A fascinating and truly unique game, Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor from developer Sundae Month offers something very different from most video games on the market. You are simply a spaceport janitor, wandering through the city and picking up rubbish, random interesting items, and quests to investigate dungeons. An average work day really. Full of humor and relaxed gameplay with an adorable world containing numerous quirky characters, it is a game very much worth your while.
The gameplay is extremely basic and literally just involves walking around the spaceport picking up rubbish. That is, until you pick up a mysterious note telling you there’s treasure in the dungeon, which leads to it’s own complications. Your character needs to incinerate rubbish to earn money and they can’t go to bed hungry, so at the very least you have to buy food everyday. Paying attention to some of the items you pick up is also useful as certain traders will buy certain things off you or trade certain things for items you may have. This can supplement your rather minuscule income and allow you to buy slightly more interesting food than the questionable items located in the spaceports vending machines.
There is no wrong way to play the game and you can’t lose. If things look like they’ve gone wrong then you just bumble along a slightly more haphazard set of events to your normal day to day routine. The main interest in the world comes from the strange characters present in the spaceport and their various dialogue options, which can give you information about the sort of ‘main quest’ you appear to have, but doing that isn’t exactly necessary and you can take as long as you want.
One thing that will certainly frustrate some people is the lack of a save feature. Essentially, if you want to try and get through the minimal amount of actual story you have to do it in one sitting. This is the only real complaint about the game as it makes dropping in and out of it difficult. Having said that, the game’s content can be played through in a very short time if you don’t spend too much time wandering about the spaceport.
Graphically, Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is nothing amazing, but then it’s not supposed to be. The peculiar 3D yet pixelated art style is entirely deliberate and fits in with the rather off the wall feel of the rest of the game. This is even highlighted by the graphics options when you start up the game. You can choose from ‘bad’ or ‘worse’. Despite the joking around, the art style fits the game perfectly although occasionally the sheer vibrance of the colors combined with the blockiness of the visuals can start to become a bit of a strain on the eyes, particularly during certain game sequences where some of the on screen effects begin to overlap and merge.
The music is very much like the rest of the game. It's not at all serious and rather charming. Each track compliments its section of the game very well and simply enhances the atmosphere. The sound design is also rather endearing with characters voices occurring in what we can assume is the strange language of the spaceport.
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is a pretty special game in many regards, It doesn’t try to do anything ground breaking but what it does it does it very well and in the process creates a replayable experience with multiple nooks and crevices that the player can miss on one playthrough and stumble into during another.