Santa Cruz Tech Beat


30 years in the making, creators of Maniac Mansion release Thimbleweed Park

by Logan Booth
The Satellite Centers

April 6, 2017 — Felton, CA

[Editor’s note: Santa Cruz Tech Beat published Thimbleweed Park: Gaming Like It’s 1987, December 2, 2014.]

Welcome to Thimbleweed Park. Population: 80 nutcases.

A little over two years ago Satellite Felton member Gary Winnick and his partner Ron Gilbert began to raise funding for a new game – a “spiritual” follow up to their successful 1987 release Maniac Mansion. So, now 30 years in the making, Thimbleweed Park has come alive!

In their own words:

Thimbleweed Park is the curious story of two washed up detectives called in to investigate a dead body found in the river just outside of town. It’s a game where you switch between five playable characters while uncovering the dark, satirical and bizarre world of Thimbleweed Park.

Lost along a dusty stretch of highway, the town of Thimbleweed Park once boasted an opulent hotel, a vibrant business district and the state’s largest pillow factory, but now teeters on the edge of oblivion and continues to exist for no real reason. It’s a town that makes you itch and your skin crawl. It’s a place no one ever looks for, but everyone seems to find.

The game will feature Ron and Gary’s trademark satirical humor, poking fun at Twin Peaks, True Detective and The X-Files, with a little Stephen King thrown in just for fun.


Thimbleweed Park Ransome Trailer from Ron Gilbert on Vimeo.

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