For the article about the remastered games, see The Henry Stickmin Collection.
Henry Stickmin is a series of action/comedy/parody point-and-click movie-games created by PuffballsUnited, and the main subject of this wiki project.
The series follows the namesake character Henry Stickmin on his various and very dangerous adventures. First starting off as a thief trying to rob a bank, he can later become an agent of the Government partnered with a pilot named Charles Calvin, a bounty hunter, the leader of a Notorious Criminal Syndicate, or remain neutral as a Thief, either still a criminal or pardoned. Henry can also end up as an escaped prisoner of the Toppat Clan, or he could steal from them either by himself or with a partner named Ellie Rose. In these games, the player can choose the events and endings, due to the games functioning via point-and-click format.
The series has two versions available; the legacy series and The Henry Stickmin Collection, the latter featuring remastered versions of the original games and a new game, Completing the Mission, which is the final game in the series.
- 1 Summary
- 2 Plot and development
- 3 Games
- 4 Release and reception
- 5 Gallery
The namesake character is Henry Stickmin is a silent protagonist who starts his journey by breaking into a bank, which leads him into a series of infinite amounts of troubles. Characters in the series are stick figures, which means they have minimal body design and black lines instead of clothes, but distinct facial design with long linear eyes that are unique to PuffballsUnited's style.
Plot and development
Crossing the Pit
Crossing the Pit is a 2007 interactive animation created by PuffballsUnited. While not officially a Henry Stickmin game, and it is not included in The Henry Stickmin Collection (apart from the same eight options appearing in a route in Completing the Mission), the animation serves as a proof of concept for the games to follow. In Crossing the Pit, an unnamed stick figure attempts to cross a pit, and is offered eight different methods in which to do so. The player interacts with the animation by selecting an option, and watching the resulting animation. Unlike the Henry Stickmin games, none of the options result in success.
Breaking the Bank
Breaking the Bank is a 2008 point-and-click adventure game developed by PuffballsUnited. In The Henry Stickmin Collection, it serves as the game's Prologue. Similar to Crossing the Pit, Henry Stickmin has only one objective, breaking into the bank's vault, and he is only served with one series of options. Unlike Crossing the Pit however, there is a correct option, in which Henry sneaks into a decoy money bag and is tossed into the back of a armored cash transport car and delivered inside the vault. Inside, he escapes the bag, but triggers a laser tripwire, getting caught.
On April 25, 2009, Breaking the Bank was featured on the Newgrounds home page.
Escaping the Prison
Escaping the Prison is a 2010 point-and-click adventure game developed by PuffballsUnited. In The Henry Stickmin Collection, it serves as the game's Episode 1. Unlike the Breaking the Bank, the story is massively expanded, with multiple choices in succession. This would become the series' standard.
After the events of Breaking the Bank, Henry Stickmin is imprisoned and has to escape. The game offers multiple branching paths and endings with which to complete the game, but each successful ending results in Henry's escape.
Stealing the Diamond
Stealing the Diamond is a 2011 point-and-click adventure game developed by PuffballsUnited. In The Henry Stickmin Collection, it serves as the game's Episode 2. Similar to Breaking the Bank, Henry Stickmin decides to rob a museum in a massive diamond.
Infiltrating the Airship
Infiltrating the Airship is a 2013 point-and-click adventure game developed by PuffballsUnited. In The Henry Stickmin Collection, it serves as the game's Episode 3. In the game, Henry Stickmin is approached by the Government, a faction that wants Henry to investigate the Toppat Clan, a criminal organization that operates out of a large red airship, and find evidence that will allow the Government to bring charges against them. Unlike the previous games, in Infiltrating the Airship, the player can decide to align Henry with the Government or the Toppat Clan (or neither).
Fleeing the Complex
Fleeing the Complex (stylized as Fleeing the COMPLΣX) is a 2015 point-and-click adventure game developed by PuffballsUnited. In The Henry Stickmin Collection, it serves as the game's Episode 4. It follows in the same development path as Infiltrating the Airship, granting the player multiple options and paths with which to escape a maximum-security black site prison. The game introduces the character Ellie Rose, who can appear in some paths of Completing the Mission. The game offers Henry the option to be rescued by either the Government or the Toppat Clan, retroactively deciding which continuity this game is set in. If the player chooses to ask the Toppat Clan for help, Henry will be betrayed by Reginald Copperbottom, who Henry had previously deposed, and dropped into the ocean. If the player chooses to ask the Government for help, Henry will be picked up and delivered to the jungle, where the events of Completing the Mission are teased.
The Henry Stickmin Collection and Completing the Mission
Marcus Bromander announced the development of the game on Newgrounds in January 2017. He established the basic plan of the game and announced that it would be the final entry of the series. For the collection, he announced that the first game would be completely remade, and that the other games would feature remastered animation and audio. Alongside this, he posted a screenshot of the starting screen of Breaking the Bank in an all new, remastered format. As time passed, Marcus would continue updating his fans on Newgrounds, YouTube, and Twitter, including screenshots and videos of more detailed artwork for the game, and new details on the final game of the series, Completing the Mission. Originally scheduled for release sometime in 2019, the game was delayed due to the amount of work Marcus had to do in order to finish the game.
- Crossing the Pit (2007)
Henry Stickmin series (2008-2020)
- Breaking the Bank (2008)
- Escaping the Prison (2009)
- Stealing the Diamond (2011)
- Infiltrating the Airship (2013)
- Fleeing the Complex (2015)
- Completing the Mission (2020)
Release and reception
The teaser trailer for the collection was released on PuffballsUnited's YouTube channel in Summer 2019 and its final release date was announced in May 2020. From then on, there were many other teaser videos, mostly about the visual improvements of the remakes. A Rick Roll featuring Henry and Ellie's faces superimposed over footage of the "Never Gonna Give You Up" music video was released on April 1st 2020. The collection was released on Steam on August 7, 2020. The game was made available via MacOS and PC versions.
The Henry Stickmin series is one of the most popular on Newgrounds, and has come to be known as a classic. Every single instalment has been listed on the site's front page shortly after release, from Escaping the Prison onward, have consistently made #1 on the Weekly Users' Choice at the time of release. Escaping the Prison and Fleeing the Complex were named first on Daily Features on the day of release, while Stealing the Diamond and Infiltrating the Airship were named 2nd and 4th for Daily Features, respectively. Escaping the Prison is so far the most-played game in the series, with 3.2 million views on Newgrounds, while Fleeing the Complex is the second-highest rated game on the site. All instalments released on Newgrounds (minus Breaking the Bank) make the top twelve of the highest-rated games on the site.
The series has also become a popular viewer magnet for content creators on YouTube. Markiplier's playthrough of Fleeing the Complex has become his sixth most-viewed video on his channel overall, with over 50 million views. Jacksepticeye, PopularMMOs, Thinknoodles & DanTDM's videos on the series have also amassed millions of views.
The Henry Stickmin Collection
Steam users have given the assemblage package "Overwhelmingly Positive" reviews, with a 98% rating based on 24,000+ reviews. Reviewers have praised the Collection for its humour, animation, production value (specifically in Completing the Mission), & storylines, with some praising the sense of nostalgia they experienced while playing the game. Markiplier gave a positive review of the collection, calling it an "incredible, hilarious game". Despite the universal praise, some have noted the frequency of frame rate issues and crashes in full screen mode, all of which are ultimately pointless complaints as PuffballsUnited has stated he will never update the game, which means no issues in the game will ever be fixed in any way, shape or form.