Serial Cleaners

Posted:  October 16, 2022
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Game Info

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
55 FPS
Limit
55
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
8
Scaling Filter
FSR Sharpness 1
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Resolution: 1024x576

Render Scale: 75%

Texture Quality: High

Shadows Mode: Main Light Dynamic Shadows

Shadows Quality: Medium

Soft Shadows: Off

Blood Quality: High

Antialiasing: None

Volumetric Lights: On

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
11W - 15W
65c - 72c
3 - 3.5 hours

Review

New Year's Eve 1999, your crew is getting together to drink and reminisce about their careers. What do you guys do? Well, you are professional cleaners for the mob! Serial Cleaners is a stylish stealth-action game where you have to sneak around buildings and get past police while cleaning up the joint for your boss. Vacuum up, pack up bodies, and dispose of evidence...I promise this is more fun than it sounds. But, will you be able to clean up on your Steam Deck?

Serial Cleaners: Max Settings

When set to the max, Serial Cleaners chugs along. It can hit around 55 FPS, but it dips down as soon as you move. This also comes with a steep 24.5W drain that can waste the battery down to 1.5 hours. But we can easily make this much better with some tweaking!

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With just some simple tweaking, Serial Cleaners feels like a great improvement without many sacrifices.

A Clean Optimization

Through my testing, I found a nice balance I am pretty happy with. At 55 FPS, 1024x576 with FSR Sharpness 1, a mix of high and medium settings, and a 75% render scale made the game feel incredible while still looking sharp and sleek. I was also able to get around a 11W - 15W drain for a 3 - 3.5 hour battery.

Serial Cleaners recommended setting

This framerate felt just as good as 60 FPS and it did give the ability to save a lot of battery while still looking great.

We also wanted to find a way to get a 1280x720 resolution with a 100% render scale. Luckily, we were able to do it, but did make some cuts to make sure battery life wasn't super overwhelming. We dropped the framerate to 50 FPS, which with a TDP limit of 12, allowed us to stay below 20W drain on average with crisp visuals.

SerialCleanerQualitySettings

I did notice that in every build we tried, there were some framerate fluctuations. In our recommended build, this was curbed a bit, but still happened every now and than. It never got bad enough to be unplayable though!

Menu Control Issues

While Serial Cleaners itself didn't seem to have any issues when controlling characters, the menus had an odd one. Using the D-pad to control the menu and it didn't work. I learned that using the analog stick worked perfectly and using the D-pad right after worked just fine as well. I tend to prefer using the pad in menus, so this felt odd, but it is very minor in the grand scheme.

Conclusion

Serial Cleaners is a really interesting game. It can be a bit on the short side, but if you enjoy top-down stealth games, you will enjoy this one. And on Deck, it runs pretty damn well. Even with the very minor fluctuations, the game can hit the higher framerates while still looking great and keeping a decent battery life. Overall, the fact that this can run so well on Deck makes this a sweeping success!

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Serial Cleaners is a great addition for lovers of the stealth genre, and though it is a little short, it runs fantastic on the Steam Deck.

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$24.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating
Unknown

Review

New Year's Eve 1999, your crew is getting together to drink and reminisce about their careers. What do you guys do? Well, you are professional cleaners for the mob! Serial Cleaners is a stylish stealth-action game where you have to sneak around buildings and get past police while cleaning up the joint for your boss. Vacuum up, pack up bodies, and dispose of evidence...I promise this is more fun than it sounds. But, will you be able to clean up on your Steam Deck?

Serial Cleaners: Max Settings

When set to the max, Serial Cleaners chugs along. It can hit around 55 FPS, but it dips down as soon as you move. This also comes with a steep 24.5W drain that can waste the battery down to 1.5 hours. But we can easily make this much better with some tweaking!

Left ImageRight Image

With just some simple tweaking, Serial Cleaners feels like a great improvement without many sacrifices.

A Clean Optimization

Through my testing, I found a nice balance I am pretty happy with. At 55 FPS, 1024x576 with FSR Sharpness 1, a mix of high and medium settings, and a 75% render scale made the game feel incredible while still looking sharp and sleek. I was also able to get around a 11W - 15W drain for a 3 - 3.5 hour battery.

Serial Cleaners recommended setting

This framerate felt just as good as 60 FPS and it did give the ability to save a lot of battery while still looking great.

We also wanted to find a way to get a 1280x720 resolution with a 100% render scale. Luckily, we were able to do it, but did make some cuts to make sure battery life wasn't super overwhelming. We dropped the framerate to 50 FPS, which with a TDP limit of 12, allowed us to stay below 20W drain on average with crisp visuals.

SerialCleanerQualitySettings

I did notice that in every build we tried, there were some framerate fluctuations. In our recommended build, this was curbed a bit, but still happened every now and than. It never got bad enough to be unplayable though!

Menu Control Issues

While Serial Cleaners itself didn't seem to have any issues when controlling characters, the menus had an odd one. Using the D-pad to control the menu and it didn't work. I learned that using the analog stick worked perfectly and using the D-pad right after worked just fine as well. I tend to prefer using the pad in menus, so this felt odd, but it is very minor in the grand scheme.

Conclusion

Serial Cleaners is a really interesting game. It can be a bit on the short side, but if you enjoy top-down stealth games, you will enjoy this one. And on Deck, it runs pretty damn well. Even with the very minor fluctuations, the game can hit the higher framerates while still looking great and keeping a decent battery life. Overall, the fact that this can run so well on Deck makes this a sweeping success!

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Serial Cleaners is a great addition for lovers of the stealth genre, and though it is a little short, it runs fantastic on the Steam Deck.

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
55 FPS
Limit
55
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
8
Scaling Filter
FSR Sharpness 1
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Resolution: 1024x576

Render Scale: 75%

Texture Quality: High

Shadows Mode: Main Light Dynamic Shadows

Shadows Quality: Medium

Soft Shadows: Off

Blood Quality: High

Antialiasing: None

Volumetric Lights: On

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
11W - 15W
65c - 72c
3 - 3.5 hours
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$24.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating
Unknown

Other Builds & Information

Quality Build

SteamOS:

50 FPS Cap with 50 Refresh Rate

Half Rate Shading OFF

TDP Limit 12

Linear

 

Proton Version:

No Forced Compatibility

 

Game Settings:

Resolution: 1280x720

Render Scale: 100%

Graphics Quality: High

Projected Battery Usage/Temps:

17W - 19W

Around 75c - 82c temps for CPU and GPU

Around 2 - 2.5 hours of gameplay

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