Clean Up Time

• Publisher: Players
• Developer:
Release Date: 1986
Code: Karl Hörnell

GFX: Karl Hörnell
Music: Karl Hörnell

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 75%
Our Game Rating: 81%


FILE: cleanuptimeend.zip


> CLEAN UP TIME by Players

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Clean up Time is a simple platform game by Karl Hornell for Players software. It's a game I owned as a kid but could never beat it. It was just too damn hard. The aim of the game is to help contracted cleaners Otto and Bobban clean up each level of a hotel in order to progress to the next. You do this by sweeping up the litter as soon as you can otherwise various enemies will appear and drop more litter, making the task very difficult. The graphics are simple and colourful, with simple game play. There are only a handful of levels to beat, but it gets very difficult if playing this game alone. You get a few smart bombs which you need to use sparingly, but it's difficult not to use them when you are constantly pursued by the enemies. It's a tough little game that may appeal to avid platform game fans. I found it a little dull and too tricky. I was however determined to beat this one after waiting a few decades to try it out again.

The final level is complete!

Our heroes receive a bonus

The boss comes for a quiet chat...

But all is not well!

You've heard of the saying 'bash the Bishop'; this is 'bashing the boss!' The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I played and saved my progress as I conquered each level.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The final scene at the end of the last level is called 'INTERLUDE NR.4, PRESENTED BY OTTO: AT LAST, WE'RE FINISHED!'. A short tune plays as both Bobban and Otto are displayed below the title and the hotel manager is shown walking across the screen towards them. The manager says 'SORRY GUYS, BUT THEY'VE MESSED IT UP AGAIN. YOU'LL HAVE TO START FROM THE BEGINNING'. Bobban and Otto walk over to the manager and start beating the crap out of him before the game restarts at level one.


  • Neil: A decent little interlude before you have to replay the game again. It's not too bad considering it's age. It's a typical Hornell product that's well worth a go. 4/10.
  • Vinny: As I've mention before, I'm a big fan of those early Karl Hornell games and this is another of his early gems. Like Neil, I love the humour in both the game and the ending. 5/10 from me.
  • Brendan Phoenix: It would be a bit of a bugger to battle your way through and be presented with that. Better than the bloody game restarting from from the beginning I suppose.
  • Karl Hörnell (programmer of this game!): It felt a little weird to read the comments and reviews on your site. I hadn't thought anyone would ever bother to analyze the endings to my games. I guess I could have put some more thought into that part, but quite often the games ended up a lot more difficult than I intended, and it seemed wasteful to spend scarce memory resources on something that perhaps nobody would get to see anyway.

FINAL SAY: Typical humour from Karl. That manager got what he deserved.

G.E. RATING: 5 / 10

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