Did you grow up playing those classic point-and-click adventure games people like Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer, Gary Winnick, Dave Grossman, and Brian Moriarty made for LucasArts? If so, here’s a little treat for you.
In 1987 the Gilbert and Winnick title Maniac Mansion was released, which was followed by games like the The Secret of Monkey Island and its sequels, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, Loom, and an adaptation Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Now Gilbert and Winnick want to deliver a brand new game made in that same old-school style. Why? Because they miss them and, according to their Kickstarter campaign page: “We want Thimbleweed Park to be like an undiscovered classic LucasArts’ adventure game you’d never played before. A game discovered in a dusty old desk that puts a smile on your face and sends a wave of nostalgia through you in the same way it does for us.” You can read more about the game and see the Kickstarter video below.
Here’s a rundown of the Thimbleweed Park story:
Thimbleweed Park is the curious story of two washed up detectives called in to investigate a dead body found in the river just outside of town. It’s a game where you switch between five playable characters while uncovering the dark, satirical and bizarre world of Thimbleweed Park.
Lost along a dusty stretch of highway, the town of Thimbleweed Park once boasted an opulent hotel, a vibrant business district and the state’s largest pillow factory, but now teeters on the edge of oblivion and continues to exist for no real reason. It’s a town that makes you itch and your skin crawl. It’s a place no one ever looks for, but everyone seems to find.
Not far from town, Delores and her siblings are gathered at the reading of her rich uncle’s will where the backstabbing, intrigue and puzzle solving knows no end. How is this all connected to the dead body under the bridge? Good question.
At the long abandoned circus grounds, Ransome the Clown had been cursed and can never remove his make-up. How did he get into this situation? How can he get out? Does he really want to? What’s up with that dead body slowly bloating in the water? Who knows!
Meanwhile, on the 13th floor of the Edmund hotel, Franklin wakes up with no idea how he got there. But that’s not the weird part. The weird part is that he’s dead. Spoiler: He’s not the body found just outside of Thimbleweed Park. Wow! That’s confusing. Don’t panic, we’re just as confused as you are.
If interested, you can read more about the game and what the money raised will go into, see what the various rewards tiers are, and watch the video for Thimbleweed Park over at the Kickstarter page.
The goal that’s been set is $375,000 and, as of the writing of this spotlight, they’ve already soared past their goal at almost $415,000 pledged with 21 days still remaining. But while help isn’t needed to reach the initial goal, donations will still help with stretch goals, and it’s not a bad thing to know you’re backing something that is already locked in.
I never got to play these types of games when younger, having only just discovered the Monkey Island games in the past couple of years thanks to their special edition re-releases. Now I want to find and play as many of them as I can get my hands on. This makes me extra excited about a brand new game I’ll get to play along with all of the diehard fans of Gilbert, Winnick, and others’ older point-and-click adventures.