Genre: Adventure, Indie
Developer: Double Fine Productions
Publisher: Double Fine Productions
Release Date: Mar 6, 2012
Platform: PC / Played on Windows 7
Overall rating: 10/10
Replay Value: 9/10
Stacking is one of the most original games I’ve played to date, and one of my favorites. I just cannot tell you how much I love this game.
In Stacking you take the role of Charlie, the youngest in a family of Chimney Sweepers. His relatives are all taken away to work for the Baron, an Industry leader. Your task? To find and rescue your family, and while you’re at it, free the children that are being used in child labour by the Baron.
The game is just super charming: the visuals are pretty stunning, the nesting dolls are adorable, and they all have their own powers and personalities. You, being the youngest of your family (and thus smallest) will need to solve puzzles (how to get into and out of places, unlock stuff, etc) by getting into different dolls and using their powers to achieve your goal. You have to respect the sizes, so sometimes to solve a puzzle you have to get inside various different sizes of dolls.
What’s best about it, besides the originality of it, is that:
- All the puzzles are very logical, thus making them both challenging but at the same time not impossible.
- All puzzles have more than one way to solve it. Meaning you can go back and find all the other ways in which you could have solved the problem. in fact, you will definitely want to do this.
I found the humor utilized through it to be quite adorable and funny too.
The cutscenes are all made like little theater plays, and the music is just beautiful and very in tune with the game’s setting and style.
The only downside I could find to this game, though, is that the cutscenes are almost unskippable (you can actually double tap esc to skip them, but apparently that works only at certain points because most the time I just couldn’t skip them).
I would definitely recommend this game to everyone, regardless of age and gender.