A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Assuring justice is served for murder victim is noble goal, but detectives go about it in a way that's frequently insulting, impatient, openly mocking locals.
Positive Role Models
Nearly every character is selfish, manipulative, only cooperates with others when there's something in it for themselves.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, but puzzles (some of which are optional by difficulty selection at start) are definitely intended to make progression harder, though none are "rip your hair out" hard.
Violence & Scariness
There's a murder, some other general violence, but it's all slapstick, portrayed relatively cartoonishly.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild lewd comments; jokes are made about people wanting to have sex, having seen naked bodies, but nothing beyond that.
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Some vulgar references, curse words (references to having sex, other insulting terms) pop up with regularity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One quest involves having to secure psychedelic mushrooms for another character, is full of drug references, steady references to drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Thimbleweed Park is a downloadable adventure game. It's clearly an homage to old-school point-and-click adventure games created by two people who helped popularize the genre back in the 1980s. Although the game centers on a murder investigation, there's only minimal violence that's cartoonishly shown in the game. There are some mature comments within the game, such as some profanity and a focus on lewd dialogue related to sex. There's also a regular amount of drug and alcohol references, as well as a mission to track down psychedelic mushrooms.
Is It Any Good?
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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