Moving Out 2 is an extremely fun co-op game to play with friends and family.
Developer – SMG Studio
Publisher – Team17
Platforms – PC, Xbox Series XlS, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch (Reviewed)
Release Date – August 15, 2023
Price – $29.99 USD
*Review unit provided by publisher*
Moving Out 2 is here and it’s been three years since the debut of the series came out in 2020. Moving Out is a game designed to play with friends with your goal to move furniture out of buildings onto a truck while being timed. SMG Studio has made many improvements to Moving Out 2 adding a variety of game modes providing even more fun
We had the fortunate opportunity to review the game and I’m here to share my experience.
At the commencement of the game, you will be enthusiastically guided through a comprehensive Tutorial that not only imparts valuable knowledge on how to master the game mechanics but also provides an exhilarating sneak peek into the plethora of exciting job opportunities that await you.
In the first area of the game, called Packmore, you start your journey as a Furniture Arrangement and Relocation Technician (F.A.R.T). This area helps you practice different types of jobs to prepare for future levels. Your objective in this area is to move furniture out of a small house.
During my playthrough, I got very aggravated at Boxwood Farms, I encountered a challenging task that tested my patience. The primary responsibility entailed strategically allocating farm animals to designated areas.
When you unlock the ability to travel into the other dimensions of Moving Out 2 you’ll see three portals open up to Pactropolis City, Snackmore, and Middle Folkmore. The first one that’s attractive to enter for many players will probably be Snackmore because it looks sweet. This one is themed after your favorite candies and desserts, but don’t get too excited because you might have to go earn more stars in order to reach certain areas of the world.
In Moving Out 2 you have a F.A.R.T level that requires a certain amount of stars to level up. Completing objectives in this game is very important as it’ll give you more stars which will matter as you move further along. When starting a job for the first time, the only objectives that will show are the Pass Time and Pro Time.
When finishing your mission you’ll discover at least three other objectives pop up that you could’ve done unknowingly. More times than not in my playthrough I had to go back and playthrough to break all the windows in a level or deliver all the flamingos as a bonus. The challenges aren’t necessarily hard it just creates replayability for the game.
Brand New Characters
Moving Out 2 comes with a wide variety of characters to choose from and these are called your Co-Workers. When you first start the game you’ll only have access to a few characters and in order to add more Co-Workers you’ll have to find Character Crates.
Character Crates are found throughout the game discovered within the different dimensions or sometimes they are hidden very well into the levels. When completing levels it will let you know if you didn’t find a Character Crate or even a Style Crate.
The supposed variety of characters in Moving Out 2 is allegedly nice, but one might question whether they truly added enough options to mix and match the costumes. One cannot help but wonder if it falls short of expectations.
Moving Out 2 is made for Co-Op
When first playing Moving Out 2 I started the game doing a solo run and after a few jobs done, I realized this game is not made for it. Luckily, I had someone to play the game with for the ultimate Couch Co-Op experience and this is where Moving Out shines. You can play this game with up to four players locally or online which was a brand new addition to the game. Sadly I was not able to test the online feature during this review.
Playing Moving Out 2 Co-Op creates an enjoyable time providing great laughs and memorable moments along the way. Some challenges may happen as you go further along, but there isn’t anything that will make you quit the game.
Moving Out is a fantastic game that offers an immersive cooperative gaming experience. While it excels when played with a partner, it might present some challenges for solo players. Certain tasks, such as carrying heavy furniture, can be more time-consuming when you’re the only one handling them. However, the Assist Mode feature can help ease the gameplay for solo players, making the overall Moving Out experience enjoyable for everyone.
Moving Out 2 Is Good Lookin’
The art team at SMG Studio has truly outdone themselves with Moving Out 2. I must say, I’m absolutely in love with the incredible art style they’ve brought to the game. It’s a remarkable improvement compared to its predecessor. The attention to detail in the characters, levels, and different dimensions is nothing short of breathtaking. It’s evident that the art design in this game is truly a masterpiece.
The gameplay in Moving Out 2 is very simple and easy to understand for anyone jumping in for the first time. During my playthrough, if there was something that I’d say frustrated me was the amount of random furniture that would be in your way that you wouldn’t have to deliver. On some levels when there’s water below you or you’re up in the sky when items fall they’ll respawn. It’s understandable that’s part of the challenge, but I felt like the clutter on some levels caused frustration.
The throwing mechanic in this game is a very neat option, but there was one minor issue. I noticed that when you are pressing the button to throw there was not an option to cancel.
Another feature SMG Studio has for Moving Out 2 is the Assist Mode where it makes your experience enjoyable. The Assist Mode comes with Longer time limits, Objects disappearing on delivery so you don’t have to worry about the truck getting full and moving everything around. The assistant reduces the difficulty, Skip level on fail, Lighter 2P items (helping solo players), and Moving in Snap+ for when you move items into a building.
Moving Out 2 has great dialogue between Co-Workers adding personality to the game. Before and After you finish a level you’ll notice your Workers talking to each other and you’ll see that your boss talks about the job at hand.
Get ready for an exhilarating adventure! Embark on an epic journey through more than 50 exciting levels, where you’ll discover hidden collectibles, unlock captivating characters, and conquer thrilling challenges. Brace yourself for a gaming experience that will keep you hooked for hours on end, as you delve into the captivating story that awaits you. Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of excitement and endless fun!
Overall, Moving Out 2 is an extremely fun co-op game to play with friends and family. The game proves to be better than an Overcooked because there’s less rage involved and more enjoyment. For its price I think you get your money’s worth with the content Moving Out 2 has to offer.