Thimbleweed Park


Genre:    Additional 

Developer & Publisher:    Terrible Toybox            

Released:    March 2017            

Requirements (minimum):

  • OS: Windows 7 (fully, FULLY patched)
  • Processor: 2 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 3000 or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 1 GB available space

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By flotsam


Thimbleweed Park

Welcome to Thimbleweed Park, a town down the road and round the corner, population 81 (at first), where a dead body lies pixellating under a bridge. A town where you "use" (thing) "on" (something/someone) as we all did once upon a time. A town outside the spectrum, that watches what you do, where a burnt out pillow factory and an abandoned circus are as run of the mill as the cake shop selling vacuum tubes.

It is a place that even on a first look, you may well want to visit, particularly if you want a game that feels like the games you used to play. There are other games that try to be like that, but not all of them have this development pedigree (did somebody say Ron Gilbert?).

We have gotten used to old style pixelated adventures over the last few years, including the use of verbs to undertake the various actions, so in some senses it is less nostalgic than it may have been. But none of those other games are as good as this, and none conjure up the same feelings of playing something new and exciting.

From the get go, where you can tick a box that determines all the toilet paper will be “over” (rather than that annoying come from under set up; really, who actually does that?) you get a good idea of what you will be in for. It continues in that vein, and while it might lay it on a bit thick at times, it is a wonderful adventuring romp.

All the more so because it pokes fun at all its own attributes. The early conversation about dead ends and dying comes to mind, but the pinnacle must be the mother of all pixel hunts (which I hasten to add you can completely ignore and might well even miss).

Everything you might want in a point and click fest is here. Red herrings abound, and there are literally sacks of them in some places. Seemingly important errands aren’t, the puzzles are hilarious and silly and frustrating and present in droves, and the characters run the gamut from stiff lipped to completely loopy.  Take everything not nailed down, and try to take those things too. Talk to everyone simply because you can, and because they may say something worth hearing. If you get stuck, switch to one of the other playable characters, which increase in number as you go. Swap items, try things, try all the other things, check your personal to do list, go somewhere else. The maps will help, and you scurry about in Monkey Island fashion. Distracting, a la Monkey Island, will also feature.

I did need some help here and there, but always felt I knew what it was I was trying to do. It was how to do it that provided the challenge. You can choose casual mode, which I understand uncomplicates some solves, and removes others completely. Go hard I say, and peek if you need to.

Some solves are truly inspired. The staircase stands out.

The plot is almost secondary, but there is a murder to be solved, with all manner of gadgets to assist. The pixilating body almost mocks you throughout, and then the Pillow Factory rears its head. The detail you can find out for yourself.

I found the end to be both unsatisfying and awesome, and almost everything along the way was top notch. I never warmed to Ransom the foul mouthed clown, and some voices were a tad over the top, but even those suited the quirky off-beat nature of the goings on. References abound, and you might think the next one is one too many Lucas Arts jibe, but it never stops being funny. The music is equally impressive.

And I did see a tentacle!

It took me around 18 hours of play time, a few wasted on the pixels, and I will definitely go again. Do yourself a favour and visit this Park.

I played on:

OS: Windows 10, 64 Bit

Processor: Intel i7-6700 4GHz


Video card: AMD Radeon RX 470 8192MB


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