Here at SpecialEffect we’re always looking for games that have accessibility features that help with controlling the game.
Moving out has an Assist Mode which has several options which could potentially make the game more accessible for many players and in this video we’re going to have a look at these.
The game is described by the developer as a “ridiculous physics-based moving simulator” and it can be played both solo and two-player.
The aim is to get the items out of the home and into the removal van within the time limit and there are also some optional objectives that you can choose to complete.
Moving Out is available for PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PS4 and in this video we’ll be focusing on the console versions of the game.
We will be looking at the PS4 version of the game but the controls use corresponding buttons for all consoles when using a gamepad.
First of all, let’s have a look at the default controls.
On all consoles Left Stick is for Play and Movement.
Cross is for Jump. That’s A on Xbox, B on Nintendo Switch.
L2 or R2 are used to Grab items. This is how you pick up any household goods that need to go into the van.
As standard you need to hold the button for the duration that you wish to hold the item. That would be Left Trigger or Right Trigger on Xbox One, ZL or ZR on Nintendo Switch.
Square is to Throw an item you are carrying or Slap if you aren’t currently carrying an item.
To Throw, by default, you hold onto the button aim with the Left Stick and then let go of the button to Throw the item. That would be X on Xbox and Y on Nintendo Switch.
Triangle is used to get Hints to appear on the screen. This will show you which items you need to put into the van as not everything in the house needs to be packed up.
By default if you are playing cooperatively with another player pressing the Hint button will also show how many people you need to move that item. That would be Y on Xbox, X on Nintendo Switch.
For all consoles each of the four D-pad directional buttons will control a different emote.
Once you have completed the first mission you go to the World Map where jobs are highlighted.
You navigate this map by driving the van which we do with the Left Stick. Press Cross to select the job that you would like to do. That’s A on Xbox, A on Nintendo Switch.
You can pick your Controller Layout by pausing the game and going to Settings and then Controls.
There are three other Control Layouts to choose from including a Left-Handed Mode and a Right-Handed Mode which move the majority of controls over to the relevant side of the controller.
You can also choose two Toggle options for Grab and Throw. You can choose to have either or both of these sets either Hold or Toggle. Toggle Grab means that you must tap the button once to grab onto the item, tap it again to let go. Toggle Throw means that you tap the button once to start the throwing process which means you can aim without having to hold. Tap the button again to throw.
The PC version of the game features remappable keyboard controls. However, there is not the option to remap a controller on console.
You can use the Accessibility Settings on your console to remap your controller on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. But this will not be contextual and any on-screen prompts will not change in line with the layout that you have created.
Assist Mode features a variety of options that you use to aid gameplay.
You can start with Assist Mode switched on or off at the very beginning of the game. If you start with it off but wish to switch it on at any point you will have to quit to the Main Menu. You can then switch Assist Mode on and continue your game. You will lose progress for the specific level if you quit part way through but you don’t have to restart the entire game. You can simply go back to the level you quit on and start it again with Assist Mode enabled.
Once Assist Mode is enabled you can choose which assists you want on. If you decide half way through a level that you would like to switch certain assists on or off you will have to restart that particular level.
Here are all of the included assists:
Long Time Limits: Each job has a time limit. However, by switching this option on you will get a longer time period.
Objects Disappear on Delivery: as standard, when you put items into the van the item will stay in the place that you put it. When stacking other items around it the van becomes quite full and items can also fall out of the van. This means it can take up more time trying to out them back in and trying to rearrange the van to fit everything in.
If stacking the van becomes difficult you can choose to make Objects Disappear on Delivery.
This means that once you have put the item into the van it will vanish meaning that you have plenty of space for the rest of the delivery as well. Items will not fall back out of the van once you have this option on.
Reduced Difficulty: this option removes any dangers within the level and also reduces any slow-down elements. An example would be that it removes traps that can be scattered around the level to slow you down and also there’ll be less traffic if you need to cross the road.
Enemies will also be slower when chasing you and will stay stunned for longer after you have slapped them.
Skip Level on Fail: if you don’t manage to successfully complete a particular level and would rather not keep trying you can choose to skip the level entirely.
Lighter Two-Player Items: when playing in two-player bigger items such as beds and sofasare heavier to lift and will require two people to move them. This is not the case in solo where you can lift each item on your own. Selecting this option means that objects are also light enough for one person to move them when playing in Two-Player Mode also.
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