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Thimbleweed Park

Thimbleweed Park review

Secrets and curses. No monkeys.

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10 months ago

Thimbleweed Park DLC unbeeps Ransome the *Beeping* Clown

The Total War games have a tradition, so they can dodge the censors and get a lower age rating, of toning down the gore then releasing a big bucket of blood and mutilation as paid DLC. That way, teens still get to murder but adults can see the full consequences of murder. Now Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick's retro point 'n' clicker Thimbleweed Park has…

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1 year ago

Feature: Remake or rebreak

When is it OK to remake a classic game?

Adventure game remakes are common. But not everyone likes to see their old favourites revived. Mitch Kocen asked veteran point-and-clickmen Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer, among others, when they think it’s OK to remaster the classics Without intervention, every video game you have ever loved will eventually become unplayable. The technology that enables the next generation of games cripples the last. At some point, systems…

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Thimbleweed Park’s arcade is now open

You can now play old-school arcade games within old-school adventure game Thimbelweed Park [official site]. Cool-a-reno. The town's arcade was previously just a facade, but now you can snoop inside and pop a token into such 8-bit delights as Meteor Menace, Space Slime and Die! Enemy Scumm! But, like the rest of Thimbleweed Park, it's not quite as straightforward as you might hope. You'll have to solve puzzles…

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Thimbleweed Park gets in-game hint hotline

I'm constantly getting stuck in Thimbleweed Park [official site], the old-school adventure game from the creators of Maniac Mansion, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. I always seem to have an inventory full of loose popcorn, soot, a t-shirt and some dynamite with no clue as to how to combine them in order to get ice cream cake to a hungry ghost. I thought I was just…

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2 years ago

Feature: Look at sanity

Everything wrong with the first three minutes of Thimbleweed Park

My very first interaction in Thimbleweed Park [official site], and most likely anyone else's, was to "Look at Willie." I don't know who I'm playing yet, nor who Willie might be, but my German accented chap has appeared on a screen with two interactive items: a gate, and a slumped drunken man called Willie. So I looked at him, he being potentially more interesting than…

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Feature: Secrets and curses. No monkeys.

Thimbleweed Park review

In Thimbleweed Park [official site], few things are what they appear to be. The game, which reunites Ron Gilbert with his Maniac Mansion co-designer Gary Winnick, is a point and click comedy-mystery that looks like a relic from the past. Or, more accurately, like memories of the past; it has handsome lighting and a level of visual detail that actually fills in the blanks that…

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Click me up: Thimbleweed Park coming March 30th

Thimbleweed Park [official site], the new adventure game from Maniac Mansion creators Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, finally has a release date. On March 30th, two-and-a-quarter years after the game's crowdfunding campaign ended, we'll be welcomed into the small town of Thimbleweed Park to investigate murder and other strange goings-on. It'll bring puzzles, chat, jokes, japes - y'know, stuff you'd broadly expect from the reunion…

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Feature: Casual modes should be more casual

What point and click adventures could learn from hidden object games

This week I've been tinkering with a preview build of Thimbleweed Park which is the point and click murder mystery from Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick (them off Maniac Mansion). I used to love playing point and click games when I was little - my siblings and I would play them together over weeks and weeks - but for me they feel so rooted in…

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Meet Thimbleweed Park’s creepy clown Ransome

Thimbleweed Park [official site] - that's the point and click adventure game being spearheaded by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick of Maniac Mansion fame - has a new trailer. I've been curious about the game for a while and we've had some really interesting bits on the site about it, like Adam's interview with Gilbert at GDC. But this is the first time a trailer…

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Feature: It's gonna be a good year

The PC games of 2017 mega-preview

As Old Father Time grabs his sickle and prepares to take ailing 2016 around the back of the barn for a big sleep, we're looking to the future. The mewling pup that goes by the name 2017 will come into the world soon and we must prepare ourselves for its arrival. Here at RPS, our preparations come in the form of this enormous preview feature,…

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Thimbleweed Park: A Warning From Delores Edmund

Thimbleweed Park [official site] - a sinister and quirky point and click from Maniac Mansion's Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick - has a trailer out to coincide with Gamescom. Adam went to see a demo of the game back in March and that focused around the playable character of celebrity clown, Ransome. This trailer takes a look at aspiring game developer and heiress Delores Edmund…

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3 years ago

Feature: More than a throwback

Why Adventure Games Don’t Have To Suck: Ron Gilbert Talks Thimbleweed Park

Yesterday, I spent forty five minutes with influential adventure game designer of yore Ron Gilbert. We played a portion of his point and click revival Thimbleweed Park and discussed adventure game design in depth. Many of my questions were inspired by Gilbert’s 1989 statement of intent, Why Adventure Games Suck. As Thimbleweed Park looks back to that time, it seemed appropriate to ask what has…

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Thimbleweed Park Trailer Evokes X-Files, Twin Peaks

Thimbleweed Park [official site] is the upcoming point-and-click adventure from Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick that's billed as a "true spiritual successor" to the duo's 1987 classic Maniac Mansion. It's designed to emulate the LucasArts games of Way Back When, complete with black comedy and an instantly recognisable SCUMM-style interface, and now has a new trailer. Introducing Agent Ray:

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4 years ago

Maniacs: Thimbleweed Park Kickstarter Funded In A Week

Broken Age was trapped between two posts: its need to satisfy the nostalgia of the people who funded it via Kickstarter, and its desire to be accessible and reach a modern audience. The former group seemed displeased with the results, which is maybe what's pushed Thimbleweed Park beyond its own $375,000 Kickstarter goal in just a week. It's from the creators of Maniac Mansion, Ron…

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Maniac Mansion 3 By Any Other Name: Thimbleweed Park

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the crowdfunding waters - the Old Men Of Videogames are back, and they want your cash so they can pick up where they left off. Again. This time it's Ron Gilbert & Garry Winnick, creators of Lucasarts point'n'click grandparent Maniac Mansion (not to mention a little game called Monkey Island), and they're after $375k…

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