In October 1987, the now classic adventure game Maniac Mansion was released. This graphic adventure by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick permanently changed adventure games with innovations like verb icons displayed on-screen (no more typing into a text parser!), the ability to Switch between five playable characters, and animated cutscenes. Maniac Mansion was also the only Lucasfilm adventure to be ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Fast forward 30 years. Ron and Gary have teamed up again, this time for Thimbleweed Park. And just like Maniac Mansion, Thimbleweed Park can now be played on a Nintendo console — but this time it’s the Nintendo Switch console.
The Nintendo Switch version of Thimbleweed Park supports both Joy-Con controllers and touch screen functionality so you can easily Switch between tabletop, handheld, and TV modes. The Nintendo eShop price is $19.99 (USD), or equivalent in local currency.
It Starts With A Dead Body
Maniac Mansion’s release wasn’t the only big event of October 1987. There was also a murder — a dead body pixelating under a bridge. And a conspiracy. A secret underground meeting. Signals so strong you could feel them from the highway. Another murder. The reading of a will. Oh, and a comic book convention. All converging on one specific night, in one specific place: Thimbleweed Park.
Five people — two federal agents, a washed-up insult clown, an aspiring game developer, and the ghost of a pillow salesman — have been drawn to this strange, rundown place. They don’t know it yet, but they’re deeply connected. And they’re being watched.
In a town like Thimbleweed Park, a dead body is the least of your problems.
Thimbleweed Park Features on Nintendo Switch
- A neo-noir mystery set in 1987
- 5 playable characters who can work together… or get on each other’s nerves
- Not a walking simulator!
- Satisfying puzzles intertwined with a twisty-turny story that will stay with you.
- A vast, bizarre world to explore at your own pace
- A joke every 2 minutes… guaranteed!*
- Casual and Hard modes with varied difficulty
- 1980s-style telephone hint line gives in-game puzzle help — if you want it
- English voices with English, German, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish subtitles
- *Not a guarantee