Classic point-and-click adventure games don’t have to be remade like Full Throttle: Remastered, as they can simply be used as a reference point for a title like Terrible Toybox’s Thimbleweed Park.
If the team behind this quirky adventure game title doesn’t ring any bells, then some of the new-formed indie outfit’s members, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick should. Both worked on Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken, two Lucasfilm Games titles that made classics like Monkey Island possible. And by the looks of it, Thimbleweed Park could just be from that time.
However, despite the 90ies-style graphics and character animations, there are more than enough modern features like lighting, reflection in the water and other atmospheric details that weren’t possible back in the days. Good voice acting is another improvement and while the former games had rather simple stories, this one is much more elaborated. Like the cult TV series Twin Peaks but playing in the 80ies with quite a few references, there is something weird going on in the small town of Thimbleweed Park, with lots of strange characters, a murder to be investigated by two FBI (or not?) agents (not dissimular to Mulder and Scully of X-Files fame), and other memorable playable characters, my favorite being Ransom the Insultclown (who does exactly that when talking to people and interacting with the environment).
The game doesn’t only seem to be humorous, with puzzle design harking back to the good old times as well, including two difficulty modes. Being able to switch between different characters certainly adds to longevity and variety, while there are lots of places to explore. In short: an adventure game made today and feeling like one from the past with modern accessibility but not watering down the experience in the process.
So if you’re ready for a nostalgic trip back to puzzling, then get the game on PC, iOS, or XBox One. The latter of which played surprisingly well for a console version when I had my hands-on presentation with lead tester Robert Megone at last year’s Gamescom in Cologne. For more information, you can also check out a Ron Gilbert interview on GOG.
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