I was initially surprised when I saw Stick it to the Man was coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop. The art style made it stand out drastically from the other games on the marketplace. Not only did it stand out oddly, it truly is an ugly game. Not ugly as in completely unappealing, but more so that the character’s designs are truly off-putting and strange. It doesn’t take long for that eerie art style to grow on you however, within the first level I found myself loving the gross looking characters, cardboard backgrounds, and dark atmosphere.
Stick it to the Man tells the story of Ray, a hardhat tester who is the victim of a strange accident and gains the power to read minds and manipulate the world around him. This power comes in the form of a “giant pink spaghetti arm” sticking out of his head. A mysterious group of men are seeking Ray after the accident, and the game follows his wacky adventures around town while he avoids capture.
Stick it to the Man takes the form of puzzle game, with some point and click aspects. Each level has an overall story to tell. Through the process of reading minds, Ray can resolve the townspeople’s issues as well as his own. In standard point and click style, items can be picked up and brought to different NPCs using the spaghetti arm. After helping one NPC, they usually change the environment or present a new item to bring to another NPC and so on.