Stick It to The Man! PS4 Review
by GamerFitnation on May 14, 2014 at 04:11 PM EDT

By: Michael Arrietta
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Developer: Zoink!

Publisher: Ripstone

Systems: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, PC

Release Date: May 6, 2014 (PS4)

Genre: Puzzle-Adventure

Prepare yourself for something weird and wonderful.

Zoink!’s Puzzle-Adventure Stick It to The Man is a hilarious journey through a paper and cardboard world that is anything but flat. Ray Doewood is our nervous and unlikely hero through a bizarre and unique world that resembles something between Tim Burton and 90’s Nickelodeon.

The story begins when Ray is struck in the head with a top-secret government canister. When he wakes, he finds a giant pink spaghetti arm protruding from the top of his head. You soon learn that the arm allows Ray to grapple and swing his way around the world, but more importantly, read the minds of anyone and everyone you meet(seriously, everyone). It’s all fun and games until Ray realizes he’s being hunted down by a shadowy figure known only as “The Man.”

The Man isn't known for his sunny disposition.

The Man isn’t known for his sunny disposition.

The story then takes a turn for the wonderfully insane as you run, jump, and spaghetti-arm-swing your way through a variety of locations, from an insane asylum and crazed carnival to zombie-filled labs and even SPACE. Along the way, you’ll deal with a colorful cast of characters, including a deranged taxidermist, disco-dancing mobster, and an imaginary bunny named Joe.

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Love is fleeting. Taxidermy is forever.

The game is a 3D sidescroller, meaning you’ve got the depth to move forward/backwards through the world, similar to the LittleBigPlanet series. Gameplay consists of solving puzzles by gathering “stickers” (essentially items) and sticking them in the appropriate place to propel the story. You get sticks in a variety of ways, sometimes just swiping them off the ground or reading a person’s mind and pulling it from their thoughts. In addition to that, you also have to evade The Man’s agents at certain points, using a mix of mind-reading, deceit, and clever platforming tactics.

The puzzles are kept interesting by the amazing characters you encounter. I can’t stress enough how impressed I was by the sheer imagination that went into this game. Everyone you meet is entirely unique and intriguing, usually in some bizarre way. On top of that, the voice acting is top-notch and the soundtrack compliments the game perfectly.

Stick It to The Man is truly unlike any other game I’ve played. It offered a completely unique experience, not something you come across often these days. The narrative is consistently hilarious, and the humor is always new and never gets old or tired as the game goes on. It tends to lean towards a darker kind of humor, which is why I compared it to a Tim Burton film, but it is really a world of its own. It’s silly and insane, but it always manages to connect back to the overarching storyline.

Ray meets a lot of...unique people.

Ray meets a lot of…unique people.

The game is ten chapters long, and takes about five hours to run through from beginning to end, depending on how quickly you solve the puzzles or how much time you spend listening to people’s thoughts. Either way, it’s not incredibly long, and due to the narrative-heavy nature of the game, there’s really nothing to gain by replaying it. Sure, you might want to snag a few trophies you missed the first time around, but the story won’t offer anything new.

Ultimately, Stick It to The Man delivers on just about every front. It provides an imaginative and hilarious experience that is unlike any other game on the market. Puzzles are always interesting, but never frustrating, and the unique art style, excellent voice acting, and great soundtrack make it the total-package.

A relatively short campaign and lack of replayability are the only things that hold the game back. Even though it’s only $14.99 on most platforms (or free this month for PS Plus members on PS4), it is essentially useless after five hours of gameplay.

Keeping all of that in mind, I still highly recommend the game for a fun and unique experience that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.

GamerFitnation gives Stick It to The Man an 8/10.

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