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I was breezing through my Twitter feed the other day and stumbled on a tweet from occasional contributor, gaming genius, and friend of the site, Matt Thrower. He was asking if anyone was making classic adventure games like we’d find back in the 80’s and 90’s. Classics like Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and dozens like them. The only reply he received was from the wonderful Wadjet Eye Games, but today I stumbled onto Thimbleweed Park and I think it will make our British friend very, very happy.
Thimbleweed Park isn’t just a game built like those classic adventure games, it’s built by the same guys who made those games. Developed by Ron Gilbert (developer of Maniac Mansion and the first two Monkey Island titles) and Gary Winnick (Maniac Mansion and art/story for Day of the Tentacle), Thimbleweed Park arrives with an impressive pedigree.
Like all the best adventure games, Thimbleweed Park promises both an adventure to unravel and laughs. Unlike a lot of games today that promise laughs, these guys actually know what they’re doing in this department. The Monkey Island games were legitimately funny titles instead of today’s regurgitation of pop culture memes and meta-observations that aren’t really all that funny. Also, GET OFF MY LAWN!
Lost along a dusty stretch of highway, this proud town once boasted an opulent hotel, a vibrant business district, and the state’s largest pillow factory, but now stinks of a desperate longing to be what it once was.
A body has been found in the river, bloated and pixelated from the decay of a death come too soon. Agents Ray and Reyes arrive and are immediately suspicious of each other’s intentions, then a couple of pigeons show up and start talking about the signals and it only gets weirder from there.
A cursed clown, a disinherited game designer, and the ghost of pillow salesmen join the story and add their own complications.
Play and switch between all five characters as you explore the vast, strange, and manipulative world of Thimbleweed Park while unraveling a dark and humorous neo-noir mystery.
Okay, I really need to play this game now. Luckily, we won’t have long to wait as they’ve just announced that the game will be released on PC, Mac, Linux, and Xbox One on March 30. Want to play it on the go? It’s also coming to iOS and Android a few months after its initial release.
They’ve released a couple different trailers and each of them makes me love this game a little more. Check them out below, and we’ll see about getting a review up on launch day.