From Twitter “@TimOfLegend: I think in the last shot you can see a reflection of Greg naked.” Double Fine Productions founder Tim Schafer jokes after watching a video made by Greg Rice, also of Double Fine. The video in question is a stop motion animation promoting Double Fine’s latest title, Stacking, released Tuesday on Playstation Network, Wednesday on Xbox LIVE. Gamer Limit lets you know why this video does more than just add to the nifty nouveau nature of the puzzle adventure.
Above all else, the video gives you a small sample of the puzzles you should expect when you download this fine game. “Fine” in this context is used to describe the fully realized style found in the screenshots and subsequent gameplay trailer below.
Now, video and a collection of screenshots may not be much to get a nod from discerning gamers, especially if this is the first time you’re hearing about Stacking. The production company’s prestige may help — it’s from the makers of Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, and the more recent Costume Quest. So the game’s quality may not be much in question; these folks know what they’re doing (Gamer Limit gave Costume Quest an 8.5).
Combine this with the story and interesting game mechanics and you may have struck gold. According to Double Fine, you follow Charlie Baltimore, a chimney sweep on a quest “to reunite his family after they’ve been forced into indentured servitude by an evil industrialist”. Not many games try to address such heavy themes against such a loaded historical backdrop (barring World War II, of course).
Rather than wallowing in the darkness and melancholy vocabulary words like ‘indentured servitude’ and ‘evil industrialist’ conjure, they inject a certain carefree spirit that has so characterized Double Fine in the past, having this story take place in a world of Russian Matryoshka, or Nesting Dolls. The main gameplay mechanic has you sneaking behind bigger dolls in order to climb into them, gaining control of their movements and special powers to solve 100+ puzzles.
So that’s Stacking in a nutshell. Let us know what you think by posting a comment. Are you downloading?