If you’re a fan of the Overcooked series, taking on somewhat simple actions while under the gun, either playing solo or with some help, Tools Up is looking to capitalize on your appreciation for that style of play. Rethemed to instead deal in the home renovation and construction vein, the gameplay has a familiarity to it but is different enough that it isn’t completely derivative either. What’s nice is that your challenges in things like cleaning things up, and trying not to make mistakes that create more hassles in that space, generally feel fresh. The question is whether the way this plays out mechanically is able to live up to or even surpass the series that obviously played a part in inspiring it. Without being able to speak for the tastes of everyone I’d say for myself it doesn’t feel quite as varied, fun, or necessarily well-balanced in terms of the design and execution of the action. Still, if you’re looking for a decent alternative to chopping and cooking you may enjoy instead laying tile, painting walls, and making sure to clean up after yourself.
Justin Nation, Score: