Move or Die: The Friendship-ruining Game [Review]

Have you ever thought that maybe you have too many friends? Would you like to ruin some of those friendships? Well, how about giving the game Move or Die a try?! On a serious note, we at DKCgaming don’t actually want you to ruin any special bonds you have with your friends, but the developer over at “Those Awesome Guys” will tell you that their new game, Move or Die, will do just that!

Move or Die

Move or Die Concept:

This game is a fast-paced party game for up to 4 players locally or online. The game mechanics change every 20 seconds or so, and will have you smiling and screaming at the same time. Oh, and did we mention, you either move, or you die… literally. Your health bar will deplete as you stand still, so on top of trying to win the various party minigames, players will need to also constantly be moving to ward off an explosive death.

Move or Die Daily Challenge

Move or Die Game Features:

·         4-Player Local/Online Multiplayer and Offline Practice Modes
Play as one of several outrageous characters on the couch with friends, online against people from around the world or battle devious bots offline.

·         Game Modes Galore
Choose from a huge and always increasing variety of hilarious game modes like Jump Shot, Chainsaw Backstab and Rocket Run, each with their own unique mechanics and level design.

·         Easy-to-Learn, Fast-Paced Fun
Move or die…literally. With not moving resulting in your character exploding and only 20 seconds per round, Move or Die is quick to pick up and incredibly fast-paced.

·         Leveling-Up System
Acquire crazy skins for your character and unlock new game modes as you squash your opponents online.

·         Daily Challenges and Missions
Work your way up the leader board and earn bonus XP by completing challenges and missions that change every 24 hours.

·         Regular Content Updates
New content, including game modes, characters and new features will be added on a regular basis to keep Move or Die’s friendship-ruining-o-meter high.

Move or Die mods
Some mods I created of some familiar gaming characters

·         MOD Friendly and DRM Free
Build your own characters, game modes, mechanics, levels, soundtracks and more. Includes Steam Workshop support, as well as a super user-friendly level editor.

·         DLC Free…Always
Everything in the game can be unlocked for free, no paywalls. No B.S. Period.

·         Striking Graphics and a Killer Soundtrack
Get your blood pumping with vibrant 2D graphics, as well as a heart-thumping soundtrack by Jacob Lincke.

·         Controller and Keyboard Support
Play with one or 4 controllers, a keyboard, a DDR pad…or…”Those Awesome Guys” even claim the guitar and drums from Guitar Hero will work. I think everyone will safely recommend a regular controller 😉

Overall Likes and Dislikes:

The Good – The game is the epitome of fast-paced; even the music is high speed techno/electro-pop goodness. Some may argue whether it’s good or not, but the minigames are all just about 20-30 seconds long, and in very little time after that, you’ll be thrown right into your next game. But don’t worry, there is still a quick screen with instructions before you start your next minigame, allowing you some time to view what the purpose and Move or Die Instructions screencontrols are for the next minigame. And on that note, the controls are simple and easy. This is the kind of game that is easy to pick up and hard to put down. There is also an achievement system and daily challenges that Very fun, very fast, and kind of quirky. Also, free DLC for life and Mod-friendliness is a major plus.

The Bad – The minigames are very fun, but if you don’t plan on downloading new modded minigames (or if there’s not much in the way of future DLC), they will get kind of old fast. Multiplayer with friends/online could add to the replayability, but if you’re riding single-player, the minigames will be somewhat repetitive after you’ve played each one a few times. And while the mod-friendly attitude is a definite plus, the DKCgaming authors have determined that it doesn’t appear that players can use modded characters in online games… whether you created them yourself, or downloaded them from the Steam Workshop. After reaching out to Nicolae Berbece, the man behind “Those Awesome Guys” I have been informed that the decision to not include mods in online matches was made in order to protect the experiences of others. Berbece went on to say “if we were to allow mods online, there wouldn’t be anything stopping players from using “no-life-drain” or “win-instantly” mods. That being said, all mods work perfectly fine locally.” The mod process is semi-easy to start, but it certainly could have been made a little easier to publish the mods.


8 out of 10!

Move or Die is incredibly fun, and the developers have made it easy to play such a fast-paced game, while still having the challenge that keeps you thirsty for victory. While the mod support could be streamlined a bit, it is still a feature that I personally believe bumps this game from a 7 out of 10 to an 8 out of 10. Creating mods will add freshness to the game for years to come. This game is definitely worth playing, and everyone should absolutely be sure to get your friends involved in it too, as you will create many frantic moments of scream-inducing joy!

Move or Die will be released on January 21st, 2016 on Steam for PC, Linux, and Mac. An early access review code was provided for the purposes of this review.



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