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Thimbleweed park

2018-08-06

I recently finished the game Thimbleweed Park. It is a return to the classic point and click adventure games from my youth, complete with retro pixilated graphics.

Its created by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, the creators of the Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, so if you liked any old LucasArts adventure games, this is a game for you.

The story centers primarily around two FBI agents who arrive in the small town of Thimbleweed Park at the same time to investigate a murder. You quickly discover that each agent has ulterior motives for being in the town. Tone wise, the setting is a mash up of X-Files, Twin Peaks, and Ace Ventura.

The game breaks the fourth wall repeatedly from the beginning (and continuously in the final act), but this what what I was expecting going into a game created by Gilbert and Winnick.

Game-play wise, you play as each agent at the same time, switching between them and using each to either accomplish different tasks, or co-operate to solve the same puzzle. As the game progresses more playable characters are thrown into the mix, until you are controlling up to five characters, each with their own sub-plot and motives.

I found the game funny and enjoyable. I never felt lost and I always knew what my immediate goals were in order to advance the story. The puzzles were logical and I didn't need to resort to outside guides for guidance. There is also an in-game telephone hint line you can call, but I didn't use this so I can't comment on what exactly it does. The game took me just over 15 hours to complete.

Overall it was a very enjoyable and recommended experience.

Buy Thimbleweed Park at gog.com:

... A haunted hotel, an abandoned circus, a burnt-out pillow factory, a dead body pixelating under the bridge, toilets that run on vacuum tubes... you've never visited a place like this before.

Five people with nothing in common have been drawn to this rundown, forgotten town. They don't know it yet, but they are all deeply connected. And they're being watched.

...Who is Agent Ray really working for and will she get what they want? ...What does Junior Agent Reyes know about a 20 year old factory fire that he's not saying? ...Will the ghost, Franklin, get to speak to his daughter again? ...Will Ransome the *Beeping* Clown ever become a decent human being? ...Will aspiring game developer Delores abandon her dreams and stick by her family?

...And most importantly: how come no one cares about that dead body?

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