Tools Up! DEALS
Whilst the theme is set around home renovation/do it yourself, it doesn’t take long that Tools Up! Takes a lot of inspiration from games like Overcooked. You can play solo, or up to three other players, and it’s your job to renovate various apartments spread over 30 levels. The game isn’t just about removing stuff, and moving furniture about, you need to lay floor and paint the walls. Thankfully none of these tasks takes hours on hours as it would in real life.
Where Overcooked has equal division of labour between players, Tools Up! Features a blueprint that lays out what needs to be done. Only players can be holding the layout at once, so communication is key (if you have someone playing with you) and they can also control the camera angle. This is a bit of a double-edged sword, because even though it encourages teamwork, it also makes for an asymmetrical experience that doesn’t suit all players.
Tools up! Features simple controls despite the hard work that has to be done, in tight timeframes, and this does make the game more accessible that Overcooked did. I feel that the game would work best in a family setting, where the most experienced gamer holds the blueprint, and then helps everyone else complete their tasks and have fun (unfortunately I was only able to play the game with one other player, but if I had enough friends, I think all 4 would have made it even more fun)
Besides being more accessible, the game is also more forgiving – you still work on a timer but the pace is far less hectic this time around and it’s much easier to keep your bearings. In a way, this puts Tools Up! Somewhere in between Overcooked and those other time management games that were big on mobile devices for a while. Only this time, the cooperation is less frantic, and the list of tasks you have to complete is far more meaningful and goal-driven. Tools Up! doesn’t have that competitive “lets try this one more time” magic that Overcooked has, but it’s a lovely family-friendly take on the formula.
Couch co-op games seem to be a bit of a rarity these days. Most multiplayer games as we all know are online, so I picked up this game, grabbed the second controller, passed it to the good lady and got to work on Tools Up!
- Proper couch co-op
- Fun family feel game
- Easy controls to play
- Music does start to get a bit annoying
- Playing solo – the time is very stretched
- Camera angle can be annoying as you need the blueprint to change the camera angle
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