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PowerWash Simulator and Endling – Zero Punctuation

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This week in Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews PowerWash Simulator and Endling: Extinction Is Forever.

For more major games Yahtz has reviewed lately, check out Stray, Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan, No Man’s Sky (in 2022), a history lesson of Bob’s Game, Neon White, Hardspace: Shipbreaker, and Elden Ring.

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Oh dear. The word “simulator” in the title, gameplay based around a boring mundane job-like task and a complete absence of NPCs because it’s aimed at people who like being left alone to browse new HDMI cables – yep, it’s a Dad game. It’s not even a post-Dad game as defined in my Hardcocks Sheepshagger review because there’s no element of fantasy in Powerwash Simulator, unless you count the fantasy of establishing a successful small business in today’s economy. But it was the game I sunk the most time into last week so I guess we’re fucking reviewing it. I couldn’t help it, I’m a dad. It lured me in with its promise of simulating good honest labour and the satisfaction of a job well done. The same way the Home Depot lures me over to the power tools section by wafting in the smell of fresh sawdust. So it’s a first person game where in each level you’re plonked in front of a building or vehicle of increasing size and complexity that appears to have been at ground zero of a volcanic eruption, we’ve got a high-pressure water spray and we can only move on when the true colours shine brightly anew and we’ve cleaned off all the dirt, played in an interesting historical cameo by the population of Pompeii.

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