Embark on an adventure to rescue Charlie’s family from the nefarious industrialist known only as the 'Baron.
User reviews: Very Positive (804 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
56 of 60 people (93%) 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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16 of 16 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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47 of 79 people (59%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
be a baby dwarf and become people by entering their bodies anally
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Amusing, fun puzzles with multiple solutions, not too long. Definitely worth $10.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
I don't know what inspires the creation of an adventure/puzzle game about Matryoshka (aka russian-nesting) dolls, but here it is!

Like most Double Fine games, this one just OOZES charm and humor; In terms of gameplay, it's all about exploration and puzzle-solving, but where most games of that sort involve hoarding items and using them in the appropriate way at the appropriate time, Stacking has you posessing recurring NPC types to utilize their special abilities or satisfy a role for each puzzle.

Also curious is that EACH puzzle has multiple solutions to it; Finding any one of them and hurrying through the game is a piece of cake, but for the real puzzle challenge you'll want to go back and find EVERY different possible solution. Additionally, there are small achievements to shoot for, just for the fun of it, usually involving using a particular character's ability to annoy a certain amount of particular characters or interact with so many specific things.
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6 of 8 people (75%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Great game perfect style and puzzles a bit easy but the amount of stuff to do makes it a really fun time
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
It's a lovely game with a very original theme and good gameplay. It's a must play if you like adventure genre.

PS: It does lack something but I can't tell what it is.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Stop holding my hand and let me play the game. Stop forcing cutscenes down my throat.

Don't start games with 5 minutes of cutscenes. How hard is that? It's a video game not a movie.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
This is a cool game. The idea is pretty unique. I enjoyed playing it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
It's a fun little puzzle game where the gimmick is that you play as those little Russian dolls that stack on each other (I believe they are called Matryoshka dolls). The puzzles are quite creative and fun, and there are multiple solutions to each puzzle, allowing for a relatively high replay value. If you can't seem to figure out a puzzle by yourself, you can always get a hint from the menu. The third hint will literally tell you what to do to solve the puzzle, so only do that if you are completely stuck. There are also the "Hi-jinx" that you can pull off in each area, and some of them are pretty funny as well.

Overall, I really liked it. It's definitely worth the $10 that they are asking for it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Beautiful game with unique and interesting mechanics.
Love the art style and fun gameplay.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Great, original funny and fresh adventure game tottaly worth it to try !
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