Show of the Week: Thimbleweed Park and 5 Best Games for Twin Peaks Fans
Point-and-click adventure Thimbleweed Park takes place in the town of the title: a kooky slice of northwest Americana where a mysterious murder has taken place. Besides harking back to classic adventures such as Maniac Mansion, the game doubles down on nostalgic 1990s appeal by evoking inscrutable TV drama Twin Peaks. Show of the Week inspects the show's lasting influence on pop culture, and the other games Twin Peaks fans might like to try.
Consider Deadly Premonition for your fix of playing an idiosyncratic FBI agent, for starters, with this Swery65 joint a Twin Peaks game in all but name. Approach it as bizarre, open-world, interactive Twin Peaks fan fiction and it'll make more sense. Not a lot of sense, but we'll take what we can get.
You play a likewise sleuthing FBI agent in Virginia, a mysterious thriller with supernatural elements, unusual in that it doesn't feature any dialogue - instead telling its story through the environment, body language and audio design.
There is also a diner in it, for which we are awarding Virginia ten additional Twin Peaks points. We'll have the cherry pie, thanks.
Thimbleweed Park comes out on release date 30 March 2017 on Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux, with iOS, Android and PS4 versions to follow.
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