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.Read full description
"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!
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If you enjoy puzzle games you are going to like this one. It revolves around a fresh concept (you play the Russian doll Charlie and have the ability to stack into bigger doll characters, thus gaining new powers or access to new areas). The art is wonderful and the level progression satisfying; overall you can clearly tell Stacking is a labour of love from Tim Schafer's colleagues at Double Fine.
Stacking does something truly unique: present a beautiful, cohesive world with music, story, art style, and mechanics all contributing to the atmosphere. Sadly, the puzzles in this game are flat out boring. They usually consist of trying to stack with different characters until you find the right one, then pressing the "use" button in front of an obstacle. I think this game might be great to play with/give to a younger kid (like, 7-12?). That age range could have a lot of fun with this.
I think some of the reviews here give the game a really hard time. I get why, but I disagree with the overall assessment. Yes the game can get a little repetitive, since the only mechanic you have for solving puzzles in this world is using another character's ability, so you basically need to keep jumping into other matreyshkas to find the one with the right ability to solve your current puzzle. But the repetitiveness aside; because lets face it, many many console games are quite repetitive and we do not mind it. The reason people are actually upset about this, is that the game is very unique, it looks great, it feels one of a kind, so with that in mind people expect "THE WORLD" from it, and no, that's not what you get. You get an amusing little story driven adventure, it's easy to go through and therefor focuses on the story - an old style movie story, that's somewhere between a puppet show, a play, and a 20's movie experience. It's sweet, charming, and endearing. Which makes the game appropriate for some younger audiences as well as adults. Pros: - Deliciously different, in looks and gameplay Cons: - A little repetitive and simple. I still say this game was well worth the purchase and I'd recommend it to anyone who would ask.
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.
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.
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