As I just mentioned, I really enjoyed how Terrible Toybox managed to seamlessly combine interesting puzzles, satire, and story together. Many times I found myself chuckling when speaking to new characters trying to dig up some dirt on the town, to the point where I sometimes found myself distracted from the bigger picture, often picking dialog options I knew had nothing to do with the murder I was investigating. Characters often break the fourth wall and reference the game itself, which I found charming, and it hardly took me out of the game. The townsfolk in Thimbleweed are top notch, and I never found meeting and talking to new characters tedious or boring. They all have something to add, be it a tip toward completing a puzzle, or just illuminating how messed up things have gotten in Thimbleweed Park.
The gameplay is what you might expect of the genre. You’ll choose options in a drop box such as open, close, look at, etc. You’ll pick up items along the way and have to figure out how to use them to advance the story. It all fits together nicely, and I rarely found myself frustrated with the games control scheme. My only complaint, which I’ve read from other folks playing the game as well, is that towards the later parts of the game you’ll often find yourself with too many items, and as the puzzles and combinations to complete them become more precise, it can be difficult to figure out which items to use and when. That being said, I feel like that’s part of the fun, so I’m not overly concerned about that.
I’m not a point and click guy, so I don’t hold reverence to these games, and that’s why I didn’t speak much about the correlation between Thimbleweed and point and clicks of yesteryear. I played and reviewed this game with little experience in the genre, and as an outsider looking in, I feel like Thimbleweed is a fantastic game. The characters and narrative kept me engaged the whole time, and I had fun trying to figure out how to solve the games many puzzles. I’d recommend this to anyone interested in a fun lighthearted gaming experience. You don’t have to have played this type of game before, but if you have, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with Thimbleweed Park as well.
Go buy this game-a-reno.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
FINAL SCORE: 9/10
+Clever puzzle design
- Slight item