Thumper

A music action game released by an independent studio – Drool. The development team includes individuals who have cooperated with Harmonix Music Systems. The players are tasked with defeating CRAKHED – a large, crazy head from the future that is threatening the world. The action is presented from a third-person perspective, with the main character being a space beetle. The gameplay consists of pressing the buttons to the rhythm, and jumping to parallel tracks, which allows us to acquire different bonuses, and avoid traps. The results of our actions can be tracked using a point counter present in the game, while the succeeding levels are characterized with increasing difficulty level. In Thumper’s psychedelic visuals, the major role is played by chromed surfaces, while one of the mainstays of the game, the soundtrack includes fast-paced and dynamic electronic music. The title makes use of virtual reality goggles, but they are not mandatory to play.

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PC / Windows
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Thumper

Thumper | PC

Arcade, music, indie games

Companies responsible for Thumper

Drool | game developer

Drool | publisher   Official website

Thumper release date for PC:

game language:
English

11 October 2016 | Worldwide

11 October 2016 | Europe

11 October 2016 | USA

Game mode: single player

Sony PlayStation 4
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Thumper

Thumper | PS4

Arcade, music, indie games

Companies responsible for Thumper

Drool | game developer

Drool | publisher   Official website

Thumper release date for PS4:

game language:
English

11 October 2016 | Worldwide

11 October 2016 | Europe PAL

11 October 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 1 players' votes.  

Microsoft XBOX ONE
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Thumper

Thumper | XBOX ONE

Arcade, music, indie games

Companies responsible for Thumper

Drool | game developer

Drool | publisher   Official website

Thumper release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:
English

18 August 2017 | Worldwide

18 August 2017 | Europe PAL

18 August 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 10 / 10 calculated out of 7 players' votes.  

Nintendo Switch
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Thumper

Thumper | Switch

Arcade, music, indie games

Companies responsible for Thumper

Drool | game developer

Drool | publisher   Official website

Thumper release date for Switch:

game language:
English

18 May 2017 | Worldwide

18 May 2017 | Europe PAL

18 May 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 10 / 10 calculated out of 1 players' votes.  

Thumper for Xbox One is a game created by Drool, a studio consisting of two people. Marc Flury is a programmer and a designer, while Brian Gibson is a music composer. The developers have been cooperating with Harmonix earlier, so each of them can show off their rich experience with creating music games.

Similarly to the other games from this genre, Thumper doesn’t offer an elaborate story layer, but the thing that we receive is bizarre enough. The player assumes the role of a space beetle, and his task is to defeat a great, crazy head. CRAKHED comes from the future and is a danger to the world.

Mechanics

Thumper for Xbox One doesn’t differ much from other games in the genre. The action is presented from a third person perspective. The player travels along a predetermined path, and he has to press buttons in the rhythm of music and jump along the parallel tracks to avoid traps and catch various bonuses. From time to time, we are treated with a boss encounter. The incredibly dynamic gameplay is accompanied by a point counter, evaluating our actions on the fly, with the end result depending mainly on observation skills and reflex. The game has been divided into successive stages of increasing difficulty and different designs.

Technical aspects

Thumper has been released for personal computers, as well as PlayStation 4. The game makes use of the virtual reality goggles, but they are not a mandatory position. During the gameplay, we are treated with quick electronic music, while the visual side is dominated by chromed planes and psychedelic color mixing.

Misc.

The title has received a collector’s edition. It includes a code authorizing the download of the game for the chosen platform, and the official soundtrack released on vinyl, with a cover created by Robert Beatty.

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PEGI Rating

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty.Game may be frightening or scary for young children.Game contains depictions of violence.