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Kickstarter Highlight – Thimbleweed Park

Do you like LucasArts?

Do you like classic 8-bit inspired graphics?

Do you like and remember games such as the original Monkey Island, or the game that started the point and click adventure game genre; Manic Mansion? Then look no further, hold onto your 8-bit specs and it’s time to check out another retro fuelled Kickstarter Highlight.

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Thimbleweed Park

What is it?

Thimbleweed

Thimbleweed Park is a brand new point and click adventure game being crowdsourced on Kickstarter. For the record, there are many new point and click adventure games being made and promoted on the platform, however this one is slightly different. The names Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick should come to mind to anyone who is a fan of those great games from year past, Monkey Island.

Ron Gilbert and Garry Winnick have teamed back up after making games like Manic Mansion and working on the Monkey Island series to bring us Thimbleweed Park. They are developing a game about two washed up detectives called in to investigate a dead body found in the river just outside of town. You get to switch between five playable characters in a world full of dark humour and satire galore.

Ransome the Clown

As well as our two detectives, you get to play as Delores who is in the middle of her rich uncles will reading. There’s Ransome the Clown who is cursed to live eternally with his make-up on. Then there’s Franklin who wakes up in the 13th floor of the Edmond Hotel… But he’s dead. The question is: how does all of this relate to the dead body that the two detectives uncovered? Well, for that you’ll have to play through the game to find out more!

How much do they need?

Features

With multiple endings being promised, along with a long and meaningful story, Thimbleweed Park is looking to be a game worth talking about. Originally the grandfathers of the point and click adventure game genre were looking for $375,000, but at the time of writing they have already secured $412,939 so this is another one of these projects that should hopefully see the light of day some time soon. They still have 22 days left to go!

They are now looking towards their stretch goals which can be seen as follows:

Stretch Goals

I still don’t get why it costs one extra dollar to get Boris on board, but that’s fine! If it takes one extra dollar, so be it! It’d be interesting to see if it could get to the iOS/Android stretch goal as I reckon point and click adventure games would work well on a phone or tablet.

What are the tiers?

Not only do you get to be helping out the grandfathers of the point and click adventure game genre out, but you can also get in on some sweet rewards. The rewards include getting the game for $15.

 

  • Pledge $5 or more

    A Big Hearty Thanks™ and the inner warmth of knowing you made someone happy. Not as happy as $20, but still happy.

    Estimated delivery: Jan 2015
    Pledge $20 or more

    A digital copy of the amazing 2D point & click adventure game, Thimbleweed Park for Windows, Mac and/or Linux.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2016
    Pledge $25 or more

    “I pirated Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island when I was a kid and I feel bad!” This reward tier instantly absolves you of all guilt and includes the Thimbleweed Park game. All subsequent tiers also include guilt absolution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2016
    Pledge $35 or more

    Digital Thimbleweed Park sound track, including liner notes and printable cassette tape and CD covers plus the game.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2016
    Pledge $50 or more

    Get your name in the exclusive Thimbleweed Park in-game phone book (subject to our approval). Your name could be the solution to a puzzle. Plus game + soundtrack.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2016
    Pledge $75 or more

    A PDF of the “Making Of Thimbleweed Park” art and game design book. Plus game + soundtrack + phone book.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2016
    Pledge $100 or more

    We’ll send you an actual photo postcard of all the rewards you could have had if you just pledged a little more…hey for another $50 you could get the poster or t-shirt, sorry, but this crap’s expensive to print and ship (we did the math) and we want to use as much as possible to make the actual game. Plus game + soundtrack + phone book.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2016
    Ships anywhere in the world

This is an exciting project for anyone to back, for avid adventure gamers to Monkey Island and Manic Mansion fans. If you’ve never played a point and click adventure game, this might be the Kickstarter for you and if you’ve played many and consider yourself a veteran, there’s an easy and a hard mode.


We have some bad news fans of the Kickstarter Highlight series. This was the last Kickstarter Highlight for this year. I know, it’s been a lot of fun and it’s been one hell of a ride. However, I’ve got three Kickstarter campaigns that I could do with reviewing! Which are they? You’ll just have to tune in next week to find out, won’t you?

What do you think of Thimbleweed Park? Do you like the idea of it or do you think it’s rather same-y in any way? Do you like the fact it’s being developed by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick? What do you think of it having already achieved it’s funding goal? Is the art what you’d expect of this genre? As always, let’s get the conversation going and until we bring Kickstarter Highlight back – It’s been a fun ride, Kickstarter! Next week, I review a Kickstarter product I’ve received.

4 responses

  1. I think this is great. I played Maniac Mansion back in the beginning of the 90’s and loved it. Also played Day of the Tentacle later on. These adventuregames are great fun. :)

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    November 27, 2014 at 10:08 am

    • Yup, even today I yearn for Monkey Island. Again ;) gotta love the point and click adventure games!

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      November 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      • Yes, there is something special about them. Did you playing Flight of the Amazon Queen btw?

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        November 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

      • Nope I havent! Must get around to this :)

        Like

        November 28, 2014 at 11:45 am

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