Two member of the team behind classic Lucasfilm Games title Maniac Mansion, namely Ron Gilbert and artist Gary Winnick, have reunited to set up a Kickstarter campaign for a brand new adventure with a retro design philosophy that recalls the golden age of adventure games.
Thimbleweed Park will, according to the developers, be like "opening a dusty old desk drawer and finding an undiscoveredgame you’ve never played before."
Set in the bizarre, darkly comic town of the same name, Thimbleweed Park tells the story of two detectives called in to investigate a dead body. There's five characters to play as, from a cursed clown to a dead man called Franklin, and hours of content with multiple endings to be earned.
"Thimbleweed Park once boasted an opulent hotel, a vibrant business district and the state’s largest pillow factory," reads the campaign page, "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."
As well as the humour and storytelling that marked out classic Lucasarts adventure games, Thimbleweed Park goes for a retro pixel art style. It's got a charming air of nostalgia about it.
You can find out more about the game on its. The campaign runs until December 18, and Winnick and Gilbery are looking to raise $375,000. Considering that there's 28 days to go and they've already got $205,364, I'd say there's a good chance they'll hit that target.