We all had a good laugh when Lawn Mowing Simulator was released and later added to Xbox Game Pass last year, but it ultimately proved a popular addition for many. Simulator games are clearly enjoying a resurgence at the moment, and the latest unlikely PC hit to join the Xbox lineup is PowerWash Simulator, which arrives on the service this Thursday.
The game is split into multiple modes, and the main offering is the Career Mode, in which you're given a selection of jobs from washing vans and dirt bikes to cleaning up larger areas like a messy kids playground or an entire house. You've got a variety of tools at your disposal, such as different extensions, nozzles and cleaning liquids that can be bought and upgraded at the in-game shop, and the key thing here is that you're not put under any pressure to be quick, so you can really take your time and chill out as you progress through the levels.
PowerWash Simulator's gameplay feels intuitive on an Xbox controller, too, allowing you to access everything you need with just a couple of button presses at most. At the end of the day, this is ultimately just a cleaning simulator with a lot of repetition, so some people are going to find more enjoyment out of the gameplay than others, but in terms of how it operates on console, we're more than happy with the controls. The only slight annoyance can be when you're searching for that last 1% or 2% of dirt, and even the dirt indicator button makes it difficult to see where you need to wash. Then again, that's also part of the appeal in some ways.
There are some other things you can do in PowerWash Simulator as well, such as the Challenge Mode which tasks you with washing against the clock or a water limit, the Specials section which requires you to clean unique locations like a mini golf course or the surface of Mars, and a Free Play mode where you can revisit your favourite jobs. All of these are enjoyable enough, and one of the best features of the game is that you can engage in online co-op, allowing your friends or random players to lend a hand with the cleanup. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to test this prior to release, but we're keeping our fingers crossed it functions without issue.
So, that's PowerWash Simulator in a nutshell. It's a really chill addition to Xbox Game Pass that you'll likely end up enjoying a lot if you're into this sort of thing, while others will inevitably think it's boring and too repetitive. It does what it says on the tin though, executing on its concept very effectively, while the addition of online co-op with cross-play between Xbox and PC is a great touch.