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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 12 days 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

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

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

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: Marc A Flury (@MarcAFlury)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

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.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It's a hard hitting onslaught of a game where you need great reactions, resilience to keep trying and a quick eye to see what's coming.

CostsCosts

Thumper usually costs £15.99 to £16.24.
 

Thumper

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

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.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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