Spiritual Successor to Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island in the Works

Lucasfilm veterans Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick are trying to bring back the classic point-and-click adventure.

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Yeah, it's another Kickstarter, and like several others it's also from PC gaming legends that want to revive a genre that doesn't get much love from big publishers. But the game that developers Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick are trying to bring back harkens back to the days of Maniac Mansion.

According to the game's description on Kickstarter, "Thimbleweed Park is a new game that cuts to the core of what made classic point & click adventure games so special, and done by the actual people who spawned the genre." And the team's lofty goal is "to create the true spiritual successor to Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island."

You can read more about the game, the team, and the various reward tiers over on the game's description page. The least amount you can pledge and still get a copy of the game is $20.

The team is suprisingly frank about their expectations for launching on time as well. If the Kickstarter is successful, the game is set to ship around August 2016, but the developer writes, "Does that mean we won't be late? No, we probably will be late, but not by a lot and the game will be better for it. That's just the reality of making a game and we're going to be honest about that. We'll keep everyone up-to-date and hopefully there will be no surprises."

The team is trying to raise $375,000 for Thimbleweed Park, and as of this writing they're sitting at almost $200,000 with 28 days left to go. Full disclosure: I'm a huge fan of point-and-click adventure games, and I totally backed this.

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