I began reading the words "haunted house cleaning simulator," so I knew exactly what diddy indie game Late Night Mop would be. But yet, I enjoyed my ten minutes of throwing rubbish and mopping up stains (just stains, don''t worry about it). Finally, I played it again to see another conclusion, even though I am a big scared baby. Ugh. I will regret having played this next time I clean my flat at night.
I was intrigued by the Viscera Cleanup Detail and games that were based on one silly joke. I instantly knew it would be simple cleaning (more in line with House Flipper than VCD or PowerWash Simulator) and would have spooky noises and startingling jumpscares. And yes, it''s all there. Walk around, clicking on stains and picking rubbish up to dump in bins, and then dirty things. I''m pleased with it.
It has an idea, it executes it finely, and it has a few nice touches that made it for me. I don''t usually find jumpscares interesting but found them quite funny after I got caught on my computer (I might not like jumpscares, but it does not mean they don''t get me), but I like that at the very end, it understood everything I wanted to do and allowed me.
I like small games that do a small silly thing for a short while then stop before the joke drags or wears thin. I suspect many games of the type are made with screechy YouTubers and Twitchers in mind but hey, I can enjoy them by myself too. Like how prlbrlbing to activate magic trousers in the Weird RPG was still funny to me playing alone and unobserved (though unfortunately that game did not stop before it started dragging).
Late Night Mop, created by Lixian, is available on Itch.io and Game Jolt for Windows and Mac. It''s pay-what-you want, with no minimum. I think you might enjoy it in your lineup if you''re planning to play ghostie games this Halloween season.