Thimbleweed Park is an adventure game made in the style of the classics and made by a pair very familiar with the classics: Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, creators of Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island. It’s a noir mystery set in 1987 and has shades of Twin Peaks in its bizarre but charming story.

Being a point-and-click adventure game, Thimbleweed Park is plenty at home on a mobile platform. It’s also one of quite a few Kickstarter success stories in 2017. The gameplay has the player character in a third-person perspective, with a list of verbs like “use”, “pick up” and more at the bottom of the screen.

Those familiar with classic adventure games will understand the user interface immediately, and those who aren’t should be able to pick it up fairly quickly.

All of these gameplay elements wouldn’t mean anything if it wasn’t backed by an intriguing story, and Thimbleweed Park doesn’t disappoint. Two FBI agents arrive to the town of Thimbleweed Park to investigate a murder. You are led through the weird town full of even weirder people trying to piece things together. It’s full of charm and intrigue.

Thimbleweed Park is $9.99 on Google Play.

Destination Android Game of the Year 2017 thus far

31. Sonny
30. A Girl Adrift
29. Burgle Bros
27. Passpartout: The Starving Artist
26. Cityglitch
25. Layton’s Mystery Journey
24. Disjoint
23. Linelight
22. Tokaido
21. Home Behind
20. The Witch’s Isle
19. Milkmaid of the Milky Way
18. Cosmic Express
17. FRAMED 2
16. Miracle Merchant
15. Spaceplan
14. Fowlst
13. Old Man’s Journey
12. Underhand
11. Sidewords
10. Love You to Bits
9. Card Thief
8. Cat Quest
7. Slayaway Camp
6. Million Onion Hotel
5. After the End: Forsaken Destiny
4. Thimbleweed Park


James founded Destination Android and writes about sports for Vox Media's SB Nation. He is a mindless jerk who will be first against the wall when the revolution comes.

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