Thimbleweed Park Gets New Side Story, Game Engine to be Released for Free
Thimbleweed Park recently received a new side game called Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure, which revolves around her return home.
Indie title Thimbleweed Park just got a brand new post-game update titled Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure. According to the official tweet promoting the new content, “Delores is back home and working as a photographer for the Nickel News.” Originally the game was simply meant to test out a new adventure game engine but then it developed into a full side story on its own.
Delores is back home and working as a photographer for the Nickel News. Sample Ron Gilbert’s new adventure game engine in this free prototype that uses “found art” from Thimbleweed Park.
— Thimbleweed Park (@thimbleweedpark) May 9, 2020
A new trailer was also released to promote the new story, as well as a gallery of screenshots:
According to one of the developers Ron Gilbert, Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure isn’t a proper sequel, let alone anything commercially viable because of its incredibly simple nature. So it seems Gilbert decided to release it to fans for free. And in the Twitter thread of the announcement, an answered question reveals even more information about the title’s engine. You can check out Gilbert’s blog for any updates in the future:
Thimbleweed Park was first released for PC, iOS, and Xbox One in 2017. Later on the game was released for PS4 and Nintendo Switch, including as a physical edition in a partnership with Limited Run Games. According to the developers, Thimbleweed Park sold the best first on PC and then on Nintendo Switch. When asked about any future projects coming to Switch, Gilbert stated that “Switch is great, I can’t imagine not releasing our next game on Switch.”
The original plot revolved around FBI agents Ray and Reyes as they arrived at the town of Thimbleweed Park to investigate a murder. Their investigation leads them to several persons of interest: Chuck, the recently deceased owner of the PillowTronics robotics company; Ransome the Clown, cursed to wear his makeup forever after going too far in his insulting performances; Delores, computer programmer and niece of Chuck; and Delores’s downtrodden father Franklin.