Stick-It-To-The-Man-Review Stick It To The Man Review

   08/05/2014 at 12:32       Chris OToole       3 COMMENTS. - Score 5/5
 - Zoink! Studios, Ripstone Games, Puzzle, Platformer
In Stick It To The Man you find yourself in the shoes of Ray, an unassuming hard hat tester living happily in his cardboard world. that is until he's struck by a falling head slug giving him the super power of having a wibbly-wobbly spaghetti arm protruding from his bonce. 

This new found appendage allows you to manipulate the scenery, tearing the facade off buildings to see what's going on inside, peeling off stickers stuck to the world and even as a handy hookshot using the handy pins dotted around the place. The most important use though is as a mind reader. Sticking the arm to the fizzog of one of the many brilliant characters lets you listen to what they are thinking, which can help you solve a puzzle or even provide you with an item sticker in a little thought bubble.

Stick It To The Man is beautifully presented with a sparkling script and fantastic voice acting, so listening to peoples innermost thoughts never gets old, and it has just the right amount of subversive comedy, so it's can to appeal to all ages, bot my wife and daughter thought it was totally hilarious for different reasons. At times it reminded me of the very best Nickleodeon cartoons from days of yore and it managed to elicit more than a few full belly laughs from me.

Mechanically the game brings to mind last years The Cave from Double Fine, it has that same puzzling and platforming mix, though Stick It To The Man manages iron out a few frustrations The Cave had. You can carry all your found stickers at once, so there is very little repetitive back-tracking and the controls are spot on, so you can avoid a chasing agent by zipping around the place using your spaghetti arm coupled with some frantic jumping.

The puzzles aren't too hard either, which is great as it keeps the game moving at an excellent pace and lets you hear more of the jokes. You shouldn't get lost that much either, as on the Wii U version of the game the map is helpfully provided on the gamepad, you can also hold the gamepad to the screen to read minds if the fancy takes you, which is fun the first few times, but in all honesty it's easier just to use the sticks. It also has full offscreen support, so you can play to your hearts content when the rabble are watching something awful on the telly.

Stick It To The Man is one of those lovely surprise games, with little fanfare it seems to have come out of nowhere and staked its claim of being one of the very best adventure puzzlers for many a moon. It blew me away from hearing Kenny Roger's Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) on the title screen until the conclusion of the crazy ape bonkers but totally fun story.

Go and give Stick It To The Man a download, it's a gem of a game and as long as it's to the same standards I can't wait to see what Zoink! Studios has in store for us next.

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Flying_Pig - on 11/05/2014 at 19:53 wrote:
Great review. I still haven't played it yet, but after reading the review it's now top of my 'play next' list.

Flying_Pig - on 01/06/2014 at 21:58 wrote:
Just finished this and definitely enjoyed it, and agree with the The Cave reference - much more enjoyable than that one.

evilashchris - on 02/06/2014 at 15:05 wrote:
Hooray! Glad you enjoyed it :D

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