One of the first games I saw featured on the new iOS 11 App Store layout refresh was an adventure game called Thimbleweed Park. The description said something about “if you like Maniac Mansion,” and I bought it without reading any further. Normally I’m not very fond of the pixelated 8-bit-like apps, as I have never played one that was in any way entertaining whatsoever, and the blocky gimmick has never been enough to make me overlook the shortcomings of the games themselves. However, if you remember “Maniac Mansion,” you’re probably in my age range, and you probably will have the same immediate attachment to this 8-bit style game. The nostalgia of “Maniac Mansion” will come flooding back to you like the time some stupid freshman in the dorm next door thought it was wise to hang his high school letterman jacket from the sprinkler that so clearly stated “do not hang clothes on me.”
The mechanics are just what you’d expect. Tap a verb; tap an object; see what happens. You’ll find yourself picking up cheese and not knowing why for a while, but hold onto it! (First rule of adventure games: pick up all the things!) Combine objects, use them together with a device in the scene, give certain things to certain people, and take notes. Hidden within the game creators’ sick sense of humor is often very valuable details that will help you later in the game. Also, if you don’t get some of the jokes or references, you are probably a millennial, so it’s your own damn fault. (And get off my lawn.)
In Thimbleweed Park you play as multiple characters as the story progresses. I hate spoilers, so I’m not going to divulge anything about the storyline. (It’s far more fun to let it unfold gradually.) Also, I haven’t finished it yet, so please don’t spoil the ending for me if you know what happens. Rest assured, though, that there is plenty of plot to keep you interested in tapping verbs and objects to see what happens next. I know the premise sounds lame, but it’s not nearly as lame as tapping to make a bird flap. Seriously, if you are averse to brain activity, go check in on the Kardashians and skip this game. You’ll actually have to think and *gasp* REMEMBER THINGS when you tap in this one.
All in all, I highly recommend Thimbleweed Park for that classic adventure game feel. Unless you suck.