Review: Thimbleweed Park (Steam)

In Thimbleweed Park, a dead body is the least of your problems.

Pros:

  • Pixel art graphics.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Auto saves regularly but does have manual save options.
  • Help section for game and controls.
  • Two difficulty settings that determine the frequency and difficulty of the puzzles.
  • Puzzle point and click gameplay.
  • You control multiple characters throughout the game.
  • Excellent writing and voice work.
  • Keeps the retro feel but at the same time stays modern thanks to many mechanics even things like run make the genre a lot more accessible and fresh, Stupid to say but it really does make a difference.
  • Notebook-contains a todo list. Think of it like a mission checklist.
  • Controller works really well thanks to shortcuts such as quick select and shortcut buttons.
  • 2D game world with a layered design giving it a more 3D feel.
  • Intoxicating soundtrack.
  • Beautiful locations from grave yards to towns and hills.
  • Cameo appearances from may Lucas art film games.
  • A lot of humour, History and in game jokes.
  • Such a compelling story that no matter how you play it, You will always be entertained.
  • Oozes charm from start to finish.
  • Eight chapters to play through.
  • Unlock fast travel.
  • The game can be played with just the mouse, Mouse also comes equipped with shortcuts.
  • Non linear game meaning you have no real boundaries and you can attack the story how ever you play.
  • So much fun to play.
  • Really clever puzzles with a lot of variety.

Cons:

  • Minimal video settings.
  • Can easily miss things.
  • Very much a one and done experience.
  • You feel at times like you dont know what the game wants from you/What its capable of.
  • Slow starter.

 

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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