Side-scrolling adventure games often have distinctive elements to attract players to their inner world. Players have always had a curious nature, so adventure games often contain loads of exciting things for players to go around to explore and uncover. Moreover, many games also apply many elements from other genres, making the gameplay richer and more diverse. A simple example of those elements is Thimbleweed Park, a point-n-click adventure game, and combined with the puzzle, detective, and horror elements to give players perfect gameplay. It can be said that this game will be a perfect representation of classic detective movies, with a combination of dark tones, and the time is mostly at night to emphasize the horror element.
AN INTRIGUING STORY FOR YOU TO ENJOY
Beginning in the story, the player becomes Agent Ray, an investigator, on her way to Thimbleweed Park to investigate the disappearance of the locals. Thimbleweed Park does not stand out and has no tourists, it is surrounded by vast forests, and even the Park emits a boring, at the same time, scary atmosphere. However, there are plenty of interesting places for players to play, like the Haunted Hotel, Abandoned Circus, A Burnt-Out Factory, and more. Each location will have a separate role throughout the storyline, and players will have to interact with locals to find more clues about corpses, as well as murderers. Moreover, Thimbleweed Park also has many other mysteries besides murderers for players to explore, and it will add many horror elements to give players more emotional experiences.
A DISTINCTIVE POINT-N-CLICK GAMEPLAY
The gameplay structure of Thimbleweed Park is point-n-click, meaning players will control their characters around the city by tapping on locations to interact. The game also uses side-scrolling elements with retro pixel graphics to make the game stand out even more with its gameplay. Based on the story of the game, the player will have to go to the necessary places, interact with the environment, gather information from the people, and many other things. Of course, everything can be done by tapping around. Besides, the player will have to collect clues scattered throughout the city, analyze them, thereby making conclusions to convict the killer. Interacting with the NPCs is the key to ending the game, as players have to know how to deceive them, while also extracting information needed for the job.
INTERTWINED PUZZLE WITH MINI-GAMES ACROSS THE PARK
The feature to identify side-scrolling adventure games is a puzzle element hidden throughout their gameplay. The same goes for “Thimbleweed Park,” where the player must complete puzzles combined with mini-games to progress the storyline. The puzzle can appear in many forms, as an object, or as unsolved cases, as well as mini-games that will appear every time the player interacts with key points. By adding a puzzle element interwoven with the mini-game, “Thimbleweed Park” is brought to the next level in the adventure game genre. Moreover, everything will become attractive, dramatic, intense, and even more impressive as the player progresses the plot because the game was created to give players a variety of different emotions.
VARIOUS PLAYABLE CHARACTERS
Thimbleweed Park will have the lead character Agent Ray, but at the same time give players new characters for them to explore their secret story and personality. The main difference between each character is the way they reason and handle situations, and their personalities can easily affect the entire storyline at the player’s discretion. Moreover, by exploring Thimbleweed Park, players will also have the opportunity to explore each person’s private storylines and even better understand their relationship to this ruined town. The diversity of characters will make the gameplay richer and more diverse, even giving players more opportunities to uncover the secrets throughout the town with each character.
BUILT-IN HINT SYSTEM FOR STORY PROGRESS
Thimbleweed Park is just a small town, but it is enough to make players’ minds reeling from the amount of information, mysteries, and cases inside this. Players will have to interact with the environment, NPCs, and many other things to find answers. However, the game will go easy on players because many moments make them confused and don’t know what to do next, and they will need hints to find the next clue. “Thimbleweed Park” will have a novel built-in hint system, Instead of showing up as a function, their characters would automatically reason to lead the player. After a period of inactivity, the character will give a hint in the form of a question, so that players can search their surroundings to make progress with the gameplay.
Thimbleweed Park can be considered a perfect example of a puzzle adventure game when it has rich gameplay, diverse characters, and an abundant quest system. Not only that, but the element of the detective is clearly emphasized, as players have to use wisdom to question the local people, as well as find out the small details in each case.