Thimbleweed Park is a classically made point-and-click adventure from legends Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick who made Secret of Monkey Island. The game is a love letter to 1990s point-and-click adventure games that so many of us played, and it recently received an official release date.
Gamespot is reporting that Thimbleweed Park will launch on Steam, GOG.com and Xbox Live for Xbox One starting March 30th. Following the release on those platforms, they also plan on releasing Thimbleweed Park for iOS and Android devices as well. However, they'll have details on the release dates and pricing on the other platforms at a later date.
The game is a pixel-based point-and-click adventure that starts as a murder mystery and evolves into something much more. Much like Gilbert and Winnick's previous work, such as Maniac Mansion -- where players were put in control of a diverse selection of unique characters -- Thimbleweed Park will see players hopping between five different playable characters.
One of the characters named Dolores is the niece of the pioneer who built Thimbleweed Park, a bustling town with a prosperous pillow factory at its heart. However, things took a turn for the worse, the town lost its luster, the economy bottomed out, most people moved away, and odd circumstances began cropping up all over town. To make matters worse, someone ended up dead under a bridge. You know, like you do.
Dolores' uncle left her the factory but she's not really interested in it. There's a lot more going on in the town than meets the eye, and with two investigators looking into the dead body, things begin heating up in unexpected ways. There's actually a trailer for Thimbleweed Park that gives you a solid look at some of the game's hand-drawn environments and point-and-click gameplay that you can check out below, courtesy of Gamespot.
It's an odd looking game that seems to come right out of 1991. What's interesting here is that this is a genuine throwback to the designs featured in games like Maniac Mansion and Day of the Tentacle. Players will have to rely on discovery, wits and a bit of curiosity to get them through the game's puzzles and challenges, all while balancing the unique traits of the five playable characters.
The two investigators remind me of Mulder and Scully from The X-Files. Except the male investigator looks a heck of a lot like Dave from Maniac Mansion.
It's hard to make out exactly what the theme of the game's plot is, other than that some strange occurrences seem to be happening in Thimbleweed Park and the residents are quickly taking flight.
I'm curious how much of a role the clown plays in the game, but he comes from the abandoned circus. There's also a haunted hotel and something to do with toilets running on vacuum tubes. This kind of stuff was frequently common in point-and-click games back in the 1990s, especially stuff like Space Quest or The Neverhood.
You'll be able to experience the story for yourself of Thimbleweed Park when the game launches at the end of the month.