Stick it to the Man! - Wii U

Release Date:

May 01, 2014

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Also on UK.


In Stick it to the Man for the Wii U, Ray has a bizarre accident and wakes up with a giant pink spaghetti arm sticking out of his brain, giving him extraordinary mind-reading powers. Ray can suddenly change the world with stickers, transforming his paper universe by tearing it, folding it and using the crazy stickers he finds (along with his awesome new powers) to solve mind-boggling puzzles! Sadly, Ray doesn't have much time to get to grips with his new-fangled psychic abilities. Instead, he’s on the run from ‘The Man’ for a crime he didn’t commit. Can you help Ray out of this sticky situation?

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'Stick it to the Man' is developed by Zoink! The game captured the imagination of gamers all over the world thanks to its fascinating art style, bizarre premise, and absolute commitment to its main character, Ray. The game premiered at E3 in 2013 and has since gone on to become the flagship game for Zoink! Whether or not you are into what these guys have done, the game is definitely worth checking out if only for the artistic merits that it possesses. Still, Ray won't be the hero for everyone and we understand if they choose to pass. For those that decide to keep going, 'Stick it to the Man' becomes a real treat.

So what is it all about?

You are Ray. You live in a seemingly 2D world where everything seems to be made out of paper and stickers. The world is flat, much in the vein of 'Paper Mario'. Our hero goes by the name of Ray Doewood. He's one of those protagonists that knows something is up with the world but he isn't quite sure what to do with that knowledge. Despite his general affability in a town full of outright hostility, the world seems to push in on him. One day he wakes up to find a giant pink spaghetti arm seemingly growing out of his skull. This amazing new appendage allows him to tear, fold, rip, and pull apart the once flat world that exists all around him. He is also able to dig into the brains of the fellow residents of his odd little plane of existence in order to read their minds. All is not well for shlubby Ray as one day he finds out that he is wanted for a tragic crime that he did not commit. There is a mysterious figure that goes by 'The Man' behind it all. Ray has to run, but where can he go? How will his new powers help?

An experience unlike any other.

Within seconds of booting up the video game you will find yourself in a whole new, unique world. In an instant you will either appreciate the art and style or you will hate it. There really seems to be no middle ground for the gamers that have tried out 'Stick it to the Man'. The game hones in on the classic crime noir feel with dirty sounding guitar and the classic narrators voice. The world around Ray seems dismal, dreary, and altogether unkind. Characters move in and out of their dingy little buildings almost as if they are ashamed to be seen. The world seems repulsive and something akin to 'Ren and Stimpy' on steroids with a little bit of acid mixed in. The art style of the game seems almost childish until you realize that everything there is no good.

Perhaps the strongest point that the game has going for it is the fact that it is ridiculously self aware. The writers made sure to add in a whole slew of inside jokes and industry references that will make most careful listeners grin with excitement. There are small pieces of dialogue that are simple but so clever. The game mocks platformers at the same time that it celebrates the form (Ray's house is 'all the way on the left'). In short, we have to give props to the script writers for being so able to deftly include all of these references. The jokes only work if the audience and the characters seem to be in on it and that is definitely the case with our dear, lonely young Ray.

What kind of game are we looking at?

At first glance it really is hard to tell exactly what you should be expecting with 'Stick it to the Man'. The game looks like it could go in any one of a number of different directions. At its heart, however, this game follows the classic formula that was developed by the better platformers of our time. Ray must use his new pink appendage in order to navigate throughout his two dimensional world. He'll climb, swing, jump, and fall his way throughout the crazy world that he lives in. Special abilities, like the ones we mentioned above, also help to flesh out certain segments of the game. You'll have to guide Ray through several elaborate situations which consist of puzzles and mild roleplay aspects.

How does it play?

The driving force behind your mad dash through this two dimensional world is The Man and the fact that he wants you at all cost. The Man lives in the shadows and he is never explicitly seen by the player. We do, however, see the minions that he sends to capture Ray. Some of his minions are smarter than others and still some are dumber than a bag of rocks. You will get used to using your brain altering pink hand to adjust what the men chasing you see. There are several fun, and clever, scenarios in which you can turn the tables on your opponent.

A gloriously orchestrated sound system.

One of the shining parts of 'Stick it to the Man' is the fact that everyone in the game is fully equipped with recorded dialogue. The voice acting is on point and would seem no more out of place in an independent film. The characters are unique and dirty and funny all at once and they provide some great moments for us, the gamer.

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