Stacking is probably unlike anything you've ever played before. You take control of Charlie Blackmore, the world's smallest Matryoshka doll, in an adventure to save your family from "The Baron" an evil corporate executive that is kidnapping children and using them for free labor. The gameplay is filled with puzzles that you must solve that can have between one and six different solutions to them. The game's hint system is almost too helpful, because your third and final hint pretty much tells you exactly what to do.
The game looks great. The graphics are very good for an arcade title, but I think the cutscenes were my most favorite part. They're told in a silent film style, where you see the various characters moving about and shaking their heads or bodies, and then what was said pops up on screen, etc. It was an interesting and unique way to tie in the history and backstory of Matryoshka dolls into the game.
There are three "plot missions" That take you on different forms of transportation, and on each you must use other dolls to solve puzzles. For example, using Merriweather Malador's flatulate ability, you must evacuate the Royal Lounge in the train station. There are many different abilities, like A Proper Uppercut, Deliver Justice, and, one of my favorites, "Poot."
Main missions aside, each level has between 18-24 "unique dolls" to collect and find. While you may see dozens of bullies and old ladies, you'll only see Hans Ollendorf in certain levels. Also, you have quite a few "Hi-Jinks" you can complete in each level, which require using certain dolls abilities on other dolls. Perhaps it asks you to scare five child dolls with a clown, or get five dolls made-over on the cruise. Each level is relatively short if you only complete each challenge once and don't attempt any Hi-Jinks or look for unique dolls. Although, you can spend a few hours in each level if you decide you want to hunt down a unique doll or fart on a few people to complete a Hi-Jinks.
Even with the "Lost Hobo King" DLC mission, the game can still be completed in one day, which is disappointing when you see the $15 price tag. The achievements are not difficult either, as most of them just require you to complete all Hi-Jinks and collect all unique dolls.
Stacking is fun, enjoyable game that is perfect for when you want to kick back, relax, and have some fun. However, considering how brief the game is, $15 is a little pricy for it. This would probably be a better buy if it was on sale. Hold off on this one until you see it a bit cheaper.