PAX East 2019: Moving Out – First Impressions

Haven’t you always wanted to be a good FART?

Yes, a Furniture Arrangement Relocation Technician. What were you thinking?

Moving Out is from the team that brought you the breakout co-op title Overcooked, and it looks like they’ve got another winner on their hands. There are few things more delightful in life than trying to get a bunch of people to work together in utter chaos, especially when the chaos is cartoony, colorful, and involves no actual personal risk.

Our demo of Moving Out had four people playing at once, and we tried out the office and the haunted house levels. Basically, the idea is to pick up and move furniture out of one place and put it on a truck, and do it as fast as possible. Each area (and each item) comes with its own challenges, including things like not being able to fit something through a doorway, an item being too heavy for one person, or deciding whether you’d rather hang out on the truck and reorganize the contents so that everything actually fits.

Okay, so when writing this out, it actually sounds a lot like real life. But truly, it’s a lot of fun to figure out how to work together to be as efficient as possible—and to maneuver around obstacles, such as ghosts in the haunted house. That said, the ghosts were more of an annoyance than anything else—touching them zaps you back to the front of the house—and it might have been fun to have actual repercussions like reversing your controls, or possessing your character to move items off the truck for a time, things like that. There were also chairs that moved on their own in the haunted house… all right, fine, so we had the most fun in the haunted house level. But still! There’s plenty more fun to be had.

There was a bit of a learning curve with the controls at first, but essentially it goes: grab item, pull or throw item, go get another item.

Not particularly difficult in theory, but as anyone who has moved house knows, it’s easier said than done.

Moving Out releases later this year!


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