Ron Gilbert continues his quest to bring his latest game to every platform with the Thimbleweed Park Android version.
Thimbleweed Park is a bit good. Yes, it’s a classic adventure game from the brains behind Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island, so you might have expected it to be well put together, but in the wake of so many crowdfunded retro flops, it’s something of a relief that it turned out as well as it did.
This piece over on Retronauts is an excellent, concise analysis of how Thimbleweed Park not only overcomes the issues inherent in the genre, but turned some of that history into cute strengths (like the genius in-game hint line, a callback to the real life hint lines for Lucasarts adventures).
And the reward for all this success, is increased faith and support for the game. That in turn leads to more releases, which produces more support, and more success. It’s a rather
vicious lovely cycle.
Following releases on Windows PC, Linux, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, iOS and Nintendo Switch, there’s now a Thimbleweed Park Android version available for your enjoyment. Like, right now – it launches today:
Touch screen and portability are great allies for puzzle-based games that don’t rely on reflexes – just look at the gorgeous iOS release of The Witness – so the Thimbleweed Park Android release seems like a jolly good idea, with one caveat: picking up those one pixel specks of dust, with fat fingers on a tiny touch screen, is going to be a bloody nightmare.
At least they’re optional.