Stacking’s delightful world opened its miniature gates on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to players. Now, the lively Russian nesting dolls that populate this handmade adventure have migrated to the PC, and in the transition, these delicate dolls have suffered a crack. Stacking invites you to visit a place where adorable characters blast, endearing visual details, and solve satisfying puzzles. It is a game that in most of us appeals to the kid, the part of us that finds joy in the simple act of playing.
Stacking is definitely tame by many standards, being a mostly non-violent game that favors brains over reflexes, telling a warm-hearted tale of a family reuniting, and throwing for good measure in a few fart jokes. But it’s also fantastically imaginative and has a large number of layers below its surface, like the dolls it shows so prominently.