Schafer has given us many great things when it comes to video games. His imaginative mind gave us Psychonauts,
Brütal Legend and Grim Fandango - and now [in Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network form] he brings us quite
possibly his greatest gift yet – Stacking.
Stacking is an adventure/puzzle
game in which you play as Charlie Blackmore, the world’s smallest Russian stacking doll. The game
is set during the industrial age, where an evil industrialist named The Baron is forcing children to work. Charlie
soon finds out that his family is being forced to work as slaves – it’s up to him to save his family and every
other slave doll out there… and put an end to child labor once and for all.
Featuring some of the most creative puzzle sequences I’ve seen on the Xbox, Stacking is a brilliant game.
In order to solve puzzles and move on to the next area of the game you must stack into other stacking dolls to use
their unique ability. For instance, there may be a large stacking doll with a wrench – you must stack
into other stacking dolls (in size sequence) to be able to stack into the large mechanic doll to use his wrench.
The world is so creative and inviting that I didn’t want to put it down, even after completing it at 100% - which is
rare for me when it comes to Xbox Live Arcade titles.