Generally favorable reviews - based on 68 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
  1. Feb 9, 2011
    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.
  2. Feb 9, 2011
    Clever game designing and bewitching concept are the main triumphs of Stacking. The new title from Double Fine is an amazing and unique puzzler.
  3. Feb 14, 2011
    Stacking mixes inventive gameplay with a charming visual style to produce an outstanding puzzle-adventure.
  4. Feb 23, 2011
    More than any previous Double Fine title, Stacking, with its flawless art direction, unusual gameplay and affecting soundtrack is a one-of-a-kind adventure that story lovers and creative thinkers won't want to miss.
  5. 89
    Its stars may be hollow, but Stacking is stuffed full of charisma, cleverness and charm.
  6. Feb 13, 2011
    With original and stylistic visuals, solid sound, and very addicting gameplay, Stacking is an XBLA (or PSN) title that is worth anyone's time and money (about $15.00 or so).
  7. Feb 9, 2011
    What Stacking winds up being in the end is a bright and cheerful little romp which should bring a smile to anyone who doesn't require someone to be shot in a videogame before they have a good time. With minimal pressure and a strong focus on creative thinking, it's an ideal game to play with someone else in the room and perfect for families to play together.
  8. Feb 10, 2011
    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.
  9. Feb 9, 2011
    As downloads go, this is generous and imaginative, then, and the richness of the world is more than enough to make up for an occasionally tricksy camera, a fair amount of backtracking and a tendency to pad things out as it heads towards the final act.
  10. Feb 11, 2011
    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.
  11. Feb 23, 2011
    Simply delicious. A must-have game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners.
  12. Feb 23, 2011
    Despite these small problems, however, Stacking manages to be an excellent experience.
  13. Feb 9, 2011
    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.
  14. Mar 2, 2011
    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.
  15. Feb 9, 2011
    The cutscenes are just as fun to watch as the game is to play.
  16. Feb 10, 2011
    I like to think of it as this year's Toy Soldiers, just based on the aesthetic alone. But that doesn't even come close to describing it. Will you like it? If you are a fan of the adventure/puzzle genre, you certainly will. The charm may be just enough to draw you in for a full purchase.
  17. Feb 14, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  18. Mar 3, 2011
    A unique and completely new idea that tries to push the adventure genre forward.
  19. Feb 9, 2011
    If I were to rank Double Fine Studios' oeuvre, Stacking would have a strong shot at nestling atop the list, given the game's impeccable humor and collectable-friendly gameplay.
  20. Apr 7, 2011
    Stacking is a fun, memorable experience and its sheer uniqueness makes it another successful endeavor by Double Fine.
  21. Feb 17, 2011
    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.
  22. Mar 7, 2011
    Although its story and world with its dark and gloomy industrial setting is interesting, its puzzle-solving and platforming elements are to easy. The game might be great for casual gamers and those who are new to the genre, but those who expected Schaefers old lunacy and absurdities, will probably be disappointed.
  23. 80
    The unique style and setting of Double Fine's matryoshka-based Stacking provides plenty of fun and challenging puzzles and tasks. It's polished, detailed and filled charm and inventivesness. There may not be a lot left to do after you've collected everything there is to collect, but if you enjoy clever puzzles and original designs, don't miss out on Stacking.
  24. Feb 10, 2011
    Yet another creative, unique game from Double Fine. Who would guess playing with dolls could be this much fun?
  25. Feb 13, 2011
    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 23, 2011
    Stacking won't appeal to everyone, and if you're not sold on the game's premise at this point then you're probably one of those gamers. If you enjoy adventure-style games and/or something a little unique and different than most games out there, though, you'll probably enjoy your time with Stacking.
  27. Mar 23, 2011
    Frankly, we could play Stacking for 20 hours, and it's just a shame we can't. [Issue#107, p.110]
  28. Feb 25, 2011
    It's as immediately accessible and likeable as Costume Quest, and even more rewarding towards diligent players who aren't satisfied with simply finding easy solutions.
  29. Feb 9, 2011
    An enchanting world seamlessly combines with fun gameplay and rewarding puzzles to make Stacking a magical adventure.
  30. Feb 9, 2011
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 11, 2011
    Incredibly stylised, unique and intuitive. An artistic demonstration of what can be done with an interactive medium. Be warned however, it does come with Schafer's signature "How the hell was I s'pose to figure that out" puzzles. A must buy if you are looking for something entirely different. Full Review »
  2. Feb 27, 2011
    One of the most beautiful, creative, puzzling, and enjoyable games I've played in a long time. Fantastic art, great dialog, clever puzzles, with lots of extras to keep things interesting. It even features a good built-in hint system with progressively more revealing hints in case you're really stuck. Full Review »
  3. Mar 6, 2011
    The style of the game is immediately eye-catching and oozing with charm, which drew me in enough to buy the game. The soundtrack is minimal and a bit too sombre for the quirky style of the game for my liking, I say this because 'Double Fine' have fun and entertaining games but the sound design fell a bit short, as in the fact I was hoping for some upbeat 1930s-esq (could be a bit off with the era it is portraying) tune in there somewhere through the adventure. It was a fun ride but a short one and I cant help feeling that they held back on the puzzles, because there is so much potential for the mechanic of the game. The pricing was a bit steep, but none the less a charming adventure-puzzle game. Full Review »