Two weeks have passed and it's time for a new freebie from the Epic Games Store. This time around it's an old-school type adventure Thimbleweed Park by Terrible Toybox, a delightful throwback to the golden age of the adventure game genre.
The game itself is designed by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick and is often called the spiritual successor to Maniac Mansion, a 1987 classic co-developed by the two while they were working for Lucasfilm Games, which will turn into LucasArts later.
Thimbleweed Park is designed to match the titles of the era, both in terms of gameplay mechanics and in terms of looks, as you can clearly see.
Once lauded to be the apex in games storytelling, Maniac Mansion seems to have gotten a proper successor, as Thimbleweed Park is quite a refreshing take on what's almost a dead genre.
As the story goes, FBI agents Ray and Rayes investigate a murder in Thimbleweed Park, while meeting a bunch of residents along the way. As you'll soon learn, not all the residents are all up there, if you catch our drift, although all of them are quite the characters.
Much like in its spiritual predecessor, players will be unravelling the mystery of Thimbleweed Park by controlling five characters, switching between them as the story progresses.
Thimbleweed Park first launched for PC, Linux and Mac back in March 2017, later to be ported to the rest of the platforms, iOS and Android included.
Its beginnings, however, are solely the result of Winnick and Gilbert's reminiscing of the times they spent in Lucasfilm Games, which prompted them to go with Kickstarter crowdfunding.
The game not only met its $375,000 goal, it exceeded it by a hefty margin, with the studio getting $564,162 after all the deductions.
True to their word, Epic have delivered yet another freebie, which should be quite a treat if you like games of this sort. If not, then you may want to wait for another two weeks, after which the Epic Games Store is giving away Slime Rancher.