Embark on an adventure to rescue Charlie’s family from the nefarious industrialist known only as the 'Baron.
User reviews: Very Positive (655 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 6, 2012

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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

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    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
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 18
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
This game has unskippable cutscenes galore. You also get to play sometimes
Posted: October 24
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Don't support fraudsters Tim Schafer and Double Fine.
Posted: September 29
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Gameplay is bland, boring. Really dry tasks. I never felt like much was happening.

Also one of the rare games that made me a bit motion sick.
Posted: September 25
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8.4 hrs on record
Cute small game.
Posted: October 16
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8.9 hrs on record
I was almost sure I wouldn't like this game. I kinda didn't WANT to like it. And for the first 10 minutes I hated it...

But I ended up loving it. The puzzles all felt the same, but the atmosphere was great and the puzzle(s) were fun. Double Fine totally knows how to be creative when it comes to setting, location and characters etc.

Try it, but don't expect to love it.
Posted: October 7
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16.3 hrs on record
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!
Posted: October 12
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3.1 hrs on record
Stack into various dolls! Do quests in many different ways! Save your family as the only dolls who can actualy stack with other dolls!
Ok enough of this excitement. It has it's climate and nice gameplay. Requires a lot of thinking. It is also good for collectors (trust me, there is way too many things to collect!).
If you like this type of games then go ahead, I recommend it.
Posted: September 28
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8.2 hrs on record
A fun and unique concept. Worth it if you want to play a game that is a little different to most other games out there.
Posted: October 15
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18.3 hrs on record
An interesting adventure/puzzle game. The story is short but there's a lot to collect if you're going for 100%.
Posted: September 27
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 21
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
I loved playing Stacking, it was an adventure game that reminded me of older giants in the genre like the various games that LucasArts had made in the eighties due to how fun it was. What is more important is that the game gave me entirely new memories because of how original it was in its design and execution. The game didn't drag on either, it was action packed, straight forward and gave me a wonderful nine hours of gameplay to beat the core of the game and the additional downloadable content. This is a game you have to get if you if you want to have fun and its a great way to introduce people to videogames if you are hoping to find some titles to ease them in. Happy Stacking!

If you want to read a more detailed review you can check it out on my blog: http://mouseandcontroller.blogspot.com/2014/06/stacking.html.
Posted: June 8
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
It's a good game for people who like wandering around, discovering new ways to solve riddles, and getting complete collections of wooden dolls. Not much action, but lots of calming music and walking instead. Not recommended for people who love action games above everything else.
Posted: May 28
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
I've been getting more and more into puzzle games that have unique mechanics like The Swapper, Antichamber, and Trine 2, and I must say that I am really impressed with the execution of this game.

If you like puzzle and/or adventure games, you will really enjoy this one.

The music and aesthetics are fantastic, and the theme is industrial-era silent pictures-style (the cutscenes are delivered like a silent movie, with text given in between the scenes to illustrate what people are saying). Many of the environmental pieces come from real life objects, for example you will see playing cards used as fences, and popsicle sticks and pins littering the area.

The story is decent, you are the youngest child in a family tasked with rescuing the rest of your siblings after certain events provided in the beginning. The controls are very easy to become familiar with and the tutorial is both helpful and non-intrusive. Learning curve is minimal due to the helpful tutorials and simple control scheme.

As the youngest and smallest child in the family, you are able to "stack" with dolls exactly one size larger than yourself. Essentially, you are body snatching the person lol. For each person you take over, you will have a particular skill you can use. For example, one of the most helpful dolls is a lady doll that can use "eagle eye," which will reveal any unique dolls in the immediate area.

There are special sets of dolls that you can get achievements for if you successfully stack all of them together. For example, in the first level there is a family that has become separated - stacking the son, daughter, then the mother will complete the optional side quest.

The puzzles are not too challenging, and there are 3 available hints that you can use if you are stuck. The hints have a cooldown timer that is not very long. The first puzzle you encounter involves you having to find a way into an exclusive restaurant in order to clear out the guests (so the 3 people you need to body snatch leave as well).

For each puzzle, there will be different ways to complete them, and these things will all be represented in your secret hideout.

In the hideout, you will get a new wall mural for each level you complete. For each unique doll you collect in the stage, there will be a life-size model in front of the mural (similar to Fallout's bobble head collectibles). For achievement/100% junkies, you will love this part. There is also a mini painting representing the puzzle challenge you had to complete, and completing the puzzle every way (3 ways in the very first challenge) will complete the picture.

