In 1998, The Simpsons made a throwaway gag about Bart refusing to perform yard work at home for his mother, then demanding she let him join the queue for the yard work simulator at a local fairground. It’s funny because who would develop a virtual experience of a chore? Moreover, who would want to actually play it?
So anyway, PowerWash Simulator is a game where you use a pressure washer to clean various items and locations. You have a variety of nozzles, cleaning products, and attachments with which you can streamline the process. It’s wonderful and to be perfectly honest has absolutely no right to be as much fun as it is, whether you're going solo or joining friends online for a co-op squirt session.
You’ll start small with cleaning a van bearing your own branding, and then immediately afterwards you’re tasked with cleaning a garden that looks as though it’s been untouched in decades. You’ll blast all that grime to the big sludge bucket in the sky and use the proceeds to buy bigger and better equipment to clean a fire station, a playground, the Perseverance Mars Rover, all typical stuff.
The same satisfying gameplay loop found on other systems remains entirely intact here, and performance (although halved to a maximum of 30fps) is pleasingly stable. The ‘resolution’ of the dirt cleaning process is a bit pixelated when you get in close, but it by no means ruins the fun. Loading times are another story though, ranging from around 30 seconds to one time when we were waiting for well over two minutes as we jumped from one partially complete location to another. Not ideal, but jobs can take so long that you won’t be seeing too many of the loading screens in your time.
Also available is the Tomb Raider-themed DLC, which is strangely not included in the base game, but is free to download from the eShop at the time of writing, with no indication of being paid-for down the line. With this pack you get a whole load of Tomb Raider-y goodies to remotely scrub, and although it's nothing the base game doesn't really already offer in terms of cleaning experience, it's more content to clean, and it's free. Can't really complain.
One thing that is sorely missing, however, is gyro aiming. I don’t think we can stress enough what a match made in heaven gyro would be in a game like this, but it’s made doubly disappointing by the stiffness that the standard dual analogue setup. It’s not a dealbreaker, and there’s still a roaring good time to be had here, but oh how we ached to wave our controller around and have it actually do something in-game.
I'm hoping for a Travis Bickle DLC
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Next game: Ironing Simulator
The gyro is something they loved to add but had not figured out at time of release. They said it will come at a later update.
It's what they said at the reddit q&a.
Looks fun impressive graphics.
Anyone who questions the fun value of this has clearly never used a power washer. Blasting away grime and bugs with powerful rapid fire bursts is like playing out the minigun scene in Terminator 2.
No gyro is a complete dealbreaker for me. Might consider grabbing it on sale later down the track after they've added it.
Give it a try before you make an opinion. This is a bit more than simple shovelware.
@Deemo37 well, erm..... no I'm not going to spend £20 to discover I was right.... or wrong. There is literally a video in the review showing you the 'game play'. It is simply a fidget spinner of software. A single mechanic. It's at best a £4 piece of software imo. Mind you I note it's also out for the PS5 with all its incredible power, it's utilized for this? I don't know what developers expect to gain from this apart from gullible people parted from their money. At least put some effort into making it a proper game.... it's actually not asking too much for some sort of timed events or target practice mini-games or find secret hidden things hidden under the dirt etc.... None of that is said to exist in this. So I will stand by my impression of the 'game' going by what was in that review.
Aww, no Gyro is disappointing. Does it support local wireless play at least? If not, I'll stick with the Series X version on Game Pass for now. Is a physical copy available?
I’m not telling you to buy the game I only tried it because of gamepass. I’m just saying it’s more interesting than it sounds and much better than other similar games.
Hoping for a Pulp Fiction DLC with Jimmy and the Wolf playable
No gyro is more than a missed opportunity. Gyro is a requirement.
The only three things you need to know about this game:
1. It runs well
2. It has online co-op.
3. It is more zen than Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley combined!
It might as well be called Dopamine Generator because everytime it goes <ping!> my brain feel good.
This is a game for those of us that plays roller in Splatoon because it feels good to cover everything.
A game is worth what people are willing to pay. The game becoming popular enough that a Switch port was requested is proof. You may not see the value in it (tbh, I don’t either), but others do, and that means that they’ll play it.
I genuinely don't get the appeal to this. I mean I power wash my car in real life and it can be a pain in the neck like when I'm not in the mood so if anyone here wants to do my car for me they're more than welcome, oh and the graphics are the most realistic yet.
