by Murray Lewis
Creators of Maniac Mansion announce Thimbleweed Park
Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, two ex-LucasArts employees, are hoping to make their triumphant return to the point & click genre with newly announced title Thimbleweed Park.
Intended as a spiritual successor to the 1987 hit Maniac Mansion, the new game has hit Kickstarter with a goal of $375,000. If the game is successfully funded, a pledge of $20 will get you a copy upon release in Q2 2016.
With a classic, pixellated visual style and an emphasis on those pillars of the genre, puzzles and humour, the two are hoping to revive the 1980s style of graphical adventure.
It’s like opening a dusty old desk drawer and finding an undiscovered LucasArts adventure game you’ve never played before.
Gilbert and Winnick worked together at LucasArts for a number of years, creating games today regarded as classics, including Maniac Mansion, Loom, and Day of the Tentacle.
Two years ago, Tim Schafer, another LucasArts alumnus, successfully received over $3 Million in crowdsourced funding for an adventure game revival called Broken Age (previously titled 'Double Fine Adventure'). Whether Thimbleweed Park can recreate the same success is yet to be seen, but fans of adventure games definitely have something new to be excited about.