Maniac Mansion devs Ron Gilbert & Gary Winnick team up on, old-school adventure game Thimbleweed Park

Just after midnight, police discovered a body floating in the river outside of Thimbleweed Park — a development Police Chief Whitmire has called “perplexing,” “mystifying,” and “a real head-scratcher.” Police at the scene were observed scratching their heads.


Lacking the resources to tackle such a murder investigation, the Thimbleweed Park police department has reached out to federal agents for assistance. With a preliminary forensic analysis of the body revealing no conclusive evidence, the authorities are now turning to the public in hopes of locating an eyewitness, raising necessary funds, and ultimately finding the killer.
As the local rubberneckers flocking to the crime scene grew, famed game designers Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick were spotted in the gathering crowd. The duo is best known around these parts as the creators of Maniac Mansion, the revolutionary point & click adventure game that recently exposed the antics of mad scientist Dr. Fred Edison to the world.
When pressed for comment on the dead body situation, the notoriously grumpy Ron Gilbert said, “This would make a great adventure game. If only we had $375,000, we could get right to work!” Gary Winnick, already sketching some concept art, chimed in, “These puzzles will design themselves!”
As if by coincidence, a slow chant of point & click, point & click, point & click began to rise in the crisp night air. Despite it being the scene of a grisly murder, the atmosphere was festive and bristling with excitement and anticipation. Onlookers were heard chattering about “the good old days,” 900-number hint lines, and code wheels. “Ask me aboutLoom!” shouted one eager young man, who has requested to remain anonymous.
“Crowdfunding is just the kind of lateral thinking a case like this needs,” Chief Whitmire interjected, pushing a crisp $20 bill into Gilbert’s hand. “Take my money!”
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About Thimbleweed Park
Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, Thimbleweed Park is a brand new, old-school adventure game by Maniac Mansion creators Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. Lost along a dusty stretch of highway, the town of Thimbleweed Park once boasted an opulent hotel, a vibrant business district, and the state’s largest pillow factory, but now teeters on the edge of oblivion and continues to exist for no real reason. When two washed up detectives are called in to investigate a dead body found floating in the river just outside of town… well, that’s when things get interesting.
With five playable characters, multiple endings, deliciously retro 2D graphics, classic verb-based point & click gameplay, inventory items, and a bizarre comedy storyline swaddled around a grisly murder, Thimbleweed Park is the game that might have immediately followed Maniac Mansion if only Ron hadn’t gone off on a pirate kick.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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