game, you MUST have the ability to laugh at yourself, and not take things too seriously. You will knock over buckets of blood, your waste bins will glitch out with dismembered, break dancing feet and throw all that trash you picked up everywhere. (this only happened to me once though!)

I do appreciate it as a game though, there is a challenge and it is the challenge of patience and dexterity. This game is not full of inventory menus, you don't go up to an incinerator, click it and select which items go on like in Minecraft. This game operates on physics yo, and since that's case, you have to pick things up, orient them, carry and place them carefully wherever you need them.

It takes strategy, skill and patience to beat this. It takes patience, humility and a good sense of humor to enjoy it.

11/10 would watch dismembered, break dancing feet again.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Early Access Review
You know how an Italian chef kisses his fingers and says something in Italian that translates to "A masterpiece" after tasting their own dish? That's how I feel about this game.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Early Access Review
This game is for those who want to procrastinate and clean up a virtual world rather than their rooms or for those who have OCD problems lol. JK. Anyway, this game is surprisingly fun to play. It's sort of kind of relaxing for me. It's not just about cleaning, it's also about strategy. If you have a good strategy then you can finish cleaning faster. I just hope that the multiplayer option would work for me. I can't host a game cause i can't forward my ports (oh well). Would be nice to clean with friends and strangers just as long as they wont make the mess worst, i'd prolly be so frustrated if they do that XD.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Early Access Review
Viscera Cleanup Detail
Field Rating Review
Graphics
7
Viscera doesn't try to be anything special, and that's just fine. The environments are well put together, with plenty of well...viscera.
Gameplay
7
Can be a blast, but you need to be in the right mood. Viscera seriously caters to the OCD in you. A clever and amusing reversal of roles, you find yourself cleaning up the mess left behind after terrible experiments gone wrong, alien attacks, etc. Put down the gun, and pick up the mop. The controls lend themselves to making silly mistakes and more of a mess, and while intentional it can get a little frustrating sometimes as you're trying to clean the place. Keep an eye out for hints in levels to open some doors.
Story
N/A
You're part of the cleanup crew, sent to mop up after whatever event led to the grisly state these facilities are in. No real story here.
Multiplayer
8
A surprisingly refreshing, and completely amusing multiplayer experience. Group up with your friends to clean this mess up! Laugh as you make ridiculous mistakes together, knocking over buckets of blood accidentally, dragging bodies across walls and splattering their remnants everywhere.
Replayability
6
As amusing as it is to take up the role of janitor, you can only do it so many times. The saving grace here is the free levels they occasionally release (so far, Shadow Warrior, and Santa's Rampage)
Overall
7/10
While an amusing, unique, polished game, Viscera isn't something you'll boot up a whole lot to enjoy. But you will certainly get your money's worth out of it in laughs with your friends. I recommend picking this one up (especially when on sale), even if only for how unique the concept is. You've seen a lot of things in gaming, but you've never seen something like this.

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Early Access Review
That time of the month simulator 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Early Access Review
Viscera Cleanup Detail is a unique thing. Those of you who've played the gory games like Dead Space, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, will maybe have once joked that you don't envy whoever has to clean the mess up that you, in those games, makes.

Turns out that is EXACTLY the case in VCD. YOU are the shmuck who got sent to the blood-drenched space station AFTER the Bald McAngry Spacemarine protagonist of another adventure had passed through. YOU are the poor sod who has to pick up all the limbs, the guts, the organs, all of it. YOU are the janitorial staff hired to clean up after the incidents.

That is what makes it so oddly satisfying and brilliant all at once. There is no big bad enemy bosses, there is no universe to save, there is no multi-level demon destroying slaughter. There is only you, and the aftermath of the previous examples. Something had happened here, judging by the abundance of guts and trash and casings...but that isn't what you're paid to think about, really. You're cleaning up after the story has happened.

The levels are quite diverse, ranging from a trashy, smelly waste disposal area to an entire digsite or even a zero gravity chamber, all of them filled to the brim with things that need mopped up or incinerated or both. Some even have their own unique gimmick, such as the Sandtraps of Unearthly Excavation that can be fed items, though it may just regurgitate other items and cause further mess.

The game is somewhat passive aggressive in it's design. Your automated waterbucket dispenser can jam and sometimes spew out bodyparts, which can make a mess. Or your Biohazard Bin dispenser can spew out some gibs...which needs cleaned up as well. The game does it's best to let you know that your job is grisly. You will need to take bloody buckets to be incinerated, you will need more buckets to mop up a spilled bucket. You'll need bins to carry all that viscera to the incinerators too...but that might just make more mess if you spill any.

It becomes oddly satisfying to turn a gory scene entirely on it's head. Make everything nice again, put it together, organize boxes. Do well enough and you'll be promoted. Do even better and you'll get an Employee of the Month award! The 'feedback' given to you outside of Speedrun mode gives the game little snippets of flavor. If you do well, you'll receive a meaningless promotion with very minute and insignificant changes to your lifestyle, such as a 5% salary increase, or a slightly bigger locker. Of course, your colleagues begin to hate you for this, because then the company expects higher performance from them too. This has no real changes evident in gameplay, but you CAN collect multiple Employee of the Month awards to decorate your office with...

All in all, VCD is still Early Access but hell, if it can make a strangely tedious job like janitorial work satisfying in a weird way, money well spent.

Also if you see Bob, notify security immediately.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Early Access Review
I showed my mom and dad this game.

They said its great because I clean for once. :)

10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Early Access Review
Great game!!! Love to play, i spend hours letting the time fly by while playing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Early Access Review
I was cleaning blood off space stations, way before i got paid to clean one. I just like how it feels.

100/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Early Access Review
The only instance where I'll ever tell someone to stop distracting me because I'm mopping.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
Just got yelled at by the boyfriend for spending 3 hours cleaning virtually instead of real life. Finally finished, and got laughed at for getting fired and failing at virtual cleaning. Got told to keep practicing.

10/10
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