Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Feb 9, 2011
    85
    It's hard not to get sucked into this colorful world, so if you can appreciate the style of humor Stacking has to offer, you'll enjoy this game immensely.
  2. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    An enchanting world seamlessly combines with fun gameplay and rewarding puzzles to make Stacking a magical adventure.
  3. Feb 9, 2011
    85
    Stacking is a bit rough around the edges, but the puzzles are clever, the humor hits the mark more than it misses, and the characters and story are delightful, leaving adventure fans with little more to ask for.
  4. Feb 9, 2011
    85
    Deceptively cute, strikingly subversive and creatively inspired, Stacking appeals to both the casual and hardcore audiences in a single shot.
  5. Feb 14, 2011
    50
    I feel the humor falls a little flat, and while I found plenty of stuff to laugh at with Costume Quest, the adventures of a little matryoshka doll named Charlie hasn't done much for me.
  6. Feb 9, 2011
    83
    The cutscenes are just as fun to watch as the game is to play.
  7. Feb 9, 2011
    100
    Stacking proves that lively character and set designs, catchy music, and clever writing are far more important in making a good game than simply simply adding filler to extend the quantity of gameplay hours.
  8. Apr 1, 2011
    86
    One of a kind. [May 2011, p.91]
  9. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    If you love just messing around within an engaging world and you aren't merely single-mindedly driven toward a goal, Stacking will delight you. But if you're one of those impatient people who can't be bothered by anything other than the task at hand, there's a chance you'll be disappointed with its lack of difficulty and emphasis on collection and multiple solutions. Even if you are of the second group though, Stacking could very well win you over with its charming presentation.
  10. Mar 2, 2011
    90
    It's easy to recommend Stacking for a blind purchase, especially for those who are fans of the old-school adventure game genre. It's not a particularly deep or difficult title to complete, but, like a Saturday morning cartoon, is remarkably fun while it lasts.
  11. Feb 18, 2011
    90
    Stacking is a fresh and original game, full of fun situations which challenge us to solve puzzles that require some intellectual effort.
  12. Feb 10, 2011
    80
    Stacking's best qualities are its eccentricity and ingenuity. The puzzles lack the tortured bite of Double Fine's early work, but in broadening the narrative-led puzzle game's scope and carefully choosing which elements of tradition to keep and which to discard, Stacking is a bold and charming reinvention.
  13. Feb 10, 2011
    88
    For the people out there who like puzzle-solving and a charming story and art style, you owe it to yourself to pick this game up.
  14. Feb 15, 2011
    80
    Stacking rarely treks toward the outskirts of the playroom, and not as far into alternative humour territory as some Schafer fans would hope. But instead it offers a fully-formed, self-contained world of colour and quaintness, charm, and more importantly an individuality of its own.
  15. Feb 9, 2011
    83
    Clever game designing and bewitching concept are the main triumphs of Stacking. The new title from Double Fine is an amazing and unique puzzler.
  16. Feb 14, 2011
    90
    It really strikes you with enchanting visuals, delicate music and extraordinary characters. The riddles may be too easy, but, if you'll take your time to find the many different solutions, the experience will be worth all the while.
  17. Feb 11, 2011
    80
    Thanks to its fascinating concept and engaging gameplay, Stacking proves able to assure a unique gaming experience for both PSN and XBLA users. Although the game has its faults, like an excessive accessibility, Tim Schafer's newest project surely deservers attention.
  18. Feb 17, 2011
    80
    Stacking makes use of some inventive gameplay mechanics that lets the player decide what kind of experience it wants to get out of the game. Accessibility, clever puzzle design, a charismatic world and oodles of fun are what developer Double Fine whips up into this delicious little game.
  19. Stacking is utterly individual and cat-in-clown-shoes crackers. [Spring 2011, p.112]
  20. Mar 21, 2011
    88
    A truly enchanting game. [Issue#203, p.99]
  21. 80
    Stacking bears all the markings of its creator and designer Tim Schafer. At first glance it might not be as attractive but if you examine the game closer you will understand and love it. [Issue#203]
  22. Feb 15, 2011
    83
    Stacking is an essential purchase that will leave a smile on your face for days to come. It needed a little more content and variety, sure, but we'll tell you one thing - we're definitely looking forward to what Double Fine has for us next.
