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    dkirschner's Stacking (PC)

    [November 25, 2012 07:51:45 AM]
    Also finished the last bit of Stacking today. This is one of those Double Fine games from their prototyping sessions, and it's cute. You play as Charlie, a poor working class kid with a big family who all get lured away/abducted along with other children by The Baron, the big mean industrialist proponent of child labor. Charlie befriends a hobo who helps him out on his mission to save his family and all the other children and rid the city of The Baron.

    The game is an adventure game, but basically the characters and the items are the same thing. The characters are those Russian dolls that stack into one another. Each doll type has a special ability, and you use these abilities to solve puzzles to progress. Charlie is the smallest doll, and he can jump inside one doll size larger to 'possess' it. Then with that doll, you jump in the next size up, then the next size, and so on. And you can unstack them to use an ability that one of your smaller dolls has.

    So for example, one part I remember well today was that I needed to get Charlie's sister out of a cage guarded by some guy called the Shadow Man or something. I found a doll walking around with a flame on his head whose special ability was to make it burn brighter. So I got inside him and tried to illuminate the Shadow Man. Didn't work, and he gave away that "Ha! You'll have to find something brighter than that to faze me!" So I looked around and found another doll whose special ability was to spill oil. I nested those dolls, went back, spilled oil, then burned the candle, and it made an explosion and the guard ran away! The cool thing is there are usually at least 3 ways to complete any given challenge. I found one and played straight through, but I might go back and mess with it to see more for fun.

    That's the game. You stack Russian dolls and use their abilities just to have fun or to solve challenges to progress the story. It's pretty straightforward and fun.
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    dkirschner's Stacking (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Saturday 17 November, 2012

    GameLog closed on: Sunday 25 November, 2012

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Cute. Funny dialogue. Serious topic? Innovative idea. ---------- Simple, fun, clever. Might go back and find some more ways of completing the challenges.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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