Embark on an adventure to rescue Charlie’s family from the nefarious industrialist known only as the 'Baron.
User reviews: Very Positive (827 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 6, 2012

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux

    Minimum:

    • 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

    Recommended:

    • 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

    Minimum:

    • 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

    Recommended:

    • 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

    Recommended:

    • 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
11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
'Stacking', while being a game primarily aimed at children, manages to appeal to adults as well, not unlike other Double Fine titles.

Set in a fictional world of european industrialisation, tiny Charlie Blackmore, the youngest member of a family of proud chimney sweepers, finds his family abducted by the evil Baron and sets out to not only rescue them, but put an end to child labour as well.
In doing so, he has to make use of his stacking ability, jumping into bigger persons and animals, since all creatures in this world are Matryoshka dolls. With everyone being bigger than him, one could say that Charlie is the only one not being in some way hollow. Every doll has a special ability that may help Charlie on his way.
Overlooked or ridiculed by the bigger dolls, his only help is Levi, the hobo, who offers him a hideout and chronicles his adventures.

The concept is very well executed, making for lots of fun and at times quite tricky puzzles. There's multiple ways of solving the different situations, with a generous but optional hint system suited to all ages. On top of that there are lots of optional mini quests, involving all kinds of shenanigans, encouraging one to try out all possible combinations of stacking. There's much to explore and delight in in this small world.

Much effort is put into details. Difference in height when using different dolls changes perspective, field of vision, depth of focus and perception of sound. When jumping into a dog the colours fade, and so on.

The humour ranges from fart jokes to more mature themes such as the seductive black widow or that creepy guy who stares at women.

Along with the PC version comes the only DLC, in which Charlie returns the favour done to him by the hobos; finding the lost hobo king of Camelfoot is just as enjoyable as the main game.

This one comes highly recommended, whether you want to play it alone or together with your kids. Since some of it's themes are quite dark, it's probably not suited for toddlers as tiny as Charlie, unless you lend them a hand. Despite the grim tones, there's still a happy end.
If you like titles like Costume Quest, this one's right up your alley, but keep in mind that the alley is in some places quite a dark one, with monsters called men lurking in the shadows.
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Love it. Definitely one of the most original games I've played in a very long while: it's charming, it's funny, it's cute, it manages to be both easy and challenging at the same time, and most importantly: it's fun to play through and actually makes you -want- to complete all the extras and side quests! As an extra bonus, it's one of the very few games that I not only found had pleasant music, but I also liked it enough that I didn't care to lower the volume to almost nothing to avoid hearing it.
On the downside, cutscenes are almost unskippable (you can actually double tap esc to skip them, but only at certain points, apparently), but I can live with that for the most.
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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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Stacking is a charming little puzzle game. The idea is that you are the smallest of many russian nesting dolls in this world. You are able to stack into other dolls bigger than yourself, one size at a time. Every doll has a different action they can perform. These actions assist you in saving your siblings, causing chaos, and just messing around in general. It is well worth the price and time.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
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.

Pros:
Great art style
Fun puzzles
Unique gameplay
DLC included
Fart jokes

Cons:
It ended
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Who'da thunk that nesting dolls led such interesting lives? Not all of them, maybe, but one mischievous little doll on a mission to save his older siblings sure does! He sneaks around, jumping into larger dolls with amazing talents such as farting, belching, sipping tea and playing tag, and takes control over them. Soon the trains are running again, the cruise ship is running no more, enslaved children are set free, the evil Baron is outraged, and the fun has just begun.

Long story short: it's a blast!
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4 of 7 people (57%) 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
If you want a really creative puzzle game in a small, well wrapped, package, this is for you. It's certainly not the most challenging puzzle game out there, but the main mechanic of stacking into various characters for certain abilities is still fun. The silent-film era style fits with the cartoony gameplay and logic of the world, and there's a fair amount of collectibles if you're like me and like neurotically combing levels for all the stuff. For $10, it was a good buy.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Tim Schafer did excellent games, with ideal humour. Stacking is proves! unique emotions. 10\10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Gave someone a light and farted in his face to solve a puzzle. 9.9/10

In all seriousness though this is pretty much a perfect game: it has a unique gameplay idea that it explores to its fullest potential, a charming art style, a lot of subtle humor, it bursts with creativity, and it is an adventure game that doesn't have the usual pacing and logic problems, since it lets you solve any puzzle in at least three different ways.
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58 of 62 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 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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57 of 62 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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35 of 36 people (97%) 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!

Nilesy
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38 of 42 people (90%) 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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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
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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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
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 story is weak, to say the least, but the gameplay is so fun and fresh that the game doesn't really need that strong of a story to keep your interest.
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28 of 34 people (82%) 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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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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
A very interesting puzzle game from the minds of Double Fine, where you play as Russian Dolls and stack into others, much like real Russian Dolls. he puzzles have multiple solutions, preventing people from becoming too completely stuck, although rewards are given for discovering all of them. This also comes with the Hobo King DLC, Which adds a few extra missions, which are pretty decent. The apperance is pretty fun to look at too - looking closely, many items of the scenery are actually things like playing cards, giving you a real sense of scale.
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