About The Game
It can’t be much fun to discover you’ve got a ‘pink spaghetti arm’ sticking out of your head, but that’s the hand Ray Wood’s been dealt in crazy platform puzzler Stick it to the Man, available to download from Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
After being bashed on the bonce by a mysterious object, Ray wakes up in hospital, only to discover a new appendage attached to his brain. Better – or should that be worse? – yet, he’s able to read minds. And that may be his only out, as he finds himself framed for his girlfriend’s murder, surrounded by shadowy thugs, and most definitely on the run from ‘The Man’.
Inhabiting a platforming world made from paper and stickers, Ray is able to fold and tear the structures around him, and his spaghetti arm is handy when it comes to clasping platforms or swinging from push-pins. Better yet, he can peel stickers from the world around him and attach them to objects and people to solve puzzles: if a disgruntled goon is blocking your way, slap a friendly dog’s mouth on his face to improve his mood so he lets you pass! It’s a puzzling world, and no mistake…
Ray can also learn people’s motives with his new-found telepathy. Pick up the Wii U GamePad, and it’ll switch to mind-reading mode – hold it up to your TV and search for characters, then zoom in on their brains to read their thoughts or straight-up pluck them from their heads! It’s an appealing skill that’ll help Ray escape sticky situations, as he tries to evade the host of crazies that populate this outlandish, aberrant town. When you’re not picking peoples’ brains, you can also find your way around with a helpful map on the GamePad – or you can play off-TV altogether!
With a curious eye on retro run-and-jump action, Stick It To The Man contains an insane amount of humour that constantly threatens to tear the very folds of its world. Is Ray cut out for life on the lam? Can he escape the bind he’s in? Will he ever discover why The Man wants him pulped? There’s only one way to find out – get stuck in!
Have you ever read a review from a reviewer who didn't like a game only to completely disagree with them.
I don't like Stick it to the man.
In fact I'd be quite happy to never ever boot up the game again for the rest of my life.
I however I'm neither stupid nor arrogant enough to assume everyone else would share my opinions.
Many people have played the game through to completion and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Many will do the same in future.
The game is a mild puzzle, point, click and collect adventure with the odd very minor platform jumping thrown in.
You'll spend vast amounts of this game either watching cut scenes or listening to people talk (either out loud or in their heads)
And it's the script that will most likely see this game succeed or fail.
Ray certainly isn't about to win any best looking awards for his appearance but the art style could swing either way dependant on player perception.
I wasn't particularly amused with the dialogue (the odd line here and there made me laugh) so the game was a pretty bland overall experience even though I played it through to completion.
If you do find the script amusing you'll certainly get far more from the game.
After being hit on the head and now having an alien inside Ray can read other peoples thoughts (and even steal a few stickers from some of them)
You can read the thoughts of almost everyone in the game (including some animals) and the basic premise of the game involves doing so and sticking various stickers in the right places to help people.
This start of a chain reaction that opens up more parts of the game to advance onwards.
Locations where stickers are required are clearly highlighted so all you'll have to do is find the right sticker and stick it in place.
Some of these are more puzzle like than others but none are much of a brain strain.
Reading the mind of a bunny locked in an asylum was an interesting experience some one get this bunny some tea!
You'll also have the odd non sticker related puzzle to solve along the way but again nothing overly brain taxing.
The game features some light platform jumping but for the most part it's just the next part of the level and not set up to provide a challenge other than the sections where you have to get from one side to the a group of platforms to the other with 2 or 3 agents trying to get you. (Mind reading can disable some of these agents)
The game features a total of 10 chapters the first 2 you'll beat within minutes, and chapter 8 is just a run and jump throw away too.
The other 7 feature bigger maps with puzzles and minds to read, you can complete chapters without reading the mind of every single person.
You can replay any chapters you've previously beaten and go back to complete any brain parts you missed during your first run.
The game for most will likely run between 5 and 7 hours depending on how much of the game you want to beat or how many of the optional parts you skip.
I'll be honest I was so happy to read the words Final Chapter I don't ever want to play this game again.
Amusing dialogue if the humour appeals to you.
Easy to pick up, and play regardless of skill level.
A decent amount of puzzles if not overly taxing.
Wacky story (while making absolutely no sense) progresses reasonably well.
Excellent voice acting throughout the game.
Reasonably unique art style. (This could work both ways)
A game so wacky even santa made it in
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
If the sense of humour doesn't suit you then you'll get almost nothing from the game.
Over 50% of the game is spent reading, listening or watching cut scenes rather than playing an actual game.
Game is a little on the short side. (Most seasoned gamers will be done in under 6 hours)
Puzzles offer very little challenge. (Though that is mostly by design)
Reasonably unique art style. (Again this can work both ways)
Well personally I found it mind numbingly boring but having said that a lot of people love this game and that should be remembered too.
For the most part the game feels like an interactive graphic novel as you'll spend most of the game watching or listening to various characters and their woes.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing I've played various interactive novels on consoles in the past and enjoyed some of them.
In the end the humour wasn't really my style but that's just a personal thing.
One thing for certain with the game play as basic as it for most the humour of the game will make or break your view of it.
A review copy of the game was purchased by Video Game Legacy and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.