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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Brilliant, thoughtful puzzler has a little violence.

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Double Fine Productions' games are reliably quirky (see Broken Age) and usually pretty fun (see Psychonauts). Stacking is no exception. Charming, witty, and focused on clever conundrums rather than any sort of serious or sustained violence, it forces players to find creative solutions to puzzling situations. Satisfaction comes not only in solving the puzzles -- there's usually more than one way to do so, and it sometimes requires the abilities of more than one doll -- but also working through the original and morally unimpeachable anti-child-labor narrative. You're going to root for Charlie and cheer all his victories, large and small.

It's a visual treat, too. The dolls have a wonderfully detailed hand-painted appearance, and the world, which carries an authentic 19th-century industrial vibe in its architecture and textures, begs to be studied -- which is nice, since keen observation is key to solving many of the puzzles. Families looking for a fun, thoughtful interactive experience can't go wrong here.

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