Embark on an adventure to rescue Charlie’s family from the nefarious industrialist known only as the 'Baron.
User reviews: Very Positive (943 reviews) - 90% of the 943 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

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
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Lovely puzzle game with multiple solutions for each challenge, lively victorian/steampunk inspired world, entertaining story and cute interaction between dolls, each with its own skill (including farting and face slapping with a glove like a real gentleman) which you use in order to solve the puzzles and advance through the game, so that you can rescue your family that was kidnapped by the evil Baron for free slave labour. Oh, and not to mention the fancy classical soundtrack that is so fitting and really sets the atmosphere.
Only downside of this game is that it was too short.
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5 of 5 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
This game is definetly unique as puzzle games go. The Russian stacking doll idea is something I've never seen before in a game, and it works absolutely perfectly.

The gameplay itself is challenging, and it really makes you use your head to overcome obstacles. Some solutions won't be so easy ;)

The devs should keep on making games just like this. They are good at it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Short version: 88%
Ever wondered how would a Charles Dickens-esque story look like if all the characters were matryoshka dolls? You can stop wondering then, because this family-friendly action adventure game will give you the answer.

Long version:
In Stacking, you play with dolls. Well, as dolls. Russian matryoshka dolls. And the funny thing is: this game is not just for little kids, adults will enjoy it just as much, if not even more.

Stacking is the name of the game and the main mechanic: your goal on each level is to solve a set of clever puzzles by jumping into other dolls, taking over their actions. All dolls have a unique ability that could be the key to one of the many solutions for each puzzle. If not, then it may be used to complete an optional challenge for added fun!

All of this puzzling is packaged into a story that reminded me of Charles Dickens: early industrialist world with steam engines everywhere, pompous factory owners who try to oppress the working class even more by introducing child (slave) labour, and a witty little protagonist, Charlie Blackmore, who starts on a quest to save his kidnapped family, following the advices of a friendly hobo he meets along the way.

The plot is divided into 4+1 stages (train station, ocean cruiser, zeppelin, luxury train, plus a DLC stage in a shanty town), all with increasing difficulty and maximum doll size. The first two stages start out especially memorable with their level and puzzle design, but the second half of the game is blander with darker levels and puzzles that share the same goal over and over: get rid of the next guard.
Luckily there is a DLC/expansion after it, the Hobo King quest, which brings back the creativity of the early levels, bumping this gem to “highly recommended” status for everyone who likes a good adventure.
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