A Doubly Fine Adventure: Stick It To The Man

It's like Vegas, only with more pretty lights and fewer people claiming to be able to read your mind.

I haven’t gotten to play any of sidescrolling not-quite-point-and-click-adventure Stick It To The Man, but its general reception on consoles was something to the effect of, “I can’t believe this wasn’t made by Tim Schafer.” To my mind, there are few more ringing endorsements of hybrid adventures/puzzle platformers, especially ones that bear a decently significant conceptual resemblance to brilliant brain-tickler Psychonauts, among others. Stick It To The Man will fire its psychic star lasers at Steam next week, and you can see a video of it in action below.

It looks quite nice, but um, that music. It was like the trailer spent its entire runtime talking over itself. What a strangely cacophonous thing. It’s a shame, too, because apparently the game’s dialogue is quite clever, having hatched from the brilliance-oozing brain sac of Adventure Time and Dinosaur Comics writer Ryan North.

Here’s how the story plays out:

“Meet Ray, he lives in a world where everything is made out of paper and stickers. One day he has an accident and wakes up with a giant pink spaghetti arm sticking out of his brain. This gives him awesome powers and he can suddenly change the world around him by folding it, tearing it, pulling stickers off and sticking them elsewhere! And if that weren’t enough, Ray can also read peoples minds! Digging into the brains of his fellow citizens, Ray can hear their thoughts and use that to his advantage.”

“Unfortunately, Ray doesn’t have much time to get to grips with his new abilities. He is framed by ‘The Man’ with a crime he didn’t commit, and is on the run. Can you help to get Ray out of this sticky situation? Get ready to tear it, rip it and Stick it to the Man!”

Gameplay, meanwhile, is a mix of light action, character interaction, and puzzles set against a Metroidvania-style backdrop. It’s certainly got my eye, but will it sink its hooks into my brain? And what about the rest of me?

We’ll find out next week, I suppose. I know you’re on the edge of your seat, a puddle of anticipatory fluids pooling just beneath it, awaiting my opinion. I’ll leave you to that, then. Strange, entirely unverified stalker obsessions are the source of my powers.


  1. rustybroomhandle says:

    I might have played a different game than Nathan here, but Psychonauts is far from being a “brain-tickler” – it’s mostly a platformy-brawly sort of thing.

    • Lars Westergren says:

      Perhaps he meant characters who got their brain tickled rather than players? I got my brain tickled good by Psychonauts by the way, but more in the “gosh this music, art and story is fantastic” sense than the “puzzle hard, can’t brain!” sense.

      This looks nice too.

    • Jackablade says:

      …in which you manipulate, or tickle, if you will, other people’s brains.

      Stick it to the Man does certainly look like it’s taking a substantial inspiration from Psychonauts, with just a smidgen of Rayman. Which is to say, rather amazing.

      EDIT: Damn it Lars, stop saying what I want to say before I say it.

      • Lars Westergren says:

        Someone probably stole your thoughts and placed them in my brain.

        • The Dark One says:

          It’s clearly a sensitive topic.

          • Lars Westergren says:

            Or a topical sentence. (Just to be clear, I was joking, since it is what the game is about)

          • The Dark One says:

            I, too, was attempting to joke. Being sensitive to tickling, and such.

  2. Noviere says:

    This looks great!

  3. golem09 says:

    I was already eyeing this on PSN, especially because of that music.
    Glad it made it’s way to steam that fast, and by next week I should have sold enough of my cards to afford this.

  4. Paroxysm says:

    The Double Fine Two Headed Baby actually has a cameo in the game. I have as of yet found no reason for this other than they just like Double Fine.

  5. Caiman says:

    Game looks great, but holy crap that’s the most annoying trailer I’ve seen in a while. I had to quit halfway through.

  6. rustybroomhandle says:

    It’s not Double Fine. Methinks you have some confusion. :)

  7. sonson says:

    “Meet Ray, he lives in a world made out of paper and stickers”

    Is this century’s “Call me Ishmael” as far as I’m concerned

  8. Jalan says:

    Looks interesting, but I still want that Psychonauts spin-off where you play as Boyd Cooper.