Does anyone else do a double take at that picture because it reminds them of Cobra Commander?
I love how this shadow dropped with no fanfare, I bought it instantly, I needed one of these 'simmy' kinda of games where manual labour is satisfying and fun.
And co-op squirt session hehe. I need my brain washing out... Can this game do that too?
@D_Munk don't judge a book by it's cover. Power wash simulator is satisfying in the same kind of a way that Farming Simulator is satisfying. There is something cathartic about cleaning mud off random items. I tried the game on gamepass because I wasn't sure either and I was pleasantly surprised that it's a mindless game where you can just relax watching the TV at the same time. It appeals to OCD types but isn't for everyone.
Plenty of impotent finger wagging already, perhaps unsurprisingly.
Pretty much all ‘games’ can be reduced to a seemingly trivial set of inputs and outputs. In chess you pick up pieces of wood/plastic/glass/whatever and shuffle them around until a somewhat arbitrary set of rules determines that a certain piece of wood/plastic/glass/whatever can no longer be shuffled. In tennis you transport a spherical piece of rubber over a mesh fence repeatedly until the transportation system breaks down. In rugby people run into each other and fall over and get very muddy and sometimes a weirdly shaped ball moves over a line.
None of these descriptions really does a good job of summing up the fervour surrounding such activities, yet the fervour exists all the same.
Maybe Powerwash Simulator is pointless, but so are most other activities we entertain ourselves with. To extract pleasure and satisfaction from something essentially pointless could be argued to be the very definition of ‘playing a game’.
Those arguing that this is not, in fact, a ‘game’ are missing the point entirely. The point is that there is none, and yet in its absence is something very worthwhile: fun.
…Pity about the lack of gyro though.
So we're just gonna pretend this review didn't include the phrase "co-op squirt session"? Cool, cool.
@D_Munk I think it's rather ignorant of you to refer to people who buy this as "gullible". It may not be to your tastes but don't knock people who enjoy it.
Who is going to play this…..buys on Steam, first game played on Deck. Well I mean this is ok…..40 hours of playtime later…… ok ok well maybe it’s alright…….. plays on game pass to experience it on TV……I mean if it’s included with Game Pass……releases on Switch…..I can already play this on the go and on my TV, why do I need this for my Switch…….remembers that I also have a switch lite that is even smaller than the Deck…..damnit, here is 25 dollars……… oh crap what time is it? It’s fine I just have to finish the playground
@AtlanteanMan You are so right with Cobra Commander! I saw Squid Game.
This should've been a side job in No More Heroes III. I don't know what it is about human beings "mowing the lawn" or "straightening things" that is so satisfying. Pac-Man proved that. I'll put this on my wish list for now.
PS: I lol'd at "Perseverance Mars Rover, all typical stuff." Nice one.
I can't see how anyone who has had to do any significant amount of power washing could find this fun.
Certainly beats the wasteful real thing.
@Maxz excellent points: very philosophical.
@D_Munk I've put a lot of time into this because of Gamepass and yeah its actually a ton of fun. People like it because its relaxing and stress free plus power washing is just fun in general and this game let's you use one minus the drawbacks of a real one.
The final boss is pigpen from peanuts
@Zimon thank you, point 1 was what I really wanted to know (since the multiplayer isn’t cross-platform 😔)
@RubyCarbuncle I gotta hand wash my monstrosity 😆
@TheChris You're right that was a bit strong. Sorry. I do take that back.
I'm having a bit of a blast with this game myself and therefore, it's one of my favorite Switch games right now. As someone who always preferred fast-paced action games, this one was just therapeutic enough to me to genuinely enjoy it.
Having said all of this, gyro aiming definitely would've been nice to have.
stiff aiming and no gyro = hard pass
I enjoy this on xbox gamepass. Some of the levels are so tedious, however something made me stay and complete the game. I recommend it.
@Mattock1987 you’re joking, but actually somehow a very real possibility!
@chewytapeworm it would be kind of therapeutic
These is fantastic. Great way to unwind and detach without having to anything resembling going outside or exercising.
Yeah, the aiming is a little stiff at times but, it's not like there are high stakes situations that need fast reflexes or precision shooting here. The filthy pond just sits there and takes it. The filthy, filthy pond.
Doesn’t sound too chill trying to play this while wrestling with drifty joy cons. Shame because if it had gyro I would have got it
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