Thimbleweed Park (Switch) game review
Back in the mid-to-late-80’s there was one style of game that was always being loading into my Commodore 64 computer and they were adventure games. I loved the point and click adventure games of the era, the natural big brother of the humble text adventure games of the early 80’s, and no company was more beloved then LucasArts. I bought, played and loved them all; Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, Loom and so many more filled my afternoons with laughs, excitement and occasionally curse filled frustrations.
Two of the men involved in many of LucasArts greatest games, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, launched a Kickstarter back in 2014 to greate an all new point-and-click adventure in the style of the games from the 80’s. The Kickstarter campaign was a huge success and the game was released earlier this year on multiple platforms including PS4, Xbox One, and PC and now, finally, on the Nintendo Switch.
The game instantly brought me back to my youth with the graphics, humor and animations which all seem picture perfect to the games that I remember. The plot loosely follows two “X-Files” inspired FBI agents who may not be all that they appear to be as they investigate a murder in the small “Twin Peaks” inspired town of Thimbleweed Park. The inhabitants of this down on its luck town are as quirky and eccentric as you would expect to find and the player soon is thrown into flashbacks of the various residents which slowly helps reveal the true nature of the town.
The game looks and plays great on the Switch with the ability to use its large touch screen to control the game a real blessing. I laughed quite a bit while playing and even attracted my wife’s attention when I was playing the flashback of a certain adult clown, she had to look over my shoulder to see what the heck I was playing. This kind of game is few and far between and when they come along you have to grab it with both hands and enjoy your time with it. Longtime LucasArts fans, do you remember when you found the chainsaw in Maniac Mansion but there was no gas? Then in Zak McKraken you found gas but couldn’t pick it up as the game told you it was for a different game? You will be pleased to know this time you will be able to find both items! Now that is some fan-service of the highest order.
A word of warning; there are two modes you can choose from when starting a game: casual and hard. Do not be fooled into playing the casual mode unless you are really, really bad at games as you will miss a lot of the puzzles which makes the game so good. Hard mode is really regular mode for adventure game fans and since you cannot skip the cut-scenes if start a new game just give the hard mode try first. You will thank me later!
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