Thimbleweed Park was one of my favourite games of 2017 and my love for point & click adventure games was reignited upon its release. It gave me a nostalgic hit with flashbacks of the time I spent gaming in my childhood. We haven’t seen enough of these games over the years, with the exception of the Monkey Island remasters. So as you can imagine I was thrilled when I saw an up and coming 3 Minutes To Midnight at EGX. This is a game that not only adopts the classic point & click theme but what immediately struck me was its ability to adopt the colourful charismatic characters and story writing too, plus its cleverly designed puzzles too.
I was immediately drawn in to this game as soon as I started playing, I felt so engrossed and very invested despite it being such a small portion of the game, which can only bode well for when the full version is released. The puzzles were cheeky, funny and linked in to each other and the more I played the more I loved it. Having spoke to a member of the team at Scarcrow Studios, Pavlina Kacerova, it was clear to see that the passion and pride that this team has in the game has clearly shone through in to its development. Pavlina was enthusiastic about it, she acknowledged that they have taken influence from games such as Monkey Island and Thimbleweed Park (she referenced the latter when describing the game).
Visually it looks sharp with heaps of personality and vibrant colours. A cartoon style is used for the art direction and it really works. I can’t tell you much about the story as the slice that I played was around half way in to the game and nothing that happened while I went hands on with it really gave anything significant away. What was clear though was the instantly likeable quirky characters, who by the looks of it are the ones that holds it all together even when there may be a slow point in the story. Imagine character design that is a mix of Day of the Tentacle and Monkey Island and you’d be pretty well prepared for what to expect.
3 Minutes To Midnight is set to release around the second half of 2019 and I can’t wait for it. If you’re a fan of the classic story driven, puzzle solving point & click adventure games with quirky , well written characters then you need to keep an eye on this one. If it turns out as good as I think it will, we may be looking at one of the best indie games to be released in 2019.