Embark on an adventure to rescue Charlie’s family from the nefarious industrialist known only as the 'Baron.
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Release Date: Mar 6, 2012

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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
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Spookloops
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Quite a fun casual game - plenty of puzzles and side things to do to, with light humour mixed in. It was entertaining to see what all the individual dolls did, and 100%ing the game was satisfying.

I loved the atmosphere of the game, the style of the era represented, the music choices, the silent film touches.

The Hobo King DLC delves into a much quirkier sense of humour with a splash of epic saga thrown in, with a nod to dungeon crawling that was pretty awesome. I'd love to see more DLC outside of the original game setting - I loved the original but actually loved the DLC even more, it felt like more creative licence/control was enabled than in the original game. That part at times felt like one of the Lego games (smelly meat hats, man. Stanky good time!)

The bonus art shows a museum - I wish we could have seen that in the game, and I wish Hobo Yaga hadn't been cut!

All in all, fun, casual, play/explore at your own pace. 100%ing it is satisfying, but not at all a bummer if you prefer not to. The hint system is handy - if you use it, you're not penalized for it nor does it feel like "dumbing down". I hope to see more DLC in the future, I'd like to come back to this game, but 100%ing doesn't leave much replay value for me. Note: game is kind of short but it didn't feel overly short. It told its story neatly and kept things moving without feeling abbreviated, but if length of game play is a value factor for you, you might want to pick this one up on sale.
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Menace123
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
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Family Rating
Everyone (10+)
Rating
Must Play

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
About 11 hours
Gaming level
Casual to Puzzle-Gamer
Achievement level
Casual to Puzzle-Gamer
Game style
Platforming (some); Puzzle (plenty)
Game modes
Story mode, Bonus Story mode
Graphics
Very good !
Story
Very good !
Playthrough
One
Voice
None. Like a real silent movie !
Music
Very good.
Controls
Keyboard and mouse. Controller?
Tutorial
Yes.
Unmissable / backtracking content
Yes, backtracking !
Glitches / bugs
None.
Download Content (DLC)
Included in the game!
Size
About 1500 Mo
Worth price
The game should deserve its full price.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Double Fine Productions has always made some great games set in a distinct universe with plenty of humorous things.
Stacking is a game set in a steam-(punk) world inhabited by living Russian stacking dolls. Unfortunately, this world is governed by the Baron a nefarious industrialist that mostly turns as many dolls as possible into slaves.

You play as Charlie the cadet of the family that need to rescue his elder brothers, sisters and parents from the evil Baron. Despite of his size he is very smart and perseverant and will be able to save his family through different area. (train station, ship, zeppelin…)

The bonus story let you play another story set in a medieval genre. In that story you need to save/help the Hobo king.
The main story features many cut scene as a silent movie with the slideshow for the subtitles! Don’t worry only the slideshow are in a black and white style.

The game concept is pretty simple but far more complex: as the smallest stacking doll you can stack into a larger doll up to the biggest doll. Each doll has their own ability. You need to use abilities in order to progress through your journey and complete challenges. There are more than 100 unique dolls so there is a lot of possibilities.

In each area you’ll find several challenges and each of them has different solutions. You’ll also find some unique dolls and have several small hidden challenges in each world called Hi-jinks. You can track your unique dolls, Hi-jinks and Challenges at any time through the menu. Also you can freely travel to the different area when you’ve unlocked them.

To unlock a unique doll you only need to stack into it, and perhaps use its ability.

Hi-jinks are small secret in-game achievements: they are revealed once you made the right interaction using an ability. Like one Hi-jinks asks you to play tag with 5 different child dolls so when you’ve done your first tag the Hi-jink will be revealed and tracked.

Finally when you’ve perfected a whole world you unlock an awesome decoration in your hideout.

I would recommend this game to any puzzle-gamer that wants challenges.
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ehdral
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
I Love this game and have completed all solutions to all puzzles.
It is amusing and charming with a cute story and unique mechanics.

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Obey the Fist!
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
This is a puzzle adventure game from DoubleFine.

Unfortunately this is a very poor quality console port from an otherwise reputable company.

Technical issues and controller problems make the game near unplayable - googling technical problems shows a plethora of victims.

If you want to play this game, you must go buy a cheap PS/2 keyboard and trackball, apparently, because any more sophisticated devices are immediately assumed to do completely different things.

