If you’re old and grumpy like 90% of the NAG staff, then you would have played a point-and-click adventure game called Maniac Mansion. Created by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick for a company called Lucasfilm Games (that went on to later become LucasArts), Maniac Mansion is responsible for the deluge of adventure games that dominated the gaming landscape of the late 80s and most of the 90s. It is, essentially, the Wolfenstein of adventure games; the one that started an entire genre.
You can imagine then that news of Gilbert and Winnick collaborating on a new point-and-click adventure is kind of a massive deal. What makes it even better is that their new game, Thimbleweed Park, is being purposefully designed to look like it comes straight out of the 80s. The game will use a pixel art style and will even utilise a SCUMM-like interface based off verbs.
Thimbleweed Park will feature five playable characters that you’ll be able to switch between at will. It will tell the story of two detectives that are sent out to investigate a dead body found in a river near the titular town of Thimbleweed Park.
The remaining three characters are Delores (who is attending the reading of her rich uncle’s will), Ransome the Clown (who has been cursed to never be able to remove his clown makeup), and Franklin (who wakes up in a hotel room with no idea how he got there. Also he’s dead.)
Gilbert and Winnick will be heading the development, with Winnick taking control of the game’s art design (he created the artwork for Maniac Mansion). The game currently has a Kickstarter campaign with a modest goal of $375, 000.00. At time of writing and with less than 24 hours of being on Kickstarter, the campaign has managed to accumulate over $100,000.00.
If you want to read more about the game and the various Kickstarter rewards, then you can find all of that in the source link below.