Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick are making a new adventure game together after 27 years.
Thimbleweed Park is a classic adventure game–in the truest sense–from two men who have worked on several titles in the genre, and they’re looking for $375,000 on Kickstarter to make it.
The game will follow a series of mysteries and a murder case that you will solve with point-and-click puzzles. You’ll be able to switch between five characters and finish the game with one of its multiple endings. It will also offer two difficulties for either new adventure game players or seasoned adventure game players.
Gilbert and Winnick will co-design and write the game among other roles. And the team have plans to hire a programmer, artist, musician and testers six months into the 18-month-long development time.
The project is making good progress with about $79,000 raised so far. It has 29 days to go.
Cool, but who are these guys?
Gilbert and Winnick have partly influenced many modern games, including Telltale’s The Walking Dead and Double Fine’s Broken Age, which Gilbert provided some early pre-conception work on.
The duo first joined up to develop what many consider a pioneer for the point-and-click adventure game genre, Maniac Mansion.
The 1987 B-movie-influenced horror game led the early days of now-extinct game developer LucasArts’ catalog of adventure games, mainly because it utilized a unique engine called SCUMM. SCUMM introduced verbs to the adventure game, letting players do things like talk to a vase. It gave players room to be creative and let the writers craft a bunch of great one-liners.
SCUMM went on to be used for another popular adventure game series by Ron Gilbert, Monkey Island.
After leaving LucasArts, Gilbert worked on the action RPG Deathspank series for Hothead Games and, most recently, adventure game The Cave at Double Fine. Winnick left LucasArts earlier than Gilbert and went on to work on comic books. His most recent series is the fairy-tale-inspired series Bad Dreams.
Where can I play these games?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a digital version of Maniac Mansion available. You’d have to scour the internet for a physical copy and, depending on your computer, it might not even work.
The good news is that digital game service GOG got the rights to release 30 old LucasArts games, but none of them are out yet. All you’ve got right now is the remake of The Secret of Monkey Island, which is available on Steam and the upcoming high-definition remake of Grim Fandango for PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and Linux.