More Hitman Go than Hotline Miami, Serial Cleaner features all of the qualities that made this genre of title so addictive. From the fantastic jazz soundtrack to the (something about art style here. I know the art style but what is it), Serial Cleaner on Nintendo Switch will keep you coming back for more.

Serial Cleaner is completely different to its genre cousin (would that genre be massacre clean up sim?), Viscera Cleanup Detail, where you’re cleaning up the aftermath of various sci-fi horror events. Set in 1972, Serial Cleaner has you working as a professional cleaner, tasked with removing bodies, evidence and blood from crime scenes without the local constabulary noticing. That, and the fact you clean up blood with a hoover (not a Henry Hoover as that would make Henry look sad). I don’t know if cleaning up with a hoover works but I’m going to go with probably not.

Each level takes place in a different location ranging from the offices of a newspaper to the camping ground of a hit gone wrong. The variation is not just in name and graphical style but in the challenges posed by the surrounding scenery. Take the offices of the newspaper for example; small rooms, with limited walls to hide behind and blood pools sprayed in an area that dare you to take a risk. Dodging the sight cones of police to complete a drive-by hoovering is a thrilling prospect because if you mess it up, you’re back to the start of the level. No save points, no remorse.

The Nintendo Switch is a perfect home for Serial Cleaner; its pick-up-and-play gameplay means it’s ideal for a quick 15 minutes here and there. From a gameplay point of view, it's more Hitman Go than Hotline Miami. It does manage to embrace one of Hotline Miami’s key accolades. The ‘just one more go’ effect is rife in Serial Cleaner as each mistake that leads to your capture is all down to you; the gameplay mechanics are so tight that you will only be at fault if you are caught. It’s what made Hotline so addictive because you knew that if you hadn’t stepped one step too soon, you would still be alive. There is a key gameplay difference between the two that puts Serial Cleaner on the wrong side of the firing squad. Every time you fail a mission, the bodies and items are placed in new random locations. What made Hotline Miami so tantalisingly addictive was learning the locations of items and enemies before putting a new strategy into action. By moving key items, that sense of trial and error is lost.

If you’re looking for a game that will pass the time without being too strenuous on your bank balance before Christmas, then dip into Serial Cleaner. In 1972, Atari released Pong, an addictive game that although simple in nature proved a challenge for years to come. Serial Cleaner is a refreshing hybrid of Hitman GO and Hotline Miami with a cracking jazz soundtrack. Buy it or gift it now.