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Thumper Review

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Posted: 5 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

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 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

Rating:

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

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: @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

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for fantasy violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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