Stick it to the Man has finally made its way to Xbox One so we played through from start to finish. Stick it to the Man is a humorous and captivating 2.5D platform puzzle game, with some roots in the point and click genre, where all characters are made of paper and have thoughts in the form of stickers.
You follow the protagonist named Ray through a world of The Man who is after him because a canister fell on his head from a plane and a life form entered his brain, the life form is known only as Ted. Ted gives Ray the ability to manipulate the environment with a large pink stretchy arm that comes from his head as well as read people’s minds and pull objects from their thoughts as stickers. You can carry multiple stickers in your inventory and use them in appropriate circumstances to progress through the level.
The voice acting is impressive, even more so with such a small group forming the Swedish developer Zoink! Even though multiple characters are played by the same voice actors you’ll find you don’t pick up on it to the point of repetitiveness. With every intractable character living and dead, has something to say or at least think about and every one of them is voiced.
The agents, that are out to capture Ray and Ted, will spot you at some distance and will quickly become the biggest grievance with the game as you try to work out how to avoid them and avoid being spotted.
There are some minor spoilers in our play through video below as we play through part of Chapter 2.
Stick it to the Man takes the bold step of rewarding players with Achievements and Trophies for mostly carrying out skill and outside of the box thinking and not the usual level based achievement. There isn’t one Achievement or Trophy awarded for completing a Chapter or even the game, something which you’ll find yourself wanting to do without the promise of more rewards.
The game feels a little short with a play through taking a couple of hours from start to finish and once you know what is what, you could do it in under an hour but then you’d be missing out on the little quirks and humour in the game. The length of the game is a little disappointing in that you feel it is over with too soon but it is also a blessing as if it were any longer you could find yourself getting tired of the dialogue which, whilst funny at times, can break up the flow of the progression.
Stick it to the Man is available on PC via Steam, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.