Game review: Throw a sofa in couch co-op Moving Out, E-sports News & Top Stories
Moving Out, a couch co-op game, gets you and your friends to move virtual sofas and other furniture.
As with other games of the genre where players team up to play together on the same screen, this is a wonderful distraction for those of us currently stuck at home.
Up to four players are given a limited amount of time to move objects from one location.
While boxes and chairs can be moved by a single player, larger beds and couches require two players to coordinate their movements and maneuver furniture through narrow doors and narrow corridors.
The furniture, which includes L-shaped couches and giant stuffed animals, is bespoke to frustrate movers.
Players can speed things up by throwing the furniture out the window or over obstacles like a pond. Throwing items into the moving truck is also more time-saving than neatly stacking them.
While the controls are simple enough, they don’t feel consistent. Take, for example, the visual indicator that shows where an object will land if thrown. I found it very imprecise.
The game’s physics-based system – objects have inertia and are influenced by gravity – adds to the frustration. My character would move away from a platform when dragging a heavy object due to inertia. Or an object would move further than expected because there is no gravity in space (yes, there are certain planes that are set in space).
While the game starts off pretty mundane, it comes with increasingly treacherous challenges, from ghosts to flamethrowers. The locations are also shifting from the small town of Packmore to more distant and absurd places.
There are 30 levels, each with several hidden goals, which are only revealed after the first play through.
These goals can be as simple as bringing a particular object back to more sophisticated ones, e.g. B. the loading of furniture in a certain order. Achieving these hidden objectives will unlock even more challenging arcade mini-games. In short, there’s a lot of replayability for those who stick with the tasks set.
I found the standard difficulty level to be quite challenging. Fortunately, there is an assist mode that gives players a wide variety of options that affect the level of difficulty of the game. In addition to increasing the time it takes to move the furniture, players can also make objects disappear when they are loaded onto the truck, eliminating the need to stack items to fit them all in the truck.
Those who have played the Overcooked series of games published by the same developer Team17 will know the cartoon style of Moving Out.
However, the humor in Moving Out feels rather reserved. For example, players are known as Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technicians (or FART for short).
Unlike Overcooked 2, Moving Out lacks an online multiplayer mode. While Moving Out can be played solo, it’s not quite the same. For one thing, there is no one to blame if you fail a level.
Undressing is a mix of fun and frustration. When things come together it can be hysterical fun. But be prepared for your relationships with fellow players to be tested if you consistently fail a level.
Numerous options to optimize the level of difficulty
Physics engine can be frustrating at times
Lacks online multiplayer
Price: From $ 22 (Nintendo Switch; PC; PS4, version tested; Xbox One)
Genre: Cooperative party game