Moving Out is a puzzle moving house simulator game and is available this month on PS NOW. It shares a lot of similarities to the Overcooked series as both are made by Team 17. In Moving Out we have a broad array of environmental based madness and mayhem that sees you shifting and moving household items into the back of the van by any means necessary.
It could be by using the traditional front door approach or even a window. Pretty much every point of entry can be used as a means for getting things in and out of the house, that said of course bulky items such as beds and fridges only tend to fit through the front door. Compared to Overcooked, Moving Out seems to be a harder game to play. Anyone who’s spent time playing the Overcooked series can probably use a similar formula of who does what and when they should do it.
Although there’s no real easy way to recreate this kind of kitchen-based organization, it means assigning one person as the overall Moving Out foreman which then has them barking out commands and instructions but this method didn’t always work. There’s also a greater need here for more player cooperation and some of the heavier items such as beds and fridges must be carried by at least 2 people so you really do need to work together and in tandem to get these items safely squared away in the van.
This adds so much additional tension and potential to mess things up that it’s in this part of the game from my experience just how enjoyably frustrating Moving Out can be. While just getting the items out of the house is one thing but then you have to be able to get them to fit within the van. You can do this by carefully or not so carefully arranging the items in what’s really a 3D puzzle with things needing to be balanced on top of each other or just in the right way in order for you to be able to close the van doors.
Now again just like in Overcooked you’re rewarded in terms of the speed in which you complete each of the moves and there are 30 different levels to complete. Each of the levels also have their own sub goals and objectives for example some of them you are asked not to break any windows. In one of the levels, you need to get yourself run over by a car owner who’s on a caffeine high and if you’re able to complete all of these 90 sub objectives you will have access to a further 10 additional smaller games to play.
As for the overall art style and how it looks and sounds it’s all rather delightful and full of little references to the 1980’s. It also shows off a few game related nods to the 80’s characters such as Frogger, Pacman and a few other little characters I won’t spoil. Moving Out only has a single player option and is best played in co-op mode and ideally with the maximum number of four players at the same time. With 2 players things get busy enough although with 3 or 4 players things are at times utter enjoyable chaos.
One downside of Moving Out is that it doesn’t have an online option so there’s no way you can play with friends or random players online. Overcooked as we said before share a lot of similarities with Moving Out although this game adds that little extra bit of all round chaos which means right now it’s the most fun and best local co-op game you can play of the current generation. All of it feels so extraordinarily well done in particular the range of accessibility options which you can turn on such as an assist mode to turn down the difficulty.
You can remove the need for accurate objects stacking in the van, a dyslexia option, the ability to resize text, full button remapping and also a 1 handed option. The lack of online play is the only thing we would have loved to have seen added to this amazing game. Moving Out is a couch co-op triumph and anyone that enjoys the Overcooked games or like to have some fun with friends should definitely try out this game.
Moving Out has been permanently added to the PS NOW library.
*Requires an active PS NOW subscription to play this game.
Moving out shares a lot of similarities with the Overcooked series as the levels are fun and chaotic and is best played with 4 players for maximum chaos. The exaggerated physics and fun 80's theme is great fun and the only downside being that there is no online mode to enjoy with friends or randoms but it is one of the best co-op games out there.