Graphics - okay but not great because of the console heritage

Gameplay - fairly okay puzzler but nothing amazing

Technical - atrocious technical issues make the game unplayable for many.
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PiotrLolo
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
Very funny and challenging puzzle game. Hint system is great. If you get stuck it will gently guide you to the next step.
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Phruler
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Good game
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Cynic
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
It's not a massive or long game and the gameplay is incredibly limited (by design) BUT they really milk that for a lot of fun and silliness. It's easy, but still worth a play.
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Neka_Chan
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
This game is so unique and it's fun to return to even after beating it, just to run around and do hi-jinks :P
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Manatinious
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Surprisingly enjoyable little game. It's pretty cute too.
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Xmus Jaxon Flaxon-Waxon
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Stacking is a very interesting game with a unique concept and look that certainly deserves the praise it gets. It is a clever puzzle game, but just because it is clever doesn't make it challenging. With the exception of a few poorly explained ones, most of the puzzles in this game could have been solved by young children. It is possible that this game was made in a way to be accessable to such an age group, as Double Fine has made youth / family games before. It is worth a play if you have tolerance for some slightly childish humor and puzzles. That said, it has almost no replay value except to grab the few achievements you might have missed.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding –
- If you haven't found this review helpful or if you have found a mistake please leave a comment below -
- Note1 : I think I got this game in a bundle on Humble bundle, the game alone should be around $0.30 –

Family Rating
Everyone (10+)
Rating
Must Play

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
About 11 hours
Gaming level
Casual to Puzzle-Gamer
Achievement level
Casual to Puzzle-Gamer
Game style
Platforming (some); Puzzle (plenty)
Game modes
Story mode, Bonus Story mode
Graphics
Very good !
Story
Very good !
Playthrough
One
Voice
None. Like a real silent movie !
Music
Very good.
Controls
Keyboard and mouse. Controller?
Tutorial
Yes.
Unmissable / backtracking content
Yes, backtracking !
Glitches / bugs
None.
Download Content (DLC)
Included in the game!
Size
About 1500 Mo
Worth price
The game should deserve its full price.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Double Fine Productions has always made some great games set in a distinct universe with plenty of humorous things.
Stacking is a game set in a steam-(punk) world inhabited by living Russian stacking dolls. Unfortunately, this world is governed by the Baron a nefarious industrialist that mostly turns as many dolls as possible into slaves.

You play as Charlie the cadet of the family that need to rescue his elder brothers, sisters and parents from the evil Baron. Despite of his size he is very smart and perseverant and will be able to save his family through different area. (train station, ship, zeppelin…)

The bonus story let you play another story set in a medieval genre. In that story you need to save/help the Hobo king.
The main story features many cut scene as a silent movie with the slideshow for the subtitles! Don’t worry only the slideshow are in a black and white style.

The game concept is pretty simple but far more complex: as the smallest stacking doll you can stack into a larger doll up to the biggest doll. Each doll has their own ability. You need to use abilities in order to progress through your journey and complete challenges. There are more than 100 unique dolls so there is a lot of possibilities.

In each area you’ll find several challenges and each of them has different solutions. You’ll also find some unique dolls and have several small hidden challenges in each world called Hi-jinks. You can track your unique dolls, Hi-jinks and Challenges at any time through the menu. Also you can freely travel to the different area when you’ve unlocked them.

To unlock a unique doll you only need to stack into it, and perhaps use its ability.

Hi-jinks are small secret in-game achievements: they are revealed once you made the right interaction using an ability. Like one Hi-jinks asks you to play tag with 5 different child dolls so when you’ve done your first tag the Hi-jink will be revealed and tracked.

Finally when you’ve perfected a whole world you unlock an awesome decoration in your hideout.

I would recommend this game to any puzzle-gamer that wants challenges.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Very funny and challenging puzzle game. Hint system is great. If you get stuck it will gently guide you to the next step.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I'm forcing myselft to play this game, but the constant interuptions of the boring cutscenes every 2 minutes are getting on my nerves, and you can't skip them, ESC, ENTER, SPACE, RIGHT CLICK, nothing works, so freaking frustrating.

So far good game, but the cutscenes ruined for me and kinda boring.
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65 of 69 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 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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62 of 67 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
AT A GLANCE
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  • Game Name: Stacking
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Genre Tags: Innovative; Puzzle; Adventure; Avant-Garde; Lighthearted
  • My Overall Grade: A+
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 5-15 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Avant-Garde enthusiasts; Casual gamers

REVIEW
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 graphics won't leave you in awe, but they do the job. The atmosphere won't send shivers down your spine, but it sets the tone. The story won't totally enthrall you, but it holds everything together. Regardless, the gameplay is so incredibly fun and fresh that the mediocrity of some of the other aspects are made inconsequential.

Play this game.

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