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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!
Stacking to a Bigger Goalfaerie241 | May 12, 2015 | See all faerie241's reviews »
Stacking is a game made by Double Fine, the same video games company that brought the world Costume Quest. In this game, the player controls the smallest segment of a Russian Nesting Doll and solves puzzles with what may potentially be one of the most innovative and unique mechanics ever to grace a puzzle game. As the smallest doll, the player can "stack" within larger dolls to create sets that have unique abilities to solve puzzles. These puzzles are open to multiple different solutions, with rewards being given if you can solve the puzzle in multiple different ways. Overall, this game was a really fun puzzle experience. The presentation, music, and gameplay are all perfectly solid and enjoyable. My only minor complaint is that the game was really short, with a person easily being able to complete the game in around four hours and then spend a few more hours repeating puzzles to get all the solutions. Even with this complaint, however, this game is well worth the price of admission.
World from a perspective of a tiny matryoshka, true story.Obsessor | May 9, 2015 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
When I first launched this game I was amazed. Matryoshkas! Moving, talking, eating each other... And the world of very early XXth century. And the game's cutscenes looking like a silent film. Gameplay itself gets quite repetitive however. You have an ability to jump into bigger dolls, one size at a time, and control them. Most of the dolls have special abilities, which you need to utilize to meet the objective set for you in given level. Even with somewhat repetitive gameplay, I can't recommend this game enough. Adults and youths can enjoy it equally.
Stacking doesn't quite stack up to being the game I expectedLonM | April 28, 2015 | See all LonM's reviews »
The story in this game seems to be a little bland, and isn't really helped by the cutscenes which are a bit slow and tedious. As far as the puzzles go, most seem to be a bit boring to solve. There were a few entertaining solutions hidden in the game, but once you've found one solution trying to find all of the other solutions for a particular puzzle gets a bit boring. I used a keyboard/mouse setup to play this, and it felt at times as if the way the game's characters moved were a bit sluggish when compared to what I expected to happen. Not laggy or anything, but it just felt a little slow. In the levels themselves, the video and graphics quality are quite good, however the extended cutscene graphics can be a bit of putting and after a while you may get bored of them. The "old timey" soundrack seems good at first, but it does seem to get a bit repetitive. Aside from these more superficial problems, the game seems to run really well, so if this is your kind of story and so on, you can be sure you're playing with high-quality software.
Interesting concept that works well, but lacks engagementBlockAgent | Jan. 6, 2015 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »
Stacking is one of those games that tries an idea that no other games have tried. It works well and the game plays fine, has good graphics, no glitches and has a really charming theme and look to it. The gameplay is solid, but lacking. I found myself getting bored with this game pretty early on. The puzzles are pretty easy to figure out and there isn't much to do outside of just those puzzles. I pushed myself to complete the game and I did, but even though the game came with DLC, i didn't play the DLC because I was tired of the game and ready to play something else. So Stacking IS a good game, just not a very entertaining one.
Press x to solve the puzzleMadDemon64 | Dec. 30, 2014 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »
Double Fine knows how to make a beautiful and unique looking game. Their art direction is some of the finest in the industry. However that does not always translate into good gameplay. Stacking is a good example of this problem. In the world of Stacking, everything is a Matryoshka doll, from the people to the animals. You can jump into larger dolls and use their special abilities to solve puzzles or use them to jump into even larger dolls and use their abilities to solve even more puzzles, and so on. However, all you do is just jump into larger dolls and use their abilities to solve puzzles, again and again. Thinking outside of the box to solve these puzzles is engaging, and solving all of the puzzles in one area is rewarding, but that does not excuse the fact that these puzzles are all solved with the literal press of a button. You need to figure out which Matryoshka doll is necessary to get the needed effect to solve the puzzle, but again, it is all “jump into the right doll and press a button” over and over again. The setting and art design of Stacking are among the best they have ever made, and the puzzles are quite challenging, but the gameplay used to actually solve the puzzles can get stale and repetitive, especially since each puzzle boils down to the same base solution: find the right doll and press x to solve the puzzle.