Welcome to EXPlay, (Explain & Play) the review series where we care not for scores but tell it how it is when it comes to every game we get our hands on, whilst also taking the time to include some lengthy gameplay, to give you the reader, the chance to shape your own impressions and views whilst watching and reading.
In this explanatory review, we’re covering Fresh Start by developer Chicken Launcher:
Fresh Start (The Explanation)
Fresh Start is an FPS cleaning game in a similar style to Power Wash Simulator. You start out the game’s tutorial where you learn the basics of moving, sucking up trash, and cleaning the piles of debris out of your way. You are equipped with a vacuum/water gun apparatus that lets you clean up trash and restore the vegetation to the world. As you restore nature to its original design you can press up on the D-Pad to view a short cinematic. Restoring the world unlocks coins that can be used to upgrade your vacuuming and water abilities, as well as others.
Within the world of Fresh Start, there are objectives you must accomplish like repairing the train, and clock, and rebuilding the station. This is done by collecting a variety of items that are used to repair them, while also removing the debris piles and watering the plant life. Within the levels, you may also need to suck up pools of water on the ground or suck up water from the rivers to refill your water gun.
As piles of debris get removed, you are awarded piles of trash which can be used to unlock those upgrades, as well as, coins you can spend. The levels within the game are pretty bare bones and the music in the game is quite repetitive. In fact, the initial music in the game reminded me a little bit of the Forest Temple theme in The Legend of Zelda, but not the good part of it, just the repetitive droning of the sounds. There wasn’t much else in terms of the game’s sound effects, other than the sucking up and spraying of water. This game definitely lends itself to a podcast or music of your own playing in the background.
One neat part of the game is how after a certain percentage of the level is completed and the world cleaned up, you can trigger a cut scene. Oftentimes these scenes showed animals or plants flourishing in the now cleaned environment. There were some “janky” parts to the animations as animals seemed to bound in from out of nowhere or float without much weight to their 3D bodies.
There are a dozen or more levels to unlock in Fresh Start each with its own missions and objectives to complete. Overall though, my time in the game proved to be lacking a fun game as the repetitive music, basic design of the world, and janky controls were lackluster. That’s not to say that you couldn’t find this game relaxing and fun to play, I just found it basic and unenjoyable as a video game.
Fresh Start (The Gameplay)
Developer: Chicken Launcher
Publisher: Merge Games
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
No. of Players: 1 (Single System)
Release Date: NA/EU: September 14, 2023
File Size: 2.9 GB