Over the last few weeks, I’ve been playing a retro filler in Treasure Stack. It’s a puzzle based game crossover with Tetris, Treasure Stack offers a fast-paced party game like no other. As treasure chests and keys fall from the ceiling above you and threaten to fill the room, the player takes direct control of the pixelated hero as you run, jump, grab, climb, grapple and stack as many matching colours as you can.
Now, one of the blessings with this game is that there are so many different ways to play, you can go it alone in solo play and just beat each high score you set yourself, online play where you take things to that bit more extreme and go up against ranked leaderboard to really test your stacking abilities (I swear I’m not publishing an ad for a Tesco’s Stacker job) or keep it nice and local with 3 friends and battle those leaderboards together. You can always make things competitive and just battle amongst yourself for the title of stacking champion.
I must admit it’s not completely like Tetris in the sense that part of this game is matching the right coloured key, to the right coloured chest so it does test your patience to keep an eye on what chests are likely to get high. Like most of these games if there isn’t enough room for the chests to drop into the bay then its game over. Be mindful, you look out for opportunities to get rid of a load of chests in one go, as not only does this clear a good bunch in one go but it also gets you those big bonuses.
As a brief side note, I will say that it’s best to take your time before challenging a friend or foe to this game, as the controls are very difficult and takes a hell of a getting used too. You have to work out how to move the boxes but somehow if you’re underneath two boxes you can somehow magically appear on top of those said boxes. It’s somewhat confusing and the grapple itself is a bit of a strange concept to get your head round as this is just as difficult to use, and I did find myself wondering why I would want to speed the level up when I can that time to move boxes around and set yourself up to complete the level quicker.
I did enjoy the setting of this game to start with as I thought the whole bay/basement area seemed fitting for the characters your playing as but the more I played this game I felt there was room for improvement as they could have moved it onto a palace type setting or even a crown jewel type room. The characters are very simplistic and there isn’t really any personalisation to them which again, I think is something that the game missed out on. It includes items to help you get your way through the dark dingy bay.
Overall, I would say that this game is a great time filler but for a long story mode thriller to get yourself involved with, this sadly isn’t that. It's good for those party evenings where you can all jump straight onto it without fuss or long wait times. The online aspect of ranked leaderboards does make it a competitive game to be involved with but I don’t think it personally stretches more than that.
- 3 different modes to get involved with, solo, local multiplayer and online multiplayer
- Competitive leaderboard gameplay for everyone involved
- Setting matches the soundtrack and character choices for the game
- Not any personalisation to the characters of the game
- Level stays the same, was hoping for an environment change
- Controls do take some getting your head around and aren’t the easiest things to work with