Great game if you want a new take on puzzle adventures, definitely recommend.
Posted: July 12
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Stacking doesn't quite stack up to being the game I expected it to be.

The story in this game seems to be a little bland, and isn't really helped by the cutscenes which are a bit slow and tedious.

As far as the puzzles go, most seem to be a bit boring to solve. There were a few entertainign solutions hidden in the game, but once you've found one solution trying to find all of the other solutions for a particular puzzle gets a bit boring.

I used a keyboard/mouse setup to play this, and it felt at times as if the way the game's characters moved werea bit sluggish when compared to what I expected to happen. Not laggy or anything, but it just felt a little slow.

In the levels themselves, the video and graphics quality are quite good, howver the extended cutscene graphics can be a bit of putting and after a while you may get bored of them.

The "old timey" soundrack seems good at first, but it does seem to get a bit repetitive.

Aside from these more superficial problems, the game seems to run really well, so if this is your kind of story and so on, you can be sure you're playing with high-quality software.
Posted: May 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
I probably never would have gotten this game if it wasn't part of a bundle, as I'm not that much of a puzzle fan.
I gave it a spin anyway and here are my thoughts on it:

First thing I've noticed: this game looks absolutely beautiful.
The whole art direction is nothing short of stunning.

You are Charlie Blackmore, youngest of the Blackmore chimney sweeper family, out to rescue your siblings who have been taken by the evil Baron.
The twist? Every character in game is a matryoshka doll/Russian nesting doll and every character has a specific ability.
Yours? The ability to stack into another character and use their ability!
With that you venture through various levels, puzzling your way to the rescue of your brothers and sisters.

If you're looking for a lot of content, this game doesn't offer it. The main game is not very long and the additional episode is even shorter.
But better to have game that is short and fun from start to finish, than having a game that takes along time to finish and features lot of boring parts, right? Right!
You also have the ability to solve puzzles more than one way on the same playthrough. Solved a puzzle, but can think of more ways to finish it? Just try it, then.
As kind of a sidequest are the "hi-jinks", which are tasks you can perform with special dolls you can find in the world. It's mostly annoying other dolls, but there's nothing wrong with that.

The game looks great, is quite funny and is fun in general.
Like puzzlers? Definitely get it. Not too fond of puzzlers? It may still be worth a look ;)
Posted: July 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Double Fine generally produces some fine games and Stacking is certainly one of them. Stacking is a puzzle game which teeters on the casual line. It’s gameplay and core concepts are based on the Russian matryoska stacking dolls, hence the name: Stacking. You play the smallest doll of them all, named Charlie, as you set out on a quest to rescue your chimney-sweeping family from the evil industrialist Baron. If you haven’t already guessed, Stacking is set in a miniature Victorian world inhabited by matrioyska dolls. Even the cut scenes are presented like silent movies on a stage. It is not quite to the same scope as Brutal Legend as it is less than 10 hours long, and it’s not quite to the same calibre as Psychonauts, but Stacking upholds the fine name of Double Fine.

Stacking does have the charm factor turned all the way up with a saloon soundtrack, a miniature world and an unlikely hero. When all the dolls get excited, they jump up and down, like they’re being moved with an invisible hand. Stacking doesn’t take itself too seriously. It was produced as a small side project while Double Fine were working on Brutal Legend and feels like one too. While I was happy with the $10 purchase, I would not pay more than that as there’s just not enough substance overall.

For full review, visit:
http://icarusreviews.net/2014/08/22/stacking/
Posted: August 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Stacking is an unparralleled indie game experience

+ The game mechanics are great : stacking in another doll goes fluently and offers a great variety of special traits to be used
+ The challenges are fun, and make sure you come back to solve all the solutions
+ The Hi-Jinks challenges are goofy and combined with the doll collection aquired at each stage it makes sure you explore everything there can be found in each stage
+ It's unique in it's genre

- Once everything has been found in a stage there isn't a reason to return to that stage, other than causing havoc with a peculiar doll
Posted: August 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
A fun game to play to waist some time, its also got a verry nice art style
Posted: May 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
I bought this game thinking that it was going to be terrible but I had a 75% off voucher so for a couple of quid I thought I might as well try it. I was extremely suprised, i'm really really enjoying it, so much so that I hope a second is brought out or DLC for new puzzles, the concept of using russian dolls with each one having a different ability is pretty genius and the story itself is a bit dark although entertaining at the same time(as are some of the acheivements/hi jinks).

I think it's a great puzzle/action game although it seems I am unfortunately nearing the end, hopefully dlc or a second game at some point though :) Give it a go it's fun!
Posted: May 13
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