If you are looking for a game this weekend for your Nintendo Switch, and you want to try a new spin on the point and click adventure genre, check out Thimble Weed Park! The Nintendo Switch version of Thimbleweed Park supports both Joy-Con controllers and touch screen functionality so you can easily switch between tabletop, handheld, and TV modes. It’s a great way to try out the classic game genre if you’re new to it!
In October 1987, the now classic adventure game Maniac Mansion was released. This graphic adventure by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick permanently changed adventure games with innovations like verb icons displayed on-screen (no more typing into a text parser!), the ability to switch between five playable characters, and animated cutscenes. Maniac Mansion was also the only Lucasfilm adventure to be ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System.
It Starts With A Dead Body
Maniac Mansion’s release wasn’t the only big event of October 1987. There was also a murder — a dead body pixelating under a bridge. And a conspiracy. A secret underground meeting. Signals so strong you could feel them from the highway. Another murder. The reading of a will. Oh, and a comic book convention. All converging on one specific night, in one specific place: Thimbleweed Park.
Five people — two federal agents, a washed-up insult clown, an aspiring game developer, and the ghost of a pillow salesman — have been drawn to this strange, rundown place. They don’t know it yet, but they’re deeply connected. And they’re being watched.
In a town like Thimbleweed Park, a dead body is the least of your problems.