Hot on the heels of the well-received Costume Quest, Tim Shafer’s studio Double Fine has announced its next game for Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network, called Stacking. A debut teaser trailer has been released to accompany the announcement (via IGN).
Stacking is an open-world third-person adventure-puzzle game with an early twentieth-century aesthetic. The game’s denizens are all matryoshkas –those Russian dolls you can stack inside one another– and the game’s protagonist, Charlie Blackmore, has the dubious distinction of being the worlds smallest matryoshka.
Many of Stacking’s characters have unique abilities, which Charlie can use to solve puzzles by jumping inside them. Charlie can stack multiple characters on his “person,” and then re-stack those personas to get at the abilities he needs to solve any given puzzle. After all, only the outermost doll’s powers will be accessible. Puzzles will have multiple solutions as well, leaving it up to the player to decide the best approach to take.
Stacking will hit the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade as a downloadable this spring. Pricing has yet to be announced.
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