Stacking: A Review
So I was perusing the PSN a couple weeks ago and found Stacking in the latest releases. The description kind of intrigued me, but I wasn’t sure still so I hit the internet for a trailer.
Basically you’re a the smallest doll in a Matryoshka Russian stacking doll. This is key to the gameplay as you get things done by stacking into other dolls with different abilities that are bigger than you. You use the abilities of the other dolls to solve the puzzle that is in front of you. Genius. To make it even more interesting each puzzle has several solutions. This of course extends the game time if you make sure to solve all of the solutions and can be a little mind bending as you try to think of other ways to resolve something.
This is a game that is all about thinking. It especially encourages thinking outside of the normal gaming box when trying to solve these puzzles in order to move forward in the game. This stacking and unstacking is super simple to master and once you’re inside other dolls you can use their abilities with ease.
Probably the most amazing thing about Stacking is the animation. Double Fine have managed to take flat limbless characters and give them real personality. The graphics are lovely and really lend to the game. The music/sounds also are very well done and work perfectly. Have a listen to the sounds you hear when you’re stacked into different dolls.
Overall I’d say this is a gem well worth getting it. It’s not a long game, but it sure is a lot of fun. I really wanted it to be longer just so I could keep playing it.