Review: Stick It To The Man
Stick It To The Man will have you exploring a world made of paper and stickers; helping Ray who has just woken up from a bizarre accident with a giant pink spaghetti arm sticking out of his brain. This gives him extraordinary mind-reading powers, as well as being able to transform the world around him by tearing it, folding it and using the crazy stickers he finds to solve mind-boggling puzzles. Sadly, Ray doesn’t have much time to get to grips with his new psychic abilities as he’s on the run from ‘The Man’ for a crime he didn’t commit! Can you change the world with stickers and help Ray out of this sticky situation?
- Absolutely brilliant art style in the game. Opting for a very cardboard cut out in a cut out 3D world, Characters look fresh and new while yet retaining the allure of games past. It has a dark tone to the game with its colours and palette used. The animations kind of remind me of cartoons past like Rocko’s modern life or Ren and Stimpy.
- Music that accompanies the game is of an equally high standard. Again with dark undertones the music changes upon location and dialogue. Hearing bands play music or whether it be just ambient noise of the circus, Every note sounds excellent.
- The game centers around Ray who happens to get a hand stuck to his head that only he can see. With this hand he is able to read the minds of any character in game, even down to the animals. I dont want to say much about the story as it will spoil it for you. The fun is in the not knowing.
- Controls are simple with the left triggers used for controlling your mind reading spaghetti on steroids magic hand.
- The game is a platformer with point and click properties. Use your hand to collect stickers which act as items in the game world. Puzzles are littered throughout and require in any cases, You finding a certain sticker to give to someone to then trigger another sticker.
- The true star of the show is actually the script. Its superbly written and equally well delivered by the voice actors. Every character has its own persona and tone to the game. The script is both informative and humorous, At many points in the game you will have a good laugh.
- The puzzle system is a classic used in most old school point and click adventure games. Kind of like the same methods used in say Discworld.
- You have a map which is helpful, Showing you where you need to go, have been and who you haven’t spoken too.
- Levels are broken down into chapters and the overall game length is a good few hours.
- Helpful hints pop up as and when you need them and o nothing but help keep you immersed.
- The game world is just brilliant.
- Once the game is over, There is very little to bring you back.
- You can be completely lost at points as you forget what is going on, Very very rare I might add.
- You may not like the puzzle mechanics.
In Summary, This game is brilliant fun to not only play but to also watch. The script writing is some of the best and a lot of top devs could do with taking notes from this title. The timing of punchlines, the delivery of jokes and the overall pace is perfect. You come for the game but you stay for the story. Its like a fully interactive cartoon. Retro gamers will appreciate the puzzle system as it harps back to a time when these type of games ruled supreme. Its just simply put, A great game that everyone must play. And last time of mentioning it but the art style and overall execution is simply brilliant. I want more of this game and I would like A Vita version!