Embark on an adventure to rescue Charlie’s family from the nefarious industrialist known only as the 'Baron.
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Release Date: Mar 6, 2012

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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!

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

System Requirements

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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
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Really original, and fun to play.
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63 of 67 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2014
Stacking is the best game about mind control, child labor and Russian Nesting Dolls you will ever be able to find.

In it you play as Charlie, the youngest and littlest child of a family of chimney sweeps. Your family is kidnapped, so you head out to find them, possessing other dolls and using their abilities to solve puzzles and proceed. The storyline is a classic naturally, but it's the premise of the game that really stands out, and Stacking has a lot of fun with its premise. You have a lot of abilities to choose from, accessed by literally jumping into another character's hollow body, and the solutions to the puzzles are clever and entertaining. While the humor of the game sometimes swings towards the puerile, there's a little something for everyone.

There's limited voice-acting in the game- cutscenes are done in a 'silent movie' type style, complete with rolling projector film. The art is bright and distinct, and like the gameplay, toys with its character model's limitations. The characters move like you'd expect a Russian nesting doll to move, if that's something you've given much thought or worry towards.

This is a great game for achievement hunters as well- the achievements are tied into completing each level to 100%, and are sensible and fun to finish.
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62 of 66 people (94%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
I... errr.... wut?

+ The best casual puzzle-based Russian stacking doll game you'll ever play.
+ Humorous self-aware dialogue.
+ Interesting and detailed world. (Thematically, at least.)
+ Nice music, sound direction, etc.
+ Came in some Humble Bundle long ago; $10 doesn't seem TOO bad for this game.
+ Puzzles have multiple solutions; side puzzles abound.
+ 100%ers rejoice, you'll have much to do.

- Puzzles may be too simple for some tastes.
- If you hate unskippable cutscenes, you'll hate this, but I grew up playing the Metal Gear series.
- Text may go by too fast in cut-scenes for slower readers.
- You could gripe a bit at the graphics, but this game never claimed to be a AAA title.
- You really can't explain this game to anyone without showing it to them.

10/10 - Would stack again.
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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2013
Stacking tells the tale of Charlie Blackmore; a poor boy from an even poorer family, who, against all odds, must save his family from the evil Baron.

I completed the game within 8 hours, having completed all the achievements, including free Hobo King DLC.

The game itself was very fun; the stacking mechanic truly unique and definitely not something I have ever seen before, nor something I feel could ever be replicated.

Doublefine have once again created a fantastic little game, complete with their own stylised sense of humour.

I would recommend the game heartily to all those who enjoy Doublefine, and wish to engage in a lovely little puzzle game.

As a con, I would mention, that, alongside Costume Quest, the game is notably absent from any voice acting work. Which, in Costume Quest, appears lazy, in Stacking comes across very well with the usage of old 1930s textframes (from silent movies).

Check it out!

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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2013
Double Fine showing you what they're best at. Great writing, good humor, unique settings and mechanics, and oozing character. This really is a unique game that you should play. Essentially a puzzle game, you complete challanges and other tasks using a plethora of Russian stacking dolls, each with their own special skill. Artistically it's presented very well, cut scenes take the form of silent films or plays and over all there's an industrial revoltution feel (but it is recommended to turn off the screen overlay and widen the FOV). Despite writing for a child main character and many children NPCs the humor and tone is definitely aimed at adults. Sort of like the jokes in Pixar movies that go over the kids heads but crack up the adults.
Overall well worth your time, with getting 100% complete highly recommened, and money.
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
Double Fine never ceases to amaze me with the sheer amount of charm and originality they can squeeze into a game, and Stacking is perhaps the best example of this yet. An adventure puzzle game starring Russian nesting dolls, it's designed around the principle of, ahem, stacking your character inside other dolls in order to gain control over them. Each doll has a unique ability based on the character they play (for example a bear can scream at the crowd, or a seasick child can literally toss his cookies), and it's in using these abilities that you are able to open up new paths and solve problems in any number of different ways.

And that's what I found so enjoyable about Stacking. It's not so much the actual task of solving a puzzle that's fun, but finding the myriad of alternative, often hilarious ways in which you can solve a dilemma that proves so satisfying. Sure I can simply take control of the chef and toss the caviar in the gutter to stop buffet, or I could use the Pide Pipper to draw a band of rats into the kitchen and have then overrun the place. Even when the solutions become too nonsensical to guess, a surprisingly handy hint system points you in the right direction without completely spelling out the answer.

