While he has been reasonably prolific in recent years, Ron Gilbert is still best known for his contributions to LucasArts classics like Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island. It is to fans of these games that Gilbert is appealing to fund his latest venture, a traditional point-and-click PC adventure game known as Thimbleweed Park.
The Kickstarter campaign for the project, which went live earlier this week, is seeking to raise US $375,000. The project has already attracted $192,803 worth of pledges, suggesting that it will more than likely surpass its target in the coming days.
The project, which will see Gilbert reunite with his Maniac Mansion cohort Gary Winnick, is being pitched as the “true spiritual successor” to that game. As evidenced by the promotional imagery, Gilbert and Winnick are aiming to evoke the look and feel of what many still regard as the golden era of adventure games.
Thimbleweed Park follows a pair of “washed up detectives” as they investigate “a dead body found in a river” on the outskirts of the eponymous town. The player will switch back and forth between the two detectives as the story progresses.
Gilbert’s recent output includes action RPG DeathSpank, puzzle adventure The Cave and match three mobile game Scurvy Scallywags.