Year: 2011
System: PS3 (PSN), Xbox 360 (XBLA), PC

Leave it to Tim Schafer to create a quirky puzzle title based in late 19th century Russia…using stacking matryoshka dolls to solve puzzles. As the smallest of a group of siblings who were kidnapped by an villainous baron, you must “stack into” bigger dolls in order to utilize their abilities and solve crises appropriate for the era (the first puzzle involves getting a group of station personnel to stop the union members from striking, for example). You’ll be charmed silent film presentation and stop motion-esque aesthetic, to say nothing of the game’s funny script and interesting puzzle mechanics.