I have recently told you all about my love of Moving Out by developers, DEVM Games and SMG Studio, and publisher Team17 Digital LTD. This crazy solo and couch co-op title has you working together as a team of house movers. You must lift boxes and items of all shapes and sizes, aiming to get them to the removal van quickly and safely. Sadly, not everything goes to plan, and you must work around many obstacles to succeed and gain each gold medal.
I will not go into anymore detail about the base game, but if you want to know more, then read my review here! What I’m looking at today is the latest DLC released to enhance this wonderful title. Moving Out – Movers in Paradise was brought to the market by exactly the same team as the original, so it’s fair to assume that this will match up to the high standards already set.
Even tropical islands need a removal crew.
We’ve moved all the furniture from one house to another, spending all our time in a town setting, so what happens now? Work hard, play hard, so it’s time for our well worked team to take a break on a tropical island. Well, not entirely correct, it’s time for them to have a rest after they have moved all the furniture in this beautiful archipelago. New setting, new mechanics, but same glorious gameplay!
This DLC adds another layer of quality gaming to the brilliantly laid foundations. So what do you get for your money? 23 new levels, 4 new movers to use, and 1 buried treasure to unearth. After all, it wouldn’t be a desert island without any treasure to unearth. Packmore Island is a great backdrop for the madness that ensues, you are guaranteed to; laugh, cry, and scream at loved ones as you desperately try to move suitcases, trunks of gold and more.
This family friendly game is great to play with gamers of all ages, but be prepared to lose your cool as your well made plans get ruined by the kids’ inability to follow orders. If you then consider the new mechanics; moving platforms, ladders that create new paths and the crabs. This new addition is more challenging than the base game.
New mechanics will make you cry!
The moving platforms are easy to navigate in theory, but when you have many people trying to jump them while holding furniture, it takes plenty of agility and dexterity. You’ll need patience, great communication skills, and plenty of luck on your side.
The ladders like the moving platforms should be easy to use, but if you misplace them, they can fall into the chasms they span, and you will follow them into the depths, shortly followed by your untimely death. You may think “well place it correctly then!” With time ticking away, and your team screaming at you to move faster, that’s easier said than done.
Crabs……those annoying pincer wielding crustaceans! They get in your way, move the items you are looking for, and kindly unload your van for you. If it isn’t your children you want to scream at while playing this, it will be the crabs for sure!
These new mechanics add a greater depth of difficulty. It was nice that the developers made the game harder. I dislike when DLC is released that adds little content, and next to no game time. Fortunately, Movers In Paradise has a full achievement list, and will push the most adept players to their limits.
A similar look, but a calmer audio.
Little has changed with the visual approach from the developers. It’s a case of if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. The brilliant cartoon style and vivid colours work perfectly with the tropical setting. The new character models look great, and there were no issues with performance even when the action was hectic. I loved the use of warm colours, it made this add on stand out from the cool tones used in the original city.
Movers In Paradise has moved away from the game show music experienced in Moving Out. You are now treated to a delightful Caribbean themed soundtrack that is relaxing, fun, and will bring a smile to your face. It was a little strange that this chilled out style played out as you ran around like a headless chicken. Though it was weird, it worked well with the theme and the mad style of this game.
Easy to play, but you may smash a controller!
You begin your trip to Packmore Island with a straightforward tutorial. This follows the same process as before, but gives you a quick overview of the new mechanics. That is with the exception of the crabs, they are a nasty surprise that comes later. I said in my Moving Out review that 4 and 6-year-olds can play this, I stand by that, but this doesn’t mean they will be much help in your moving team. Many smashed controllers may be the side effect of playing this with the youngest members of your family, so just remember you have been warned!
If you keep all your peripherals intact, you’ll get to play through 23 new levels of madness and fun. These stages all use the timed scoring system, so to gain all the gold medals will require many hours and a high level of skill. Add to that the full 1000 Gamerscore achievement list, and you have a lot of reasons to return to play. At £5.99 it proves to be great value for money, and a worthy addition to your couch co-op gaming library.
DLC isn’t always worth it. How about this one?
I have purchased many DLC packs in the past and several have disappointed me. Happily, I can say that I wasn’t let down by Movers In Paradise. Though the concept hasn’t changed a lot, the addition of 3 main game mechanics makes this worth playing. If you love Moving Out, you won’t be disappointed with this, so buy it here! Grab your passport, jump on the boat and help the people of the Packmore island move house.