While it aspires to deliver a family-friendly fun and hectic co-op experience it gets lost in the weeds
Oh Overcooked, what a path you helped to pave with the well-refined concept of a teamwork-oriented co-op multiplayer game families could enjoy and/or let tear them apart. Camped Out is absolutely looking to occupy that same space, as many others have, but with a different theme and environment, this time choosing the great outdoors and camping as the focus. You’ll need to try to work together, apart, in parallel, or by whatever means necessary to get together your tent in multiple steps, campfire, and get everyone fed and to bed before it gets too dark using a variety of tools you’ll initially throw out of your backpack. In principle this could work out, but it’s in the details where things begin to go awry, especially with what are obviously purposely-added elements that complicate matters. The worst offender is the squirrel (who is an absolute demon) who’ll take away any materials laying on the ground. You know, the ones where you could try to use teamwork with, having one person creating resources while other people consume them in the name of efficiency. Another frustration can be pinecones that will randomly fall and knock your people out, especially when you’re on the periphery of the woods (like to chop trees) and can’t see their incoming shadows very well if at all. I don’t know, for the first few stages my family just wasn’t quite sold on the experience, but the further we got the more aggravated we got because the game seemed too determined to create random chaos and work with purpose to undermine attempts to coordinate in an organized fashion. Perhaps that sounds like it could be fun to some people, but for groups with members of varying skill levels and experience I can’t see much fun to be had here.
Justin Nation, Score: