Thimbleweed Park: “A Satire Of Twin Peaks Meets True Detective Meets The X-Files”

But they already had me at “the true spiritual successor to Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island.”

Welcome to Thimbleweed Park. Population: 80 nutcases.

Around the same time I started watching Twin Peaks, I was hooked on just about every LucasArts and Sierra On-Line point-and-click adventure game, and I always wished for something like Dale’s Quest to happen. Of course it didn’t, but now one of the creators of Maniac Mansion is describing his upcoming game Thimbleweed Park as a “satire of Twin Peaks meets True Detective meets The X-Files.”

Thimbleweed Park is the curious story of two washed up detectives called in to investigate a dead body found in the river just outside of town. It’s a game where you switch between five playable characters while uncovering the dark, satirical and bizarre world of Thimbleweed Park.

Lost along a dusty stretch of highway, the town of Thimbleweed Park once boasted an opulent hotel, a vibrant business district and the state’s largest pillow factory, but now teeters on the edge of oblivion and continues to exist for no real reason. It’s a town that makes you itch and your skin crawl. It’s a place no one ever looks for, but everyone seems to find.

Gary Winnick, who worked on some of my favorite games like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, Loom and Day of the Tentacle, drew the following comparison: “The way Maniac Mansion is a parody of the B horror genre, Thimbleweed’s a send-off of Twin Peaks and the X-Files, with some True Detective and a dash of Stephen King thrown in.

Say what? I hardly have time to play games, but SHOW ME THAT “BACK THIS PROJECT” BUTTON!

The game is already successfully crowd-funded on Kickstarter but still taking donations. One of the quirky perks is a pixel art recreation of yourself as the dead body from Thimbleweed Park. Go for it!

Thimbleweed Park is now available on iTunes and from the Microsoft store (Windows/Xbox).

Thimbleweed Park: “A Satire Of Twin Peaks Meets True Detective meets The X-Files”

BONUS #1: A little Twin Peaks reference in the 1993 adventure game Day of the Tentacle, also known as Maniac Mansion 2.

Day of the Tentacle - Twin Peaks reference

BONUS #2: Twin Peaks reimagined as a point-and-click adventure game.

Twin Peaks reimagined as a point-and-click game by LucasArts

Hat tip to Fran Fox for telling me about this game.

Pieter Dom

Written by Pieter Dom

Founder and curator of Welcome to Twin Peaks since 2011. Bobsessed since March 1991.

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