Moving Out Nintendo Switch review – couch (and fridge and TV) co-op
Excerpt – to me, to you! (Image: Team17)
In the tradition of the multiplayer classic Overcooked, there’s a game about moving and fighting with friends and family – and it’s great.
They say moving house is one of the most stressful activities the average person can do. This probably says more about first world comfort than the process of boxing everything you own and moving it to a new location. Stressful or not, although it never seemed an obvious topic to turn into a video game, but the same goes for a lot of great games, especially multiplayer games.
The obvious point of comparison here, especially since both are published by Team17, is Overcooked, the wonderfully silly cooking game where you try to collaborate with up to four others in running a restaurant by throwing ingredients at each other and trying to put together a burger while falling into a hot air balloon – among other unlikely scenarios.
With a similar top-down view, cartoon graphics, and a subtle disregard for common sense, Moving Out Removal Services does what Overcooked did for fine dining. It’s also the perfect game to play during lockdown as it involves something you can’t really do right now, and it’s a lot more fun to play with someone in the same room than if they were just online ( not that there are any online options, but that’s not the point).
When moving out, you and up to three friends try to move items and furniture from a house to the moving van waiting outside. Some of these are small enough for one person to lift while others may require more people to help. The furniture is always in the most uncomfortable shape (so the game is really realistic), and the game’s physics system means it’s very easy to just knock down pictures as you go by, smashing up entire walls.
This is always the other players’ fault, of course, and never yours, as everyone immediately accuses each other of not noticing the TV was still plugged in when you tried to move it. Not only does the physics engine simulate what happens when you ram a wall with a closet, but it does surprisingly well on the more complex question of what happens when a refrigerator door unexpectedly swings open or you fall into one with a block-shaped Tetris sofa Tailspin advised.
But just like with Overcooked, the relative realism of the first stages soon gives way to increasingly nonsensical scenarios in which you try to move on conveyor belts through a train in a factory while the truck drives next to you. Hunt pigs and chickens on a farm or navigate narrow sidewalks above a laboratory filled with toxic waste. Moving Out also frequently breaks out in pastiches of other classic games, from Frogger to Pac-Man, but never in a way that seems too desperate or alluring.
Just getting from A to B is not your only concern, however. If you want to get a higher reward, you need to figure out how to get things done faster and more efficiently. As with Overcooked, you can throw smaller items between two players, but for some reason it is considered perfectly acceptable to throw a dresser out of a window instead of taking it out of the door. Though extra goals sometimes reward extra points for not breaking anything, as well as more esoteric achievements like scoring a basketball hoop on your way out.
Excerpt – How Well Are You Going To Do A Man With A Van? (Image: Team17)
As with all good multiplayer games, Moving Out has a lot more nuances than it initially seems. The way you charge your truck is also an important strategic decision. If you throw everything in at random, you will quickly find that you have no place to work and all the big things destroy everything else the moment you try to get them in.
None of this is a bit pleasant on its own, but it’s all good together with friends, manic fun. While it feels more fictional and less free than Overcooked, with some of the attempts at showing wacky cartoon humor being pretty obvious (i.e. there are fart jokes), overall this is a much more pleasant excuse for a family fight than the one who left the toilet seat back on.
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There are some framerate issues on the Switch, and the price is on the bullish side, but there’s a decent amount of content and a lot of replayability here thanks to the different reward levels and some mini-games to unlock.
Moving Out is also one of the most non-player-friendly titles we’ve played in a long time. It has extensive customization options that allow you to customize the challenge for everyone from hardcore gamers to complete casuals, as well as a range of accessibility options from dyslexia to text size. Moving Out continues the proud tradition of doing miserable jobs into entertaining games and, if nothing else, is guaranteed to be the greatest fun you have ever had while moving a sofa.
Extract summary of the Nintendo Switch review
In summary: The best undressing game ever but most of all a fun four player co-op game that is perfect for creating family disputes that anyone can enjoy.
Benefits: Fun premise and a surprisingly complex physics system. Imaginative level design and many unlockable elements. Very accessible for every imaginable type of player.
Disadvantage: The cartoon craze can feel a little made up and obvious at times, and the core gameplay isn’t as versatile as Overcooked. Some frame rate issues.
Formats: Nintendo Switch (tested), Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC
Price: £ 19.99
Developer: DevM Games and SMG Studio
Release DATE: April 28, 2020
Age rating: 3
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