Ever wondered what it would be like to be a professional mover? No? Me either. Though with Moving Out you play as a newly certified Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technician—aka FART. Pretty funny eh?
Developed by SMG Studios, they are no strangers to making party hits such as Death Squared and Super One More Jump. Moving Out is a surprisingly fun party game that will keep your family laughing and playing for hours on end.
Moving Out Details
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch
Developer: SMG Studio
Genre: Strategy, Multiplayer, Simulation, Party
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Welcome to life as a newly certified F.A.R.T.
The story behind Moving Out is simple. You are the newest member and newly certified Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technician for a startup moving company called Smooth Moves. You, and up to three other friends, set out to grow the business and become the shining star in the town of Packmore.
As simple and straightforward as the story is in Moving Out, it perfectly fits the genre and wastes no time with a long winded complicated affair. Moving Out is all about having fun with your friends and family and SMG Studio has done a great job in getting the fun started within minutes of playing.
Immediately understandable and easy-to-pick-up gameplay
Much like the game’s story, Moving Out‘s gameplay is simple, straight forward, and easy to pick up. Jump, throw/slap, grab and get hints as you grab items from the house as fast as you can and put them in the moving truck by any-means in the allotted time. Of course, it’s never as easy as going from point A to point B. Or is it?
Your on the job training starts right away and obstacles just as oil, mud, swimming pools, and cars are gradually introduced. You and your friends must work together to clear paths and get furniture, appliances and sometimes even animals into the moving truck. Since time is of the essence, one of the things my family and I had fun with was trying to find shortcuts.
Whether it was trying to get a couch down from the second floor of a Summer Chalet or getting a sheep into the moving truck at Snotts Berry Farm, we had a blast figuring out the fastest way to do it. As your reputation grows, you unlock a colourful cast of characters to play as.
Accessibility with Assist Mode
I’ve always been a big believer in allowing gamers to enjoy playing a game in a way that suits them best and the team at SMG Studio has done just that. The team has included an Assist Mode, which allows you to customize nearly every aspect of gameplay.
You can add longer time limits, reduce the difficulty, and make objects disappear as you load them into the truck—just to name a few. As a result of these modifications, the developers, in multiple ways, make Moving out more fun for everyone.
Off the wall physics with destructible environments
Visually, Moving Out is bright, colourful and the cartoon-like graphics fit the game well. What really shines are the game’s physics and the “destructible” environments. Items bounce and fly as you throw them and doors flap open with the slightest touch. And, nearly everything in each of the houses is destructible and can be used to your advantage.
Windows, vases, and railings shatter with ease all helping you with possible exits to get the items out of the house and down to the truck. The game’s comedic humour comes through via dialogue snippets between levels that put a smile on my face more often than not.
Moving out is the perfect party game that you can enjoy with your family at home
Moving Out is a pleasant surprise that brought joy to my family everytime we played. The gameplay is extremely easy to pick up and play. While you can play by yourself, it is nowhere near as fun with two or three other players. Action on the screen can become chaotic at times but that is half the fun of the game.
There are quite a variety of different houses and level types throughout the game. Assist Mode is a game changer for Moving Out as it lets all types of gamers enjoy this whack and comedic game. If there is one thing I feel that is missing from Moving Out, it’s the lack of online play. While I understand the game was designed around local couch co-op, I would have liked to see an online multiplayer mode.
In the end, Moving Out has become one of my favourite party games that I can play with my family. And, at a time when we are all home trying to stay safe, Moving Out is the perfect way to spend time with family and have fun doing so.
+ Straight forward, easy to pick up and play gameplay
+ Accessibility options allow all types of gamers to enjoy the game
+ Working together as a team is fun
+ Great variety of houses and level types
+ Value priced with a ton of replay value
– No online multiplayer modes
OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF MOVING OUT
Lasting Appeal/Replayability: 5/5