Switch version tested
Review code provided
You know, moving too much can give you a heart attack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack
I’m not sure if the devs intended on getting Billy Joel stuck in my head the entire time while playing this game, they definitely succeeded. You oughta know by now (heh) that it can happen very easily. Anyways…
Couch co-op games have gone by the wayside in the past decade, thanks to online multiplayer. Thankfully, with the massive success of the Nintendo Switch and the rise of indie games, couch co-op has started making a comeback. Moving Out continues the trend with chaotic and whacky arcade-style gameplay.
You and up to 3 of your friends play as employees of Smooth Moves moving company. You have to frantically move everything out of the customer’s house as fast as possible to achieve either a Bronze, Silver, or (preferably) Gold medal. After you earn one of the 3, you unlock 3 different challenges. Some task you with not breaking any windows, while some may want you to break all of the windows. There are also several level-specific challenges depending on surroundings and obstacles. This adds a lot of replay value to an already fairly packed (pun TOTALLY intended) gaming experience.
There are 30 main levels set across a small town map. In addition, you can unlock several “Arcade” levels by collecting coins that you earn from completing the level challenges. These usually consist of you running a package through a maze of obstacles and across a finish line or tossing boxes of random junk into a moving truck with the help of different contraptions.
Loading furniture and boxes into the moving truck takes a bit of strategy. At times you’ll want to load the big furniture (beds, refrigerators, couches, etc.) first and toss the boxes on top. Different appliances present different challenges, as well. TV’s are plugged into the wall and take some pulling to unplug which usually snaps you into a short spin. Once everything is securely loaded into the truck, the level is complete.
The game is very accessible to players of all ages and experiences. You can enable an assist mode which gives you access to options such as increasing your time limit, the ability to lift heavy items more easily, and even making items disappear once loaded into the truck making it easier to finish loading everything. I really like that they included these options so anybody can enjoy the game regardless of how good (or bad) they may be at video games.
Without a doubt, my favourite part of the game is the variety of strange and quirky characters. From a normal female human to a man with a cup of ramen noodles for a head to a dog in a wheelchair with an eyepatch… actually, any character can be customised to have a wheelchair. In fact, there are tons of customisation options. Colour swaps (of course), hats, facial accessories, and several character-specific customisations such as being able to change the chopsticks in the noodle cup to a spoon or the toast in one character’s toaster head to waffles. It’s so much fun to check out all the different little details you can change with each new character that can be unlocked through regular gameplay.
While the controls can feel a bit clunky at times, it’s perfect for this arcade type of gameplay. The graphics are charming. The music is catchy. The humour, while sometimes a bit on the cringeworthy side of corny, is oftentimes pretty hilarious. For $24.99, you definitely get your money’s worth out of Moving Out and it is the perfect title for some all-inclusive multiplayer fun.
TBG Score: 8.5/10
Platform: PC, Xbox, Switch, Nintendo
Release Date: 28/04/2020
No. of Players: 1-4
Category: Simulation, Party, Strategy
Developer: SMG Studio
Download link: eShop