Stacking

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Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Released: February 2011. Added to this library 12 weeks ago.

Overview

Stacking is puzzle game where characters are Russian stacking matryoshka dolls. Controlling the smallest doll in the game, Charlie Blackmore, you go on an adventure. Your main ability is that you can stack and unstack into larger dolls and gain their abilities to solve puzzles.

It's a novel idea made all the better because each puzzle has a number of ways it can be solved. Find a particularly elegant solution and you find additional puzzles and challenges that flesh out the wider world of the game.

The game is set in a fictional industrial age and tracks with events of the time featuring chimney sweeps, powerful industrialists and child apprenticeships. As Charlie, you are tasked with rescuing your siblings from the workhouse as coal shovelers.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

In-game purchases for "The Lost Hobo King" additional chapters with a substantial new adventure.

Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 7+.

Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ with Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco.

Accessibility

System settings: Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. Xbox One has a wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode... read more.


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