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Embark on an adventure to rescue Charlie’s family from the nefarious industrialist known only as the 'Baron.
Release Date: Mar 6, 2012
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Includes 5 items: Psychonauts, Costume Quest, Stacking, Iron Brigade, Brutal Legend

About the 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!

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    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

Linux System Requirements

    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
50 of 52 people (96%) found this review helpful
204 products in account
15 reviews
5.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 27th, 2014
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
329 products in account
41 reviews
9.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 14th, 2014
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
439 products in account
39 reviews
9.1 hrs on record
Stacking is an adventure game that has numerous puzzles that uses the unique style of having different dolls with their abilities to solve puzzles with multiple solutions. The game has great visuals that match perfectly with the dolls and scenery and the atmosphere is surrounded by great sounds and music.
Posted: February 1st, 2014
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
849 products in account
130 reviews
12.7 hrs on record
Stacking is another rather unique game from Double Fine. It is essentially a puzzle game starring nothing but Russian stacking dolls where you try to solve problems by stacking into certain dolls and using their wacky special abilities. It sounds simple, but the levels are large and there's a lot of dolls to choose from, so it can be quite difficult to determine which dolls will work for a given situation. There are always multiple solutions and only one is required to progress through the story, but the game has a way of making you want to find them all. It would actually be quite frustrating if it weren't for the hint system, which provides 3 increasingly obvious hints (the last one actually tells you exactly how to solve it) for each puzzle solution.

The game is made in the style of a silent movie slathered with Double Fine's signature style, with all aspects of the game fitting together so well. Doll abilities range from farting to charging, punching, and even firing a gun and other dolls will react in ridiculous ways. They even look shocked when you stack into another doll, since you seem to be the only person with that ability. It even fun just watching the dolls react to you when you're going about your business solving puzzles.

As an additional note, this game is locked to 30 fps. It is the only game I've played that I feel has an actual reason to do so, given its silent movie style, but it still makes the game feel choppy and I would prefer being able to run it at a higher framerate.

So, Stacking is great fun. If you like any of Double Fine's other games or just want a silly fun game to play, Stacking is a great choice.
Posted: February 24th, 2014
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
257 products in account
7 reviews
9.4 hrs on record
I got this game on the Humble Bundle and approached it hesitantly after feeling that it looked boring based on the videos I'd seen on YouTube. After the first cutscene passed, and I was set free into this world that feels massive and allows you to do so much all at once, I was hooked. I played through the entire game + DLC and got 100% completion with all achievements in what Steam claims is 9.4 hours. That said I did go make a meal and chat with my flatmates so it would be 9 hours all up.

The game is just fantastically perfect and addicting. A game that actually makes you want to get 100% completion is rare for me so this game really is a gem in the rough. Though I doubt I'll ever play it again unless more DLC comes out, it was well worth the enjoyment it gave me.

Bug wise I only had one moment at the end of the main story where the walls and floor became invisible and then closed my game, but nothing worth worrying about.

Overall it's a brilliant game and I'll be sure to keep an eye out for more titles by this developer.

Posted: February 7th, 2014
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