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Double Fine's next game is 'Stacking,' an XBLA/PSN puzzle adventure

Double Fine, Tim Schafer's creator of wonders, has announced that its next game will be a downloadable title called Stacking, which we were relieved to discover doesn't involve falling blocks or being bored. It does involve looking awesome, though - the game casts you as Charlie Blackmore, the world's smallest Russian stacking doll, in a '30s-era puzzle-adventure. It's not your average game pitch.

Blackmore solves puzzles by jumping into other stacking dolls and assuming their identities (and powers), and each puzzle has multiple solutions, according to the exclusive IGN reveal:

"Typically in adventure-puzzle games there's one wacky way to solve an issue, but Stacking grants you the freedom to resolve the same situation in different ways. If you need to get Charlie past a guard, perhaps you'll "stack" on a pretty lady doll and distract him or maybe you'll try and sneak past him. Either way, when you decipher a new solution you'll be rewarded so you're encouraged to try out several problem-solving methods."

Stacking is Double Fine's second original downloadable game, after the recently-released Costume Quest. It's scheduled for release in spring 2011. Check out the debut trailer below, as well as our screenshot viewer for more mash-up matryoshkas.

Nov 11, 2010

10 comments

  • Crimmy - November 25, 2010 1:38 a.m.

    I do hope that this game will be good.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - November 24, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    It reminds me of the LEGO series, now that I think about it a bit. Only cooler. If you couldn't tell by the article, I'm a bit of a Schafer fan. ;)
  • KnightDehumidifier - November 24, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    Double Fine has this thing that a lot of developers seem to lack lately. It's called "imagination", it's a thing where you think of something that is pertaining to the creative and not often what is deemed of the norm.
  • nikos_the_great - November 24, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    Looks very interesting. More so than costume quest. I might buy it.
  • gelatinabomination - November 24, 2010 5:54 a.m.

    I am so psyched for this.
  • MetalReborn - November 24, 2010 4:54 a.m.

    lol tim schafer must smoke so must weed to think up this stuff
  • Syncmaster - November 24, 2010 2:12 a.m.

    In Double Fine I trust! needs moar psychonauts!
  • ThePurpleDragon - November 24, 2010 2:12 a.m.

    I've only gotten 1 PSN game before, Ratchet and Clank and the Quest for Booty (or whatever it was), but I guarantee this will be the next
  • Safalo - November 24, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    Woah, now that's something unique! Nice! Plus, I also found that kind of doll funny! =D
  • GhostofTaft - November 24, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    Want

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