Embark on an adventure to rescue Charlie’s family from the nefarious industrialist known only as the 'Baron.
User reviews: Very Positive (873 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 6, 2012

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Includes 5 items: Brutal Legend, Costume Quest, Iron Brigade, Psychonauts, Stacking


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"It is funny. It is sweet. It is surprising. It requires some use of a human brain. It is the Double Fine game you always wanted Double Fine to make."
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About This Game

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!

Features an all new concept art browser exclusive to the PC version!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux


    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB GeForce 8800, Radeon 3850, or Intel HD 2000 Graphics
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GB free HD Space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible Sound Card


    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz, or AMD Athlon 64 at 2.2 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB GeForce 220, Radeon 4550, Intel HD 3000 Graphics
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GB free HD Space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible Sound Card


    • OS: : Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB of RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 2600 / NVIDIA 8800GT / Intel HD3000 or better card with at least 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1.6 GB HD space
    • Note:Leopard is not supported


    • OS: : Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i Series Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB of RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 4670 / Nvidia 285 or better with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1.6 GB HD space
    • Note:Leopard is not supported


    • OS: : Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB of RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB GeForce 8800, Radeon HD 2000, or Intel HD 4000 Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 1.6 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Love this game so much! It took me 15 hours to complete the game with all achievements.

Great art style
Fun puzzles
Unique gameplay
DLC included
Fart jokes

It ended
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
How I Played
Stacking is a clever, colorful, family oriented little game, that is easy to understand and quite simple to work through. I mean, hell, it comes with it's own cheats.. err, hints, even.
In fact, it seems that if one were to do only the main objectives, one could easily complete this game in about 90 minutes. But then, one would be stupid, because Stacking is, actually, not a game, at all.. it's a toy.. to be played with. More precisely, it's a toy box full of animated old wooden dolls. Robust characters, diverse in size and personalities (though, not ethnicity, as everyone seems to be white.)
But, wait a minute.. they're not just dolls, but vehicles, too! They're easy to jump in and outa, and speed around in, and take screenshots from. And, as if all that isn't fun enough, each doll type possesses a talent or skill (from gross bodily functions to amusing cartoon antics) to be mixed and matched, and otherwise, experimented with, and giggled at.
Frankly, the only reason I ever moved on to the next level was to get more dolls, and different places to ride em around in.

How You'll Probably Play
In Stacking, you'll play Charlie, the youngest member in a family of old-world themed nesting dolls. They're poor (of course), but happy (of course), until one day when Charlie's dad goes out for a pack of smokes, or something, and doesn't come back. Eventually, and mysteriously, all of Charlie's older siblings disappear, leaving young Charlie the task of rescuing them, all.
"Don't worry, I'll bring them home." He tells his mother, then bravely bobs off in search of family.. and adventure.

No Matter How You Play
I think there's 5 levels, each with a main challenge, as well as some optional side trips. In general, the challenges are simple, and puzzle-ish (unless you're crazy enough to set it on hard), which allows for a stress free, laid back gaming experience.
Well, that is, until Charlie's last challenge..
You'll probably need to sit up a bit, to get through that one.

I got my copy as part of a bundle, so paid about 1/4th Steam's retail price of $9.99.
This copy of Stacking also included The Lost Hobo King DLC, which I have not, yet, played.

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Games like Stacking prove that creating games can indeed be an art form. It is a magical journey into a beautiful fairytale world subtly reminiscent of silent movies, a modern adventure game with fresh and alternative gameplay mechanics and at the same time a true work of art. Technically brilliant, great fun and a true artistic creation!

Full review: http://adventureadvocate.gr/gamereviews/item/stacking-2
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
AUDIO: Classic                                                          AESTHETIC: Unique
MEMORABILITY: Unforgettable                        WORTH: Light Discount

PROS: Very unique gameplay and world. Easy to pick up and fun to explore. DLC pack is included for free in this version, meaning there is more game after the main story! Being encouraged to try solving a problem all possible ways adds a fair amount of challenge.

CONS: Main story is far too easy for the average player. Games default settings include very annoying visual effects that should be turned off immediately! Dolls may leave to walk their way back across the map where they started should you leave them unattended for too long, which may make some puzzles tedious to solve.

OVERALL: A world of Matryoshka dolls is a very cute concept and delivers adorable social commentary. Despite being easily finished within a few sittings, it is a game that you'll want to fully explore.

SCORE: 8/10
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
So, I usually try to write reviews for games that I've played within the first week or so after I've finished it, or after I've played a significant amount of time for a game that has no flat ending. For this game, it's been just over a week (about 9 days) as I've been pretty busy lately, and I thought I'd sit down and write a review now.

But funnily enough, I don't even really remember that much about the game, and it's only been a week! I get really involved into most games that I play and just sink myself into them. I don't play games while randomly talking to other people or anything like that. What that tells me is that this game hasn't left a big impact on me at all, sadly.

Does that mean it is a bad game? No, not necessarily. I thought it was fun when I played it, as the style of puzzles is unique for the most part, as you swap around with different characters who hold different powers, and you have to build yourself up (or drop yourself down) to proper sizes to get around the puzzles.

I remember the locations, like the train or the cruise ship or the station. I remember the game was tongue-in-cheek with its style of cutscenes and self-directed humor. But in the long run, it didn't excite me that much playing it, and I remember very little about what the actual puzzles were.

The puzzles, for the most part, are really simple in most cases, and you can just use Hints if you get that stuck for some reason. I like that the game has multiple ways to solve most of the puzzles, but it is still not that difficult to find them all, and each solution is usually just as easy as the others. If you don't go out of your way to find all of the solutions or to do the special challenges in each level, then you could probably beat the game in about 90 minutes.

As I said, the game isn't that exciting to play. I laughed at some of the cutscenes or characters, but eventually the style of the game wore off on me. I completed all of the challenges in the game as well, and while some were funny things to discover, it became annoying when I realized that the majority of them just asked to you repeat the same generic action of one character 10+ times.

In the end, there is no desire to replay the game, and as I've forgotten most of the details in the levels and the puzzles (short of their general settings), the game won't last with me much in the long run. I will likely forget it in a few more weeks entirely.

Double Fine is still a good developer, but (please excuse me bringing it up) Psychonauts still remains its best game, and it has stuck with me the longest. I remember everything about it and likely always will. That isn't to say that others won't love this game more than I do, however.

So if the general idea and style seems interesting to you, likely wait for a sale if you want to try it out. It won't take that long to get through, and it is still decently fun in-the-moment. But looking back on it, its unique theme didn't actually make it that special.
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