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Steam Genius

Move or Die

Customer-friendly game hits the right chords

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Move or Die

Move or Die brings the party game experience to Steam, with a series of clever mini-games sewn into quick rounds of platforming action. Move or Die seeks to strip the party game experience to its core. There’s no board, no flashing lights and little in the way of random elements. It’s just you, your friends and a bevy of largely skill-based mini-games, moving at breakneck pace towards the finish line. The result is something instantly enjoyable and easy to play in both bite-sized and marathon runs.

A self-aware humor permeates the game, inviting players to select their favorite narrator, each equipped with their own memorable jokes and transitions. The game will mock you and celebrate you, making jokes at the player’s expense regardless of victory or defeat. The playable characters are equally cheeky, featuring a T-Cup (yes, a tea cup) and Tiny Satan among their number. These subtle touches create a unique charm that sets Move or Die apart from your typical party game.

Gameplay happens both online and off, with snappy matchmaking for those seeking a party with other random players. Move or Die features sophisticated host migration, reducing the chance of disconnection. It can be hard to actually see an entire session through with the same set of players, but when one participant disconnects, the game replaces them with an A.I. bot until another can be found. More than a few times I have joined a session only to find myself at the end of a game, but sessions are so fast-paced that this rarely gets in the way of enjoyment.

Offline games can be played locally with a number of intuitive controller options. Most commercially available gamepads work with Move or Die, making set-up easier than some of its Steam contemporaries. In depth button-mapping even allows for multiple players to play on one keyboard, and though this option isn’t particularly comfortable, it’s appreciated by anyone who has ever come up one gamepad short at a party. The game’s pace makes losses easy to swallow and victories instantly gratifying, creating an electric local versus experience.

The developers, called Those Awesome Guys, live up to their name, with a firm anti-microtransaction ethos, guaranteeing regular free updates to the game instead of paid downloadable content. This means that players who purchase the game are never expected to pay another dollar, even as new modes, characters and features are added. With their recent “Green and Gold” holiday update, Those Awesome Guys have added an in-game store, making certain items purchasable through the use of an in-game currency. This currency cannot be purchased with real money and is only earnable in-game, in defiance of modern trends of post-launch content.

This pro-customer attitude extends to extensive mod support for the community. Player designed characters, maps and rules are not only available via the Steam Workshop feature, but are even promoted in-game between rounds, making popular mods just a click away from installation. Tools are included with the software for independent level design, encouraging the community to create and share limitless content with one another.

Move or Die impresses as both a local and online multiplayer experience. As the home PC creeps closer and closer to replacing the traditional gaming console, games like these are necessary to bridge the gap for casual gamers and families. Don’t stand still, move on this one for some wholesome platforming fun—Tiny Satan compels you!

Find the whole package online at moveordiegame.com.

 
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