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The Queens are Back
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As you might suppose from its title, Cleaning Queens 2 is the follow up offering to the game that introduced us to Ana and Beth. These two characters were determined to conquer all manner of dust, untidiness and all manner of rubbish within their community. With this offering, Brave Giant Studio continues the adventures of the Cleaning Queens as they attempt to banish all forms of disorder from their community within a series of task based sessions.
Through the creation of profiles, different people can play Cleaning Queens 2 and have their progress recorded. Options are available to mute either or both the levels of volume for background music and sound effects with a choice of European languages, including English, for instructions and the printed dialogue from the game's various characters. There is also a choice of Easy, Medium or Hard difficulty levels during the multiple sessions of room cleaning action making up part of the game.
This game, as with the original title, splits itself into two distinct parts. In the first part you must collect Stars. These Stars can then be used to provide the resources to complete the second part of this story-led game of the work of the Cleaning Queens.
In order to collect the required Stars, you will be dispatched to a series of locations that require the attention of an cleaning expert - that's you. Each scene has the ability to be swivelled slightly left and right to give a complete view of the area to be cleaned. Items will need to be picked up, placed correctly, cobwebs removed, stains cleared, leaves removed, carpets cleaned and bad smells removed as part of the cleaning routine.
Appropriate tools will be provided, either as standard or as a reward for completing a mini game, to carry out these tasks. Included among the tools, arranged on the right of the screen, are a brush, spray, vacuum, paint roller and an air freshener. A tool must be selected before its use and, in some cases, dragged over the offending area in order to carry out its designated task of performing cleaning duties. Occasionally a tool will only work when used in the correct order with other tools.
With an appropriate number of collectible Stars, which can be replenished whenever needed, you can visit the second part of the game to carry out specific tasks which are spread out over a period of four days in the lives of Ana and Beth. Each task carried out by Beth and Ana will require the hand-over of a specific number of Stars. What follows is a series of tasks that need to be completed. These tasks involve actions such as repairing a sign, upgrading window flowers, replacing a welcome mat, cleaning a van, decorating a tree, trimming brushes and fixing a bird feeder. Apart from accepting these tasks, your only involvement will be to watch an animated saw and hammer carry out the actual task.
Several conversations between the game's five characters do occur and these also require the payment of a Star. These conversation do pad out the story line a little but you can cut them short by selecting a Skip option. A bonus chapter becomes available when the main game has been completed. This bonus will deliver more locations to clean. You also gain access to Wallpaper, Achievements and Soundtrack features.
This game can be downloaded from Gamehouse.com where it is priced at $19.99 or Big Fish Games with a £15.86 price point. The game requires a 2.0 GHz processor with 2048MB of RAM and 751MB of hard disk space running Windows 7 and later.
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