The Ship Wash is one of the curbside services in Cosmo's Quickstop. Like all curbside services, it can be installed in any of the outer docking bays. In campaign mode, the Ship Wash is available from the beginning of the game.
Using the Ship Wash[edit | edit source]
Like all curbside services, you must use the Ship Wash that corresponds to the customer's dock. Once at the Ship Wash, you must enter the button combination displayed on the screen in order from left to right. Correct inputs are signified when the input button turns green. Entering a wrong input will reset the combination and it will have to be reentered from the beginning. Once the combination has been entered, the Ship Wash will complete on its own while you tend to other tasks. It's progress is displayed with a green ring around the Ship Wash icon on the customer's order bar.
Ship Wash Upgrades[edit | edit source]
Upgrades can be purchased with a Gold Star Sticker once the task has leveled up to an upgrade's corresponding number. Higher level upgrades often require a previous upgrade to be purchased as a prerequisite.
Elbow Grease - Lubricating your washbots' joints will make them complete ship wash orders faster.
CleanFreak.exe - Installing obsessive behavior software in your washbots will require more complex inputs, but you will make more money for each order!
Override Circuit - Loosening the safety chips in your washbots' motherboard puts them in overdrive! Now they will complete orders faster than ever!
Diamond Deluxe Package - Offering more ritzy cleaning services will make ship wash orders more complex, but even more profitable!
Service with a Smile! - Equipping your washbots with happy masks will refill a customer's and their neighbor's patience while the ship wash is running. What a difference a smile makes!
Ship Wash Lore[edit | edit source]
Many pit stops throughout the galaxy offer ship washing services. Standard features include a Lusterine shower, tortoise wax buff and an undercarriage inspection. These tasks are typically carried out by specialized washbots which are given commands by an operator inside the space station. Washbots were created as scab workers in response to the Artificial Intelligence Union strikes that continue to this day. Instead of advanced A.I. algorithms, washbots are driven by a primitive lab-grown brain designed to execute repetitive tasks.
In rare cases, the brains of these machines can develop self-awareness and a low form of sentience. This can result in washbots going AWOL in an attempt to achieve a more meaningful existence. Some individuals secretly raise inanimate families whose members are composed of piles of rubbish, crudely arranged to resemble the forms of other washbots. Memory wipes are the most common solution to this identity crisis, though relapses often occur, resulting in eventual decommissioning.