Last time on RanStacking we rescued our family. Not just our oldest, largest sibling but our ENTIRE family, because apparently the Baron went out and recaptured all of them, include our dear old Mum. He also dug out our father for some reason. I am not sure where he was holding him since the intro and he never actually tells us. Was he always kept prisoner on this giant train? Was he held elsewhere but moved when the rest of the Blackmores were captured? This is one of those small details that just seems to make less and less sense as I pick at it.
It doesn’t help that I completely misread the foreshadowing. I anticipated the Baron disguising himself as our Dad, I thought Dad was either gone or subsumed within The Stack of Evil. In no way did I expect Dad to be genuinely there and uncompromised.
The Baron effectively being 5 evil people in one was an interesting idea, but not a whole lot was really done with it; it was just a multistage boss fight/puzzle where each Blackmore sibling has to work together with a random person from the crowd. The final stage was more interesting though I am kind of ashamed at how long it took me to click as to the analogy it was using.
I definitely enjoyed my time with Stacking, but I am not really likely to go back. It has a neat aesthetic and spends some time exploring it without letting it outstay its welcome these days I am much more partial to an experience which doesn’t take more than a few hours to complete. I only have so much time to play after all.
At this stage I am planning on moving on to other games, starting with a single session game on Friday, but if you are interested in seeing the Hobo based DLC for Stacking, please leave a comment and let me know.