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Thumper Review
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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Thumper is a rhythm game where you guide a beetle-like creature through music track by pressing buttons in time. Unlike other music games, the focus is on impact and combat rather than soaring tunes. It's described by the developer as a rhythm-violence game, and feels like playing a thrash metal song.

Along with pressing buttons to hit lit notes, you also have to hold and move your creature to brace against obstacles. You end up turning against curved walls, jumping over spikes, and defeating enemies. It's fast hard hitting and exhilarating. Get the button presses wrong and your creature is destroyed, making you start again from the last checkpoint.

After each segment of a level you get a rating. Each level in the game features rhythms corresponding to a time signature related to the level number, from 1/2 through to 9/8. Once you have completed a level a Play+ mode is unlocked, where you can attempt the song in one life.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 10/10/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: Marc A Flury (@MarcAFlury)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Thumper usually costs £15.99 to £16.24.
 

Thumper

XBox Store Xbox One £16.24
XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Switch Store Switch £15.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 because it features violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures and it features pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children.

The game contains boss fights. Some of these bosses are giant monster heads with flaming eyes, which can be scary when towering over you. Your beetle, as well as the bosses can be defeated. When your beetle gets hit twice, it explodes. Bosses can be fired upon with energy blasts. When defeated, they slowly disappear.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Thumper Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@MarcAFlury) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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