Ron Gilbert - the godfather of '80s and '90s PC adventure games - is back and wants to make an old school point-and-click experience that will take you right back to your childhood!
Gilbert is best known for developing the outstanding and incredibly successful Monkey Island series, as well as Maniac Mansion - a seminal adventure game that practically defined the genre back in 1987. Gilbert and Gary Winnick, who co-created Maniac Mansion, now want to develop a 'spiritual successor' called Thimbleweed Park, and are looking to Kickstarter for funding.
The description of their vision for the hand-crafted nostalgia trip has got me all giddy in anticipation:
It’s like opening a dusty old desk drawer and finding an undiscovered LucasArts adventure game you’ve never played before.
Are you craving some pixelated, low-resolution textures and heaps of witty dialogue choices? Well Ron Gilbert has your back, as long as he gets the $375,000 of Kickstarter funding he needs. Incredibly, the project is already on $360,000 with over three weeks left, so it seems there are a lot of gamers out there desperate to return to their child-like wonder of discovering a strange pixelated land for the first time, all over again!
If you're still not excited to return to the simple old days of exploration and inventory management, then maybe you need a reminder of just how incredible those LucasArts classics were. Here's a brief trip down video game memory lane...
The Secret of Monkey Island (1990)
Perhaps the best known adventure game series of all time, Monkey Island, charmed gamers everywhere with its endearing childish humor, fantastic writing and wonderfully realized pirate-themed setting. But damn that chicken on a pulley puzzle - it stumped me for weeks!
Day of the Tentacle (1993)
Day of the Tentacle was the follow up to Maniac Mansion and far and away surpassed the original. Its surrealist art style and hilarious humor made it one of the most memorable experiences from my childhood.
Grim Fandango (1998)
Adventure games were gradually advancing during the nineties, and this was the genre's pinnacle; its single defining masterpiece. With a huge and outlandish cast of characters, top notch writing and one of the best video game soundtracks of all time, Grim Fandango was a true delight to play. Despite its now dated technology, I still consider the Mexican-noir adventure to be one of the best games of all time!
Did that whet your nostalgic appetite? With most of the funding already secured, it seems Thimbleweed Park is looking likely to happen, and may just be one more game to add to that list of adventure game classics!
You can visit the Kickstarter page and donate here.