Justice Sucks: Recharged is Hitman but you're a roomba

Last year Australian indie studio Samurai Punk released Roombo: First Blood, a game about a killer cleaning robot protecting its home from burglars. In the upcoming sequel, that roomba is somehow trapped in "a Neo-90s multiverse" inside a television set, with each level a different sandbox world. It's called Justice Sucks: Recharged, and as part of PAX Online you can try out a demo on Steam.

Said demo sets you loose on a cruise ship with a band of "pop-pirates" who look like a Jet Set Radio gang minus the wheels. As an ordinary robotic vacuum appliance you can pass under their radar, stealthing about the ship until you're ready to unleash hell. That might involve shooting out objects you've sucked up, tinkering with nearby electronics to electrify a dancefloor or turn a kitchen robot into a whirlwind of death, or using one of your special powers—like the one that summons a muscular yellow avatar of justice to punch an enemy. See it demonstrated in the gif below, in which I also have a cat on me.

After you've murdered all the hot-pink pirates you've got a limited time to clean as much of the chaos as possible, vacuuming up blood and mulching bodies into bones and meat while cheery music plays. To quote from the press release, "Consuming their blood and gibs powers you up to use exciting new blood abilities." Which sounds nice.

Justice Sucks: Recharged should enter Early Access in late 2020 or early 2021. You can download the demo from now until September 20, when PAX Online ends.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.