Maniac Mansion team reunites for Thimbleweed Park

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There have only been two Kickstarter campaigns that have immediately made me want to part with my money. The first was The Mighty No 9, Keiji Inafune’s cheeky attempt to bring Mega-Man (or a reasonable likeness thereof) back from the dead. This is the second.

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The original creators of the very first LucasArts point-and-click adventure, Maniac Mansion, are trying to bring us a spiritual sucessor to that game and Monkey Island. Called Thimbleweed Park, it’s a brand new PnC from Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, the minds that brought you those classic games. Here’s the Kickstarter pitch:

Ever wonder what it would be like to play a classic adventure game the day it came out and experience all the surprise and charm for the very first time? Wonder no more!

Twenty-five years ago, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick created the game that introduced the world to 2D point & click adventure games. Maniac Mansion took the computer game world by storm with its compelling story, complex puzzles, cutting edge humor, engaging game play, and provided an entire generation with a new idea of what an adventure game could be. Blah blah blah…

And now they are back together with an all new 2D point & click adventure game!  Ron is skinny again and Gary had that rash looked at — and they’re here (finally!) to create the true spiritual successor to Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island.

Thimbleweed Park is a new game that cuts to the core of what made classic point & click adventure games so special, and done by the actual people who spawned the genre.

It’s deep, it’s challenging, it’s funny, it’s everything you loved about adventure games.

They’re looking for $375,000 to bring this retro-pixellated adventure game to life, and in just a day have managed over a quarter of their goal, with 2,771 backers pledging $102,941.

Check it out:

If you ever played any of the original SCUMM-driven adventure games, you should be excited. The game’s bringing back that sort of irreverent humour, verb-driven adventure gameplay that made the genre so much fun in the first place. Lucasfilm, of course, is now owned by the Walt Disney company, which makes this image so depressing. Yes, the creators of Maniac Mansion have to credit Disney when using images from their own game.

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Last Updated: November 19, 2014

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