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Click To Use Your Nostalgia In Maniac Mansion Devs’ Thimbleweed Park

Thimbleweed Park is a point-and-click adventure game, flaunting the hallmarks of the point-and-click genre’s most influential titles, such as Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island. Thimbleweed Park (via. GameSpot) is fitted out with a nostalgic user interface, comprising a voluminous list of actions to choose from that allow the player to interact with nigh on anything in this pixellated world. You’ll snap photographs, for instance by selecting ‘use’, highlighting a camera icon and clicking your subject  – those with fond memories of Maniac Mansion might be similarly enchanted here.

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“Modern adventure games, although they’re very good, they’re kind of missing that charm that those old games had, and we’ve always kind of felt this interface was part of that charm,” designer Ron Gilbert told GameSpot, who masterminded influential titles such as Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island. 

You can read GameSpot’s full feature article here.

He added: “Its not just the look but the fact that you [had] verbs and had those choices. There were puzzle-solving opportunities with that, plus there were a lot of humor opportunities.”

The game was successfully funded on Kickstarter in December 2014, and is expected to be completed and released later this year. Thimbleweed Park is scheduled for release on Windows, Mac, Xbox and Linux, with iOS and Android versions to follow soon after. For more information, you can visit the game’s official site, follow the game on its development blog or on Twitter.

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Charlie is a platforming romantic from England, that still speaks in a fashion that died with the Elizabethan era. Having been gaming since the days of Crash Bandicoot, he champions the Playstation, and is only a little bit embarassed that Super Mario Land keeps spelling his defeat.

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