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Monday, June 24, 2024

Tools Up! A Spawning Point Review

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Replayability:
8
Gameplay:
7.5
Graphics:
6.5
Co-operative
7
There is a lot of fun to be had with Tools Up! While there are other games out there with similar gameplay you could find many less worthy of your time and money. If you’re looking for a crazy team-based co-op game that can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels then you would be wise to check out Tools Up!

Who doesn’t love decorating with friends?  

I’m always on the lookout for some couch co-op madness as these were some of my fondest gaming memories from my younger years. One of the latest to try and take up some of that sweet sweet hard drive space on our consoles comes from developer The Knights Of Unity. 

Tools Up! is The Knights’ very first solo project having previously ported titles like PC Building Simulator to Nintendo Switch and working in part on developing other titles like Scythe, Disco Elysium & Gwent: The Witcher Card Game.

But will this be an easy weekend of decorating with friends or a DIY disaster?

Come grab a paintbrush, pop on your overalls and beware of any spillages as it’s time to Tools Up! my friends.

What Is Tools Up!

Tools Up! casts you as a team of decorators who need to complete jobs within a certain timeframe ranging from simple tasks like painting the walls to carpeting the floors. The game then slowly introduces more challenges like wallpapering and knocking down or rebuilding the walls themselves. Unfortunately, this team doesn’t instill you with much confidence as they manage to crash their van before they even start the first job.

Gameplay

The gameplay in Tools Up! as a whole is pretty fun, things can go crazy as you can drop stuff or slip on paint causing all kinds of mayhem. The most fun I had was on one of the later ice-based levels where part of the floor is frozen over allowing you the opportunity to pick up an item and drift like you’re playing Burnout. 

There is a bucket in nearly every level and this is a multipurpose item, firstly you will use it as a bin to put any rubbish in to empty outside once it is full, this will save you a lot of running around. Later the bucket is used for mixing cement and paste as well as mortar for wall building. This is where things can get a little confusing. There will come a level where you have paste as well as cement and mortar all available and it’s easy to forget which white box or bag contains what and which is needed for the particular task, the game could use a little more clarity with the instructions on these levels.

 

How does it play?

The controls are very simple and easy to use with actions like pick up/put down, do action and throw all on the face buttons, with the L1/R1 buttons being used to rotate the camera when you have a hold of the blueprints.

You also have the option to throw most things that can be picked up, including your fellow decorators. This helps when it comes to tidying up, the game will ask you to complete all jobs and tidy up to receive full points which requires moving all items out of the house. Luckily for you none of these properties appear to have any roofs so you can just throw everything over the walls, just a tip from me though, the paint cans never have lids on them so don’t go throwing those around.

Is It Fun Though?

Playing the game solo can be enjoyable but as you can imagine from this type of game Tools Up! is best played with friends. You can of course play and complete every level solo if you wish to but many hands make light work and we all have that one friend who will want to take charge and boss everybody around. If you find that your self-appointed leader has a rather large vein showing on their head or others are struggling to keep up the game does offer the option to be played without a time limit allowing for more planning and inevitably more mistakes to be made without you having to restart the level over.

Tools Up! has this surprising retro feature whereby if you progress through the game you unlock more characters and believe it or not you don’t have to buy any DLC pack or open any loot boxes to do so. This is nothing major as the different characters are all cosmetic and all play the same but it’s incredibly rewarding to unlock characters by just playing and enjoying the game, if only some of the big publishers would similarly reward their players.

Conclusion

There is a lot of fun to be had with Tools Up! Whether you just want to feel like the greatest one-man painter and decorator team or to have something to play when your buds pop around with their controllers.

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There is a lot of fun to be had with Tools Up! While there are other games out there with similar gameplay you could find many less worthy of your time and money. If you’re looking for a crazy team-based co-op game that can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels then you would be wise to check out Tools Up!Tools Up! A Spawning Point Review