Cheap and Dirty Gamer: Cleansing Can Be Good or Super Bad


Throughout time, gamers have had numerous opportunities to take control of horrifying beasts and run around doing things that horrible beasts tend to do. We’ve been indoctrinated to believe that once given the reigns of monsters, we should go on rampages and destroy everything in our paths, never once considering that perhaps we have a choice in the matter. Cleansing, a game by Newgrounds artist aeveis (Dan Lin) challenges us to reconsider our place on the moral spectrum when wearing a crisp new pair of monster shoes.

I should point out that Cleansing is a very short, very simple game that is a refined version of something created at Ludum Dare 25.  This is great for most of you because your attention span is all but unavailable for a majority of the time throughout your day. You take on the role of a flaming dog demon with a unicorn horn that finds itself in the middle of the woods, a mystical barrier being the only thing between you and what I imagine is a pantry full of snack foods (your end goal isn’t really explained).

Your mommy can't help you now you little jerk!

Your mommy can’t help you now you little jerk!

I wasn’t sure exactly what to do until I noticed some sheep ahead, which put into context why I could attack with the “x” button. I slowly made my way towards the sheep, ready to pounce when I noticed that tiny blue blobs were also loitering around the wilderness. To get through the barrier, I was going to need to either eat all the sheep or eat all the blue blobs. With my mind opened to the possibility of being a helpful monster, I got to work eating the blue blobs and taking part in the titular cleansing.

I felt pretty good about taking the moral high ground until I got to the next stage and noticed all the people running around looking super scared. Obviously, they hadn’t realized that I was the one that rid their forest of those sneaky blue blobs. This was more than likely because those blobs could climb inside of the townsfolk and make them dizzy but also because they were also taught what a monster’s prerogative tends to be. I started doing my best to exorcise the blobs out of their victims, but got bored and decided it’d be more entertaining to just eat everything that got in my path. As bad as I felt afterwards, terrorizing people was way more exciting and before I knew it everyone was dead. Whoops.

There’s obviously a lesson to be learned, but the game was too short for it to sink in. That being said, it’s an interesting little time killer and may be a worthwhile component should you be trying to domesticate a monster.

Cheap and Dirty Gamer – Being cheap used to be an insult, but with the economy in the dumps it’s now a survival skill. Being dirty also used to be an insult, but that changed after Christina Aguilera’s song came out. Not all gamers have the funds to play full priced games, but that doesn’t mean that gaming quality has to suffer. There are good free and cheap games everywhere, games specifically made for the sexy survivors among us.