While mostly staying true to the formula of the original, there’s just enough new polish and fun to make it worth a fresh look
While it seems most people who are into co-op games gravitate to Overcooked as the definitive indie game to beat in the space, even in its original incarnation I’d make a case that Moving Out gives it a serious run for its money. Rather than living exclusively in the space of the kitchen and hyper-focused on every aspect of food prep, Moving Out is focused on everyone’s favorite activity: Moving day! While I wouldn’t recommend the experience in single player (it’s playable, it’s just not the same at all), with some friends or now the option to hook up with others (cross-platform, thankfully) online, it can be a silly blast. While, in principle, much of what made the original great is still there, the people behind this sequel seem to have figured out how to dial it up to 11, starting out more traditionally but then putting you into all sorts of bizarre and ridiculous settings, dealing with new complications and challenges. Throwing things and smart teamwork are really a key to success, but while direct communication certainly helps there does seem to be a certain organic flow to things if you’re paired with other people who pay attention. Throw in loads of often silly additional objectives you can go back to claim and all around this is a well-made and smart sequel that packs in fun even more efficiently than the original.
Justin Nation, Score: