Thimbleweed Park (Switch) – Point and Click Greatness

Thimbleweed Park
8.5 Overall Score
Graphics: 8/10
Controls: 8/10
Story: 9/10

Amazing Story | Neat Retro Aesthetic | Throwback Style that still feels Fresh

Some Stale Jokes That May Throw Some of You Off

Thimbleweed Park

Thimbleweed Park is one of those games you didn’t know you wanted until you get it. Never in this entire year of hype for the Switch would I have thought that I wanted to play a Point and Click Adventure title for the console, and now I can’t put it down! Thimbleweed Park comes to us from the creators of the original Point and Click adventures, Gary Winnik and Ron Gilbert. These men are responsible for the amazing LucasArts Monkey Island games. So, you can probably get the gist of what this game is like from just hearing Monkey Island. It is a beautifully crafted world full of lush pixelated  landscapes, funny characters, and corny ass jokes. what else could you want?

 

Graphics

As far as graphics go, this is a pixel game and it is a very well done one. Everything around you is animated and looks alive. The world you are in doesn’t look like it was just thrown on the screen by some designers, it is well crafted and weaves a wonderfully immersive aesthetic. The characters all have idle animations, as well as interact with the world in ways that just make them seem real and alive. it has a very distinctive, yet amazing art style that will leave you waiting around to see if anything else in the room is going to move or be interactable.

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Those famous jokes

 

This game is a loving throwback to the past, as well as a beautiful rendition of what the present has to offer in terms of art and craftsmanship. There is so much to see and do that you will spend more time goofing off and interacting with the environment than you will solving the case in front of you, Which is a good thing! Check out the Screenshot gallery for more pictures in game.

 

Controls

On top of beautiful graphics, this game controls like a dream. There has always been this awkward relationships between Point and Clicks and consoles. Frankly, consoles and them don’t click (The game’s puns are rubbing off on me). That doesn’t seem to be a problem with this version of the game. You can use the Joy-cons (or Pro Controller) to controller the cursor on screen to select things to inspect or walk to. Pressing the A button moves the character to the object or location, and if you Press B you can Execute the default option on the object. This blends for a very well polished way to play a point and click.

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On top of that, the Switch version (and the mobile ports) allow for touch controls with gestures. This makes the Switch port the definitive version, because you get the best of both worlds and can use touch or controllers in handheld mode, and use the controller on the TV. This was such a great surprise to me the first time I played it. You’ll just have to decide which scheme you like best when you play, but both are great.

Story

I am not going to spoil this game for you, because it is an adventure game! Who wants to know what happens beforehand? However, I will tell you the story is great! It is compelling, funny, engaging, branching, and will keep you coming back for more.

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The coolest part is again the throwback to previous titles the developers have worked on, as well as the pop culture references. In a nutshell, the game is a murder mystery in a weird small town of 81 (80, now.) residents that all have weird little quirks and extremely weird personalities. A man is found face down in the river outside of town, and You play as two FBI agents that come to town to investigate the murder and find the culprit to solve the case. It is like playing as the agents form the X-Files in Twin Peaks while hanging around your family back home. (Remember that weird uncle? Well here is a whole town of him.) The story is great and will keep you engaged throughout with its silliness and impressiveness. It’s like the Monkey Island game you with you had in 1998.

Thimbleweed Park Conclusion

Thimbleweed Park is an astounding game that I never even knew I wanted, but now I am insanely happy to have it. I can’t recommend this enough. This game tickles just enough nostalgia to get you in, and this sweeps you away with everything that it is. It isn’t just a new Monkey Island, this game is its own beast using everything they learned from those older games to craft a beautiful product that you need to consume. Do yourself a favor and grab this game.

Thimbleweed Park launches 9/21/2017 (Today) on Nintendo Switch for $19.99.

The game is also is on Steam, iOS, Android, PS4, and Xbox One.

Just want to preface this review by saying that this game was provided to me for this review, but the opinions expressed are my own. Hope you enjoyed! :]

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