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"Short but sweet - a relentlessly imaginative adventure from Double Fine that never wears out its welcome." - PCgamer.com
"The Russian nesting dolls of Stacking are every bit as enchanting on the PC as they were on consoles." - GameSpot.com
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From Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions, explore a vintage world inhabited by living Russian stacking dolls as you jump into more than 100 unique dolls and use their special abilities to solve a wide variety of puzzles & challenges. Play as Charlie Blackmore, the world’s tiniest Russian stacking doll, and embark on an adventure to rescue Charlie’s family from the nefarious industrialist known only as the “Baron.” This imaginative 3rd person puzzle adventure game will take you on a journey from a bustling Royal Train Station to a high-flying Zeppelin as you collect unique dolls and matched stacking sets to display in Charlie’s secret hideout, where you chronicle your adventures.
Continue the Stacking adventure with The Lost Hobo King DLC pack, included free in the PC version!
In the Lost Hobo King, the first downloadable expansion for Double Fine’s Stacking, players once again assume the role of Charlie Blackmore, the world’s smallest Russian stacking doll. Charlie travels with his hobo friend Levi to the mysterious kingdom of Camelfoot, the mythical resting place of lost hobo king and his crown. Charlie must help Levi’s uncle, Rufus Ryken, reclaim his rightful throne by solving three tests of valor and reawakening the hobo blacksmiths of old. Only then can the crown be reforged, enabling Rufus to become king and unite the fractured hobo people under one sardine. The Lost Hobo King features a complete adventure with several new challenges, each with multiple solutions, an all new assortment of unique dolls with engaging abilities, and a new round of hi-jinks to discover and make trouble with. Only the worthy can reclaim the crown of Camelfoot!
a wonderfully whimsical rompdamienjameswebb | Feb. 3, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »
when i was reading pre-views for this game i was sooo excited. it has everything that i think enjoyable. puzzles, pantomime, family, and Victorian era whimsy. the gameplay mechanic is simple, you use the talents of yourself and others to solve puzzles and save your family... by taking over their bodies!
its simple enough but that's what makes it so good. you can finish levels many different ways and at your pace. there's enemies to defeat, but no fighting, this is a family game remember?
the only flaw is that i wish it was longer. there is an add-on, but it wasn't enough once you figure out all the different ways to finish the puzzles.
Extremely happy with this purchaseashleymurray | Nov. 16, 2013 | See all ashleymurray's reviews »
What a breath of fresh air. This game has memorable characters, fun puzzles and a unique approach to adventure gaming. A serious issue, child labour, is broached but there is a light atmosphere to keep things from being too drawn out and emotional. It's simply lovely to play a game that is different and isn't your same old shoot-em-up slash-and-grab. Do I have any complaints? The length. I've had this game for a day, played about 3 hours, and I'm more than 60% of the way through. There are side puzzles and characters to collect, which I have been doing, but it still doesn't take long.
My first exposure to Double Finemagusonline | Nov. 13, 2013 | See all magusonline's reviews »
At a glance, the game via screenshots and videos had absolutley no appeal to me. However, after giving it a try on my friend's XBOX, I had no choice but to see what it was like.
Initially I did not like the art direction of the game. But again, a personally biased opinion. However, I did like the concept behind the mechanics. Using Matryoshka dolls to "devour" smaller people and obtaining their powers. Reminds me of something between Katamari Damacy and Kirby's Dream Land.
Anyways, the game's highest point for me, was finding a mechanic doll that had the ability to fart. Which was all I ended up doing, until I realized the farting actually had a purpose (farting into an air vent to ruin a party).
I'd give the game a shot if you want to pay the smallest bracket, that's fine. I would too.
Solidlightlurker | Oct. 17, 2013 | See all lightlurker's reviews »
This game is interesting, simple, clean in design and could be played by different ages. It is enjoyable, but not necessarily the best or worse game out there, its rather average when it comes to the actual game play. That being said there are three solutions to just about every puzzle and hidden secret dolls that can add for replay value. Probably best to get in the humble bundle or on sale.
Double Fine Deliversbwrussell | Sept. 30, 2013 | See all bwrussell's reviews »
Stacking is a unique puzzle game where you use a plethora of Russian stacking dolls to solve challenges, explore, and just goof off. As far as mechanics go this game is unlike any other in it's genera but somehow is still intuitive. You almost never will be left guessing the rules of the world or fumbling at the controls. The challenges are fun, mostly intuitive, and a hint system will never leave you stumped. The world is well built and detailed and the various dolls are really works of art but they are more than just pretty. Not only does each doll have a unique ability but their size, age, gender, and profession change how other dolls react to them.
In true Double Fine fashion the writing and humor in Stacking is top notch. Once again they show the rare ability to write a child main character for an adult audience without alienating younger players. The humor ranges from fart jokes to surprisingly funny jokes about child labor. The setting is similar to the US industrial revolution and the plot revolves around rescuing your family and child labor, hence the previous line. There is no voice acting so cut scenes are played out like silent movies, with cards showing "dialog" between scenes. While a little slow, it conveys the setting and feel well and overall I enjoyed it. (Contrary to other reviews, you can skip cut scenes, R-click after a few seconds, but I would not suggest playing like that. Stop and smell the story). Personally I turned off the vignette overlay and opened the FOV but I understand immersion-wise why they are defaulted the way they are.
Stacking is not a particularly long but it's not too short either. With the multiple challenge solutions, unique dolls to collect, and hi-jinks (using different dolls unique interactions in various ways) it doesn't outstay it's welcome but provides plenty of value. The addition of the Hobo King DLC essentially provides a 5th chapter.
As far as stability goes, I had one repeated force close issue that I solved by running the game in XP compatibility mode. Overall it ran smooth and quick with no other hiccups. My play time was split right about 50/50 between a gamepad and mouse & keyboard with both working well and feeling good. The menus are a little cumbersome at different times with both setups but in game the control prompts display for the input system you are currently using which is always a nice touch.
My final word is a hardy recommendation. Unique but polished, Stacking can provide quite a lot of clever, humorous, puzzle solving fun for players of almost any age. Even the main menu is strangely entertaining.