And of course all of this is wrapped with as much charm and personality as you'd expect from a Double Fine game, with terrific characterizations for the dozens of unique dolls, a brilliant vintage art direction, and excellent cutscenes that pay homage to silent movies. It's absolutely brimming with character and manages to tie it all back in to its clever puzzle mechanics, making a cohesive whole that might possibly be my favorite of Double Fine's recent games. It's a hard call, but regardless of my personal ranking, Stacking is a joy to play and you'd be missing out if you let something so fun and uplifting pass you by.
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
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  • Game Name: Stacking
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Genre Tags: Innovative; Puzzle; Adventure; Avant-Garde; Lighthearted
  • My Overall Grade: A+
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 5-15 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Avant-Garde enthusiasts; Casual gamers

This game is proof that innovation still exists in gaming if you look for it in the 'indie' realm. Stacking does an amazing job of offering fun, challenging puzzles without having any stupid, frustrating aspects. If you're looking for a fun puzzler with a very fresh taste to it: pick this game up, you won't be sorry.

In Stacking the basic mechanics of the game uses the concept of those Russian Matryoshka dolls that stack inside one another. You play a tiny doll, and to solve puzzles you have to stack inside of various bigger dolls each with their own special ability. You use this dynamic to solve puzzles as you progress through the game using different dolls and their different abilities to overcome obstacles. It is an extremely innovative and refreshing concept, in my opinion, and I loved every second of it.

The graphics won't leave you in awe, but they do the job. The atmosphere won't send shivers down your spine, but it sets the tone. The story won't totally enthrall you, but it holds everything together. Regardless, the gameplay is so incredibly fun and fresh that the mediocrity of some of the other aspects are made inconsequential.

Play this game.

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31 of 37 people (84%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
What an adorable game, good story, great puzzles and funny characters. Totally worth of buying.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
A Review About Stacking
Stacking is a game made by Double Fine Studio which produces classic which I will not name but you are probably familiar with. Anyways what is this game about? A lighthearted puzzle game set in a world where matryoshka dolls replaces humans and everything is shrunk down, scaled and done in a way that would make sense for a matryoshka doll. Since they also incorporated silent era film stuff what this means is that dialogue are not voiced but rather appear on screen to the tune of piano and violins and there is no such thing as facial expression since everybody have prepainted wooden faces and they all speak by flapping their midriffs. -sigh- Anyways,

It uses a third person perspective with a simple story and mechanic that I will describe later but do read the critique section to learn about some of its flaws.

Gameplay is really really simple to the point that even a child could finish the game provided they are age 8-12. Basically you press a button to possess a doll 1 size bigger than you so you can solve the objective at hand with the doll unique ability. Sometimes you need to possess a doll several time so you can grab the larger doll, also some dolls cannot be possess until you clear the challenge since they will either face you preventing you from possesing them since it only works when you are behind them or they are situated in out of reach places.

So with the power of the dolls you must then use it to clear the challenges aka mission objectives that ranges from reopening the train station to stopping the food services which is nothing complicated and they all have 3-5 ways to clear them and by finding all the solution you will earn a completion mark and a unique doll. Some of the solutions can be a bit obtuse but thankfully there is the hint system which after a short period of time will give you another one so you are never really stuck in a level.

So after you finish the level you can either do the side challenges like collecting all the dolls in a set, doing bonus challenges, collecting all the unique doll in a level or doing hi-jinks which are basically doing mean things using a doll's special ability a number of times.

All in all rather simple, good for some fun and one of solutions for any given challenges are often incredibly obvious. Once you are done with a level your hobo friend will draw a mural for you and display all the unique dolls you have possesed and all the challenges you have completed.

Option Menu/Performance/Controls
Very basic, you have options for controls, game effect, resolution, vsync, and a few other things but no sound, also what is the how to play section and credits doing here anyways. The option menu is rather empty for most parts.

I manage to get 60fps on the highest setting although it does stutters when loading a new section of the map.

Controls are pretty good but character tends to feel like they are sliding at times since they don't really have feets but after a few minutes I got used to it. I suggest a keyboard since the game don't really support controller fully.

Graphics looks fine, all dolls have these sheen to them which suggest they have been applied with a layer of lacquer and dolls with soots and crayon don't have these sheen as expected. Enviroment are good, nothing of note.

Double Fine were aiming for a classical sound style and they succeded in that. Piano, violin and period style musics are used aplenty and dolls often grunts and do weird noises as oppose to speaking.

