Parents' Guide to

Thimbleweed Park

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Whodunit throwback to old adventure games just misses mark.

Game Linux , Mac , Windows , Xbox One 2017
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Thimbleweed park hits the mark

Thimbleweed park is a great side scrolling adventure that pits you in the town of thimbleweed with a population of 81. That's until a murder accures and your left to figure out the mystery along two agents that seem to have completely different opinions and reasons as to why they are there. I'm playing this on the Nintendo switch and I can honestly say I have not played many games of this type of genre but it is one of my favorite games on the switch. I have played 15+ hours on this game . I got stuck at many of parts but there's a hint right around the corner at any phone you can find to help you along the way. There's a little bit of swearing but it beeps it out so there's no need to cover your ears . I recommend this for 13+ it's great fun.

Is It Any Good?

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In many ways, this point-and-click adventure both does and doesn't feel like a fresh experience. The game is most enjoyable when it doesn't make winking reference to games that came out in the 1980s and frees itself from the proverbial fourth wall. But the deeper you get in, the more the DNA of its creators shines through: small moments that don't deserve or even merit funny writing (like looking at a toilet lid) unexpectedly provoke a chuckle, and puzzles that seemed aggravating before suddenly prove deceptively simple. That has always been the appeal of this genre, and thankfully that spirit perseveres here.

That said, the only other deterrent to being fully onboard here is the markedly fluctuating voice acting. The game lets you play as five characters (thankfully, each of them carries a to-do list so you don't have to struggle to remember what you should be doing), and at least one of them is so cringingly bad you may want to give all their items to another character to carry out their tasks so you don't have to hear their voice. Other than that, the game is paced very well and is enjoyable in small bursts. You won't run across any puzzles that will stop you completely dead in your tracks for a few weeks at a time, but you will definitely feel challenged more than a few times as you make your way to the end. It's worth hanging with, if only because it's obvious that the people who helped popularize this genre still have more to say, more to do, and more they can dazzle us with.

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