  23. Feb 10, 2011
    80
    Stacking, the lastest title of Double Fine, combines original gameplay with a scenario full of a nicely sick humour. The challenges are divided in several levels, allowing the brain-lazy to enjoy the story, while others pick their brains trying to complete the game at 100%. But the art direction by itsleft is worth the small price asked by the developer for this little jewel of an adventure / puzzle game. So play with dolls!
  24. Mar 13, 2011
    85
    Inventive, charming and fun. [Apr 2011, p.88]
  25. Feb 13, 2011
    80
    A clever, imaginative, and humorous game from the unlikeliest of inspirations that makes one wonder why something like it had never existed before.
  26. Feb 10, 2011
    80
    Yet another creative, unique game from Double Fine. Who would guess playing with dolls could be this much fun?
  27. 80
    Stacking is highly original and another remarkable contribution from Double Fine.
  28. Feb 13, 2011
    80
    Stacking fills a role as a clever little family game that is great for a weekend with the kids. As a showcase for the humor of Double Fine, Stacking can't stand up to some of the past gems from the studio.
  29. Feb 17, 2011
    86
    If the $15 price tag makes you question such a gamble, just know that there is plenty of content to be had. While the main story quest can be completed in a few hours, each area has a multitude of secrets, from special challenges to complete and dolls to find as well as Hi-jinks that make use of the crazier abilities.
  30. Feb 14, 2011
    95
    Stacking is a fantastic game with some actual content, challenge (so long as you avoid the hint system) and it has a whole lot of charm.
  31. Feb 13, 2011
    88
    In realm of creative game design, Stacking is a champion and the star of the show, Charlie Blackmore, is a video game folk hero. In the way that it fuses its charming atmosphere with its witty mechanics, Stacking is endlessly delightful.
  32. Other than that, Stacking is a doll of a game. [March 2011, p.83]
  33. Apr 18, 2011
    85
    Stacking is one of the most charming games you'll ever find, a refreshing break from the ubiquitous shooters flooding the market. It may not have much replay value, but you will still enjoy your stay in the whimsical, unique world of Charlie and his fellow stacking dolls.
  34. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    Stacking looks like a trifling little downloadable title, but the game has a surprising amount of heart.
  35. Wonderfully unique and truly intoxicating. Double Fine strikes again. [April 2011, p.80]
  36. Mar 3, 2011
    85
    A unique and completely new idea that tries to push the adventure genre forward.
  37. Feb 9, 2011
    90
    Critics are constantly crying out for fresh mechanics, and this is a wonderful one that I hope I get to see an evolution of.
  38. 85
    With its refreshingly unique take on the puzzle genre, Stacking tickles, entertains and challenges in equal measures.
  39. Apr 7, 2011
    85
    Stacking is a fun, memorable experience and its sheer uniqueness makes it another successful endeavor by Double Fine.
  40. Feb 25, 2011
    89
    Stacking is both fun and adorable and playable by gamers of all ages.
  41. Feb 28, 2011
    60
    Charlie Blackmore's adventure is very beautiful and meticulously designed - with charming music and game mechanics that haven't been seen anywhere else. But creativity cannot alone earn a score, and Stacking lacks too much soul and is too careful when it comes to its humour.
  42. Feb 28, 2011
    87
    Stacking is a really unique and good game. You have to play with matroesjka's and that delivers a game which is completely original. The setting, the story, the gameplay all of it is great. This means that you can buy this game without any problem.
  43. Feb 14, 2011
    90
    Stacking mixes inventive gameplay with a charming visual style to produce an outstanding puzzle-adventure.
  44. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    Stacking is right up there with the likes of Braid and Limbo as an absolute must-download.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Feb 10, 2011
    10
    Absolutely a must have game! It's funny, original and different, maybe a bit slow paced, but so great! The style is great too, the old Russian thingy ;) I can really recommend this. Full Review »
  2. Feb 10, 2011
    10
    Another winner from Double Fine! I can't keep from smiling when I play it. The art, music AND gameplay combine to form a fresh (and shhhh... approachable) take on the adventure game genre. Full Review »
  3. Mar 28, 2011
    8
    The nice unusual idea, the great interior, the steampunky/chaplin style, the interesting puzzles to solve, the perfect piano music to keep playing while making and eating a breakfast or making something in your garden. Niice. Double Fine are the real art-house, that do not calls art-house itself. Double-Fine FTW! Full Review »