Now presentation. Double Fine really nailed the presentation, dolls have floating accesories since they don't really have any hands to hold things and everything else have been adapted masterfully. An example would be the animal which still uses the doll style and trains being made with pins and cardboards. Good point for immersion is what I am trying and failing to say.

It has a good premise, good gameplay and they really nailed the presentation so what went wrong in my opinion? Simple.

The game lacks depth. The whole game feels like one big challenge mode with nothing else to break it with. While fps may have turret section or sniping mission that goes quiet and 3rd person games have stealth section but Stacking have only the power of using a doll's unique power and possesion to get through the whole thing.

So if you are not a fan of those I suggest you look elsewhere. But for what its for if you enjoy hearing about this premise I suppose you might enjoy it once this game goes on a sale.

Its short too, clocking at 5 hours for both the story and DLC with the story mission finished but not all the side challenges so there is that to consider.

Scoring Methology:
- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior

Verdict: B-Rank. [Good for what it does but otherwised a bit short. Credit:Thanks to meatking and smmoke for your help! No Drama Just Review = http://steamcommunity.com/groups/justreviews
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
This game is over creative... You'll need 20-30 minutes to start enjoing this game. Graphics is rather simple, puzzles are simple.

But I enjoid his game.

P.S.: works perfectly on Linux. Big respect to Double Fine for always making very high quality ports!
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9.5 hrs
Posted: October 22
Good game. Nice story. Funny characters. Lots of fun!
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10.8 hrs
Posted: October 17
Really, really well designed and like no other game. Very original and a fantastic game.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 18
Cheeki Breeki much
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9.6 hrs
Posted: September 16
Wow, I didn't expect to have so much fun from this game!
Puzzles are interesting, staking mechanics is unique and fun, game has an exploration aspect. Graphics and sounds nice and pleasant.
Gosh, it has a minigoal to punch 5 people with the judge hummer!
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9.1 hrs
Posted: September 11
Stacking is an under appreciated game. It has the familiar Double Fine charm and is a well presented third person puzzle adventure you can play with the kids.
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10.1 hrs
Posted: September 9
one of the best games I have ever played.. emotional, artistic, philosophical, political, musical, a great adventure, very clever sense of puzzle solutions and humour... highly recommended...
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Save the Queen
7.8 hrs
Posted: September 6
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3.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
Product received for free
Stacking is a game that despite its look that tends to draw more attention to younger people, has a really controversial topic that is child labor.
You're Charlie Blackmore a boy who leaves home to pursue his brothers who were taken and are now being forced to work, all his brothers were taken, but did not you too? Because for them you are too weak to work. When Charlie tells her mother that goes behind them, it is awful because he believes so small and fragile could not much. But she ends up letting him go.
As the name suggests we do is for the most part of the time to "join" the others, in a gameplay system developed based on "Russian dolls" or if you prefer matrioska. Your character to be very little you can get in other dolls and control them for as long as you want and the bigger the character that needs to be controlled, more dolls you need to have stacked. Each character has a unique ability (there are repeated characters) and they can serve as something to help the missions or may just be a joke. Speaking in Jest, there are several goals in the game and that is the main one being at every stage to release one of his brothers and others that are redo missions differently and mischief which is nothing more than awakening his evil side and out creating confusion, and giving slap or even wrapping someone made a mummy. These shenanigans you render something different in character (which made the conquest), usually it is becoming a part of the golden clothes.
The missions are completed in all possible ways, they release new characters to use and thus complete his collection phase. Although the theme is really heavy, the game pulls mood and you just end up forgetting the "dark side”.

Things that caught my attention in particular:
- The cutscenes are made like an old movie playing on an overhead projector, where it appears the scene with a piano music in the background and at times there is talk, text overlap the actors.
- Incredible soundtrack that will make many remember the old days.
- The scenarios are fairly large for this type of game and there are many things to do at each stage. As the details of each place is magnificent.
- But what caught my attention was the gameplay system that was what led me to make the analysis of this game.
Although Charlie is small, it is part of a grand game that is full of characters for every taste and can enthrall rats, cycling, shoot a cannon and even seduce someone. There are so many possibilities that the hours fly and you feel bad, because there is a multitude of situations to explore. Magnificent.

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12.5 hrs
Posted: August 14
One of my absolute favourite games I've played recently, charmingly simple, yet some of the extra puzzles can get quite complex.

I played through it twice, to full complete it takes about 5 hours, and both times I spent it laughing and enjoying myself, never once did the game feel too long or too short.

Honestly one of those games that anyone can pick up and enjoy.
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