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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!
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.
Unexpected joyartyom2000 | Sept. 11, 2014 | See all artyom2000's reviews »
I've always wondered how far sometimes can imagination go in creating games. In this game everything seems simple. Puzzles with stacking, but realization is amazing. Each task has different ways to solve and it's not too hard, because the game has a lot of hints, and you want to see every solution. This game has it's charm.
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.