Moving Out’s epic Assist Mode makes it a much better solo game than Overcooked

Next week, the frantic Moving Out is getting a full release to close out what’s been an amazing month of games.

We’ve spent some time with a preview build of the game on top of the brilliant demo that released a while back, and have to be honest – this plays really well as a singleplayer game. Better than Overcooked ever has, in fact.

Naturally, the best way to play games like Overcooked and Moving Out is with a friend – preferably a family if you can. But people don’t always have that luxury, especially in these trying times.

Overcooked is a magnificent game but it’s really struggled as a solo experience, and I would argue Overcooked 2 made things much worse with increasingly challenging DLC. Moving Out is definitely more friendly to solo players, though.

There’s a bunch of neat accessibility options that really balance the game out more in favour of a single player. For starters, you can increase the amount of time on the clock, which is particularly useful considering some of the game’s more challenging stages.

Using the game’s in-built assist mode, you can also tweak and customise the settings to reduce the amount of obstacles in your way, and make bulkier items lighter.

You can also have it so a level can be skipped if you fail and even have objects disappear when they’ve been delivered. This last one is particularly useful as while you’re filling up the delivery van, items can fall out or take up room when you’re trying to cram in the big items. It can be a real nuisance on your own.

The options are all completely customisable, as well. You can have as many or as few of those assists as you like, tailoring an experience that feels right and natural to you. It’s actually brilliant as you’re essentially creating your own difficulty mode!

In Moving Out, you have to visit a series of different themed and styled locations, moving various objects out of the house and into the moving van. You’ll have your smaller items like boxes, TV sets, and microwaves, but will also have to shift things like fridges and corner sofas.

Even though it’s likely to be compared to Overcooked, there’s an element of freedom in Moving Out that’s not present in the dine-em-up. You’re not bound to making set dishes to appease your diners, but you will have bonus objectives to make the move as smooth as possible.

Like, if possible, you should try not to smash windows as it will deduct points. The problem is, it’s incredibly satisfying lobbing boxes out of windows and onto the back of your truck from a height and distance. Certainly a nice shortcut for a solo player who’s running low on time and has a decent aim.

We’ll have some more Moving Out coverage for you next week, but we just wanted to let you know that, unlike Overcooked, you can have much more fun playing this on your own and shouldn’t let that put you off playing what’s a great little game. Try the demo, seriously!

Moving Out Preview Build Supplied by Team 17

Played on PC

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Sam Diglett

Sam grew up with a PS2, spending hours howling at the moon in Okami and giving students wedgies in Bully. Fortunately, she also likes Pokemon because otherwise life could have been quite annoying for her.
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