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Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (2016) is an intentionally dull (and weird) adventure game about picking up trash as a Janitor. You work to find garbage for the incinerator (or to sell) with the thin hope of leaving the planet for a better life. It's a bizarre game not least because it doesn't try and be entertaining. However, that's kind of the point. It's a game about playing as the working poor.

Play involves exploring the spaceport's maze of alleyways, side streets, plazas, and bridges. As you go you can pickup the discarded items to burn and earn money. It's a mundane quest, but your only way to get enough food to feel full enough to sleep at night time.

You might investigate one of various subterranean sewers, or climb the ominously symmetrical Ziggurat to get a better view of the landscape. As you get a sense of the geography of the place you can start to identify which traders may offer you the best prices for the junk you've found.

It's a game about embracing routine, and the life-deadening consequences that can bring. As you spend your days cleaning up litter and finding food time ebbs away and your finances remain largely the same. Still, as long as you get through your daily list, there is some semblance of meaning: pray, work, eat, sleep.

The result is a game that invites you to step into the shoes of a cleaner. Not for empowerment or escape or a starting point for an inspirational story, but because that's an interesting thing to do. It calls itself an anti-adventure. But the adventure you really go on, is one into uncovering the limits of your willingness to experience life like this. Can you find a middle ground between menial drudgery, endless quests and never quite getting enough sleep?

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 22 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and Narrative game with Adventure elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

The developer states that the game includes mild content warning for: gender dysphoria, catcalling, poverty and drug use.

Some of the items you collect for people in the world have sexual connotations. One of the things you can buy in the game is a new gender. If you eat rotten food you often vomit (and then have to clean it up yourself).

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You can explore the world provided you are comfortable with controlling the camera and movement at the same time. Some themes will go over the heads of younger players, but it can still be an engaging and unusual space to play and explore.

CostsCosts

Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor usually costs £8.50.
 

Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor

Steam Store PC £8.50
Steam Store Mac £8.50
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/09/2016

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Collecting, Narrative and Adventure

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Developer: Sundae Month (@SundaeMonth)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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