Rae Doewood is your typical guy. He goes to work, does his job and clocks out just like everybody else. One day this all changes for the worse. Doewood unwillingly finds himself entangled in some pretty unfortunate events which in turn forces him to embark on a hilariously unforgettable journey. On his way home, Rae is unexpectedly struck by canister that fell out of the sky by some clumsy government employees. This causes Rae to have a dream that he has a huge pink spaghetti-like arm protruding from the top of his head. After awakening from the dream which also serves as a tutorial, Rae realizes that the peculiar spaghetti arm wasn't only part of his dream and is actually stuck on him. To make matters worse, Rae soon finds out that he is a wanted man.
Stick it to The Man is broken up into 10 pretty short but uproariously funny chapters. The primary goal of each chapter is to escape the area by solving a series of pretty strange but interesting puzzles. One puzzle had me taking the legs off of conjoined triplets, then taking those same legs and placing them on a ghost, then having the ghost go talk to his son and tell him how much he appreciated him before he died. Each chapter is full of insanely far-fetched quests but all with their own unique twist that had me traversing the chapters maps trying to find a way to advance the plot.
I also found these puzzles to be cleverly crafted enough so they weren't too easy therefore requiring me to do some brain-work but at the same time they weren't unfairly hard. Stick it to The Man is made even more entertaining due to the humorous voice acting that is implemented into the game. Every crazy individual that crosses Doewood's path has an even crazier story to tell but what is more comical is the stories they don't tell. The stories that can only be obtained by reading their minds.
Reading peoples minds gives Rae the ability to grab characters thoughts with his spaghetti hand and use those thoughts on other people in the game or environments to solve the puzzles. Listening to people's thoughts is usually where Stick it to The Man gave me the most laughs as well.
I aslo found Rae to be a charismatic character. Admittedly the first time I heard him speak I thought his constant complaining would eventually get the best of me and he would become an annoying protagonist, but I was surprised by how quickly this quirky little guy began to grow on me. I also enjoyed how each map is explorable and allows you to venture off a little and talk to other people and dig into their minds. The size of each chapter also makes some of the puzzles a tad bit more difficult because it requires you to backtrack sometimes and go to areas of the map you have already been, forcing you to remember each conversation and thought in order to make progress.
As soon as I starting the game, I was amazed by how beautiful the art style of this game was. This charming style was one of the first things that grabbed by attention. The 2D environments look amazing and fit the cartoon theme of the game. Environments are populated with some weird but charismatic, superbly drawn characters as well as a soundtrack that fits the setting perfectly.
Stick it to The Man is a short adventure but one worth playing. The fun puzzles, beautiful environments, and peculiar characters makes Rae Doewood's insane journey an extremely enjoyable and intensely hilarious experience.
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