Third person Puzzle game featuring Russian stacking dolls.
Enter Charlie Blackmore, the world's smallest Russian stacking doll and the star of Tim Schafer's latest endeavor, Stacking. A third-person adventure puzzle game, Stacking's diorama open-world environment is set against a 1930's era backdrop.
The fun of matryoshkas is, of course, stacking them, so the game utilizes their nesting functionality in an interesting way. The various dolls that populate the community have unique abilities and since Charlie is the littlest of them all, jumping inside another character (as creepy as that may sound) is an easy way to acquire new skill sets. Though you can pile on the dolls, only the outside one's power will be accessible, so you may find yourself stacking and unstacking to successfully complete a challenge.
Typically in adventure-puzzle games there's one wacky way to solve an issue, but Stacking grants you the freedom to resolve the same situation in different ways. If you need to get Charlie past a guard, perhaps you'll "stack" on a pretty lady doll and distract him or maybe you'll try and sneak past him. Either way, when you decipher a new solution you'll be rewarded so you're encouraged to try out several problem-solving methods.
Trailer in link
Stacking is confirmed for February 8th on PSN ($15 / around £10) and XBLA (1200 MSP) on February 9
Game comes out today
http://worthplaying.com/article/2011/2/8/reviews/79728/"Deceptively cute, strikingly subversive and creatively inspired, Stacking appeals to both the casual and hardcore audiences in a single shot. The game is short enough to play through in a single day, but all of the optional content means there is plenty to do after the credits roll. If Double Fine keeps putting out downloadable titles of this caliber, it may never have to release another disc-based game."
8.5 @ IGN
Coming to PC next spring, not that many here care, but the Press Release is worth reading.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – December 16 — Double Fine Productions is happy to announce that Stacking, the Russian Doll Adventure recently named Downloadable Game of the Year by G4TV’s X-Play, is coming to the PC.
“I had nothing to do with this,” interjected Steve Dengler of Dracogen Strategic Investments, even though he totally funded the whole thing.
“Please, it is Christmas time and I prefer my good deeds to be anonymous, like Santa,” he added.
“Uh, everybody knows about Santa,” said Stacking creator Lee Petty, “He’s on every street corner in town.”
“So’s your mother,” said Mr. Dengler.
“Ho ho ho, that’s not Christmas talk,” said Santa Claus, who had slid into the room through the chimney without anyone noticing. “Christmas is about the spirit of giving, like how Double Fine is giving away the excellent DLC adventure The Lost Hobo King along with Stacking.”
Lee and Steven scowled at each other for a bit longer, but then they had to laugh and agree that Santa was right, and everybody gathered around to hug and sing Christmas carols. They sang about what an awesome game Stacking was, how great the Lost Hobo King DLC was, and how lucky everyone was that all this joy would be available on Steam, in the Spring of 2012 at the bargain price of $14.99. It was a strange song that didn’t rhyme much, but it was heartfelt.
And Lee’s mother, who is a saint, never found out about any of this.
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