Attack of the Fanboy

Manic Mansion’s spiritual successor Thimbleweed Park is coming to Nintendo Switch

by Lewis White


Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick’s spiritual successor to the cult-classic point and click Maniac Mansion, Thimbleweed Park, will be heading to the Nintendo Switch.

The news was broke by creator Ron Gilbert who released footage of the game running on the console in portable mode on his personal YouTube account. While the game will most probably retain the ability to use a controller like in the Xbox One version, Gilbert’s footage of the game utilizes the Switch’s touch screen functionality, allowing the user to literally point and click for their actions. This feature, which will of course return for the in-development mobile versions of the game, allows for control a lot smoother than using a traditional controller.

Gilbert shared this footage on his Twitter account with the caption, “Vague, cryptic, puzzling clue about our multiple Thumbleweed Park console announcements next week.” With an Xbox One version already out and the Switch version basically confirmed, it would seem that Gilbert is hinting at a possible PS4 release for the game. Unless he really likes the Ouya and, let’s face it, no one likes the Ouya.

Originally funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign raising over $600,000, Thimbleweed Park is one of the few Kickstarter success stories post-Shovel Knight. Described as a neo-noir mystery set in 1987, five people with nothing in common are all drawn to the rundown, forgotten town of Thimbleweed Park. Population: 80 nutcases. With a gorgeous pixel art style and satisfying puzzles, Thimbleweed Park would definitely be a great match for Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid.

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