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  • Summary: Thumper strips rhythm gaming down to its core. Classic rhythm-action is combined with speed and satisfying physicality. With one analog stick and one button, you control a space beetle while hurtling through stunning and treacherous worlds. Each rhythmic hit, crash, and impact isThumper strips rhythm gaming down to its core. Classic rhythm-action is combined with speed and satisfying physicality. With one analog stick and one button, you control a space beetle while hurtling through stunning and treacherous worlds. Each rhythmic hit, crash, and impact is interwoven with an original soundtrack by Brian Gibson of the acclaimed noise-rock band Lightning Bolt. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Nov 22, 2016
    100
    Thumper really isn’t like anything else I’ve played and I don’t say that lightly. Yes, there are similarities to other games in the genre, but the rush of adrenaline and existential