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While I absolutely adored the PC/Mac version of Thimbleweed Park earlier this year, I’ll admit that I still haven’t fully solved the Twin Peaks-like murder mystery that lies in the game’s center. The game is big and sprawling and while it looks and feels like a 1990’s LucasArts point-and-click title, there’s much more here to unravel story-wise. I’ve kind of been waiting for the mobile version to launch so I can follow the exploits of Agents Ray and Reyes–who are in no way anything like Dana Scully or Fox Mulder–on my couch. The wait is nearly over! Thimbleweed Park is coming to iOS next week and Android in October.
It’s not a coincidence that Thimbleweed Park looks, plays, and often has its biggest laughs referencing those LucasArts games from the 90’s such as the Monkey Island series and Maniac Mansion. The creators of Thimbleweed Park are Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick who developed those titles and more back in LucasArts heyday.
Thimbleweed Park starts with a dead body and two federal agents looking into the apparent murder, but quickly goes off the rails and into the lives of the quirky town residents, many of whom become playable characters that advance the story but also feed back into your main characters’ arcs along the way. It’s actually an excellent piece of storytelling and, yes, it manages to do it with a lot of humor throughout. Some of it is a little over the top (Ransome the Clown’s beeped language is funny at first, but gets old), but most of the time I’m grinning like an idiot while trying to figure out how to get past the next puzzle.
The iOS version of Thimbleweed park is releasing next week, September 19th. The Android version is coming shortly thereafter, on October 3. It’s even coming to Nintendo Switch on September 21st, if you’re one of the lucky few to have one of those. Of course, you can always pick it up for PC/Mac if that’s your platform of choice. Rumor has it that it’s even available on Xbox and PS4, if you’re into that kind of thing.