Of all the things I hate in this world, there are a couple that is on top of my list. Gardening is up there because I do not have a green thumb and can’t keep a plant alive for the life of me. The other is moving. Man, I haaaaaaaaate moving! I hate packing and moving my things from house to house. And I also can’t stand moving others. It is so frustrating showing up at a specific time and seeing boxes still not packed or no moving truck. And yet somehow, DevM Games and Team17 took something I hate and created a wonderfully chaotic multiplayer game.
If you are familiar with multiplayer games like Overcooked, then you will understand the premise of Moving Out very quickly. You are a member of the very prestigious Smooth Moves company and must work to get furniture removed and loaded as quickly as possible. Each house has a different time goal, and you are awarded gold, silver, or bronze if you complete your tasks in the specified time. Much like Overcooked, you may have obstacles to overcome and must jump and throw furniture as quickly as you can.
Yes, I understand that I said Overcooked a few times in the previous paragraph. And the core gameplay in Moving Out is very similar to Overcooked. But let me clear that Moving Out has quite a few subtle touches that make it unique on its own. For starters, the homes in Overcooked can be quite large. Each home may have rooms all over the lot in which you need to run to and grab items for the moving truck. Since the homes are large, there are multiple pathways you could go through and less important furniture you may need to toss aside. The different pathways create a fun and chaotic atmosphere. I especially enjoyed jumping through as many windows as I could.
Another unique aspect is the bonus challenges. You can always replay a house to get a better time. However, you will have the option to accomplish bonus objectives if you so choose. You may be required to grab the family pet or keep the damage to a minimum. The three bonus objectives aren’t too cumbersome and are fun to try and achieve.
Besides these aspects, the fun comes with the types of furniture you need to grab. I found the different types of boxes and furniture to be super amusing. Yes, you will have boxes and beds to pick up. But there are different sizes of beds and couches that you need to navigate with. And some doors are bigger than others. Just picture the classic “PIVOT” scene in Friends when Ross was yelling at the others while moving the couch. And yes, I yelled this constantly when we would get stuck on a door. You need to carefully push, pull, and throw the furniture to make it in the time limit.
Moving Out supports single players, but let’s be real here. You definitely want to play with friends. My family had a blast playing through these houses. There was plenty of laughter as we played and lots of talking….and maybe a little yelling. But it was all in good fun! Playing with different friends and family increases the replayability in my opinion. You will want to go back again and again and try to do better in Moving Out. If anything, keep playing so you can unlock new movers to play as. You can enjoy it in single-player, but it’s not as fun as multiplayer.
The art design is perfect for Moving Out. The colors and characters are top-notch and add to the pleasing quality of this game. The sounds of busted windows and furniture are nice touches to the game. It looks like what you would expect from a family-friendly game.
Moving Out is launching at a perfect time. It’s a great multiplayer game that is a blast with friends and family. While similar to games like Overcooked, Moving Out feels a little wackier and is a great stress reliever during these difficult times. It encourages teamwork and strategy. If you need a great game to play with family members while stuck at home, then give Moving Out a try. There is a demo on the Nintendo Switch if you want to check it out!
Moving Out launches April 28th, 2020 on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.
Note: GameOctane received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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Great art design
Simple yet works really well with friends and family.
Single-player not as fun as multiplayer