Wednesday 14 November 2018

Review: Retro adventure clicks

Thimbleweed Park (PC/Mac/XO), 5 Stars, Age: 12+

Thimbleweed Park
Thimbleweed Park
Ronan Price

Ronan Price

This time capsule has tunnelled back from the 1980s, a time when graphic adventures walked with a swagger. But Thimbleweed Park proudly inherits its pedigree from Ron Gilbert, creator of stone-cold classics Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion.

Gilbert practically ignores the last 30 years of game development to spin an off-kilter, funny yarn about two detectives investigating a murder in a bizarre small town. Retro graphics and the traditional point'n'click interface could prove anathema to modern players but TP can rely on more than nostalgia for its appeal.

With five playable characters and a fully voiced, sarcastic script, TP draws you into its weird world where the murder is soon the least of your worries.

Full of pop-culture callbacks and knowing nods to the conventions of gaming, Gilbert's long-awaited return will click with fans and inquisitive newcomers alike.

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