Moving Out

LQ: 8.55

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Brain grade: 8.2
Fun score: 8.9

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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Moving Out is a couch co-op game where you play a mover who has just started their first day on the job with the Smooth Moves furniture company. Your job is to move all of the customer’s possessions into the truck within a specified time frame. However, unlike movers in real life, your character has to contend with alligators, ghosts, flamethrowers, and a whole host of other obstacles. Players can pick up items, throw them, and jump through windows to create faster moving routes and help shave precious seconds off their time limit. 

Each “job” has a different setback and requires the players to work together to successfully load the moving truck. In the co-op mode, certain items such as refrigerators and couches can only be moved by two people working together. 

Moving Out also features an accessibility function which uses a font intended to aid dyslexic readers.


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Moving Out  helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

 

Time Management: Being efficient and aware of our use of time and effort. 

Each moving job you are assigned must be completed in a certain amount of time. The longer you take to complete the assignment, the lower your score. Eventually, you can just run out of time completely, forcing you to leave items behind. As the clock ticks, reminders pop up on the screen encouraging you to keep going but also warning you to move faster. For players who struggle with completing tasks under pressure, Moving Out is a way for them to practice this skill in a low-stakes environment. Because your character can try the moving job again or simply move to another job, the player can start by repeating easier levels until they feel more comfortable with the time constraints of more difficult levels. 

 

Flexibility: Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations. 

The requirements for each moving job level are the same-load the truck up with all the required items in the specified amount of time. However, the obstacles you will face change as you move from job to job. Players need to be flexible in how they approach the moving of objects and be ready to make adjustments in upcoming levels. 

Flexibility is also important when playing in the two player co-op mode. Because both of you have a separate controller and a separate character, you need to communicate and work together to move certain heavy items while still navigating the course. Players who are not used to being flexible can use Moving Out as an opportunity to work on communicating with another person to achieve a goal, or even just working outside of their comfort zone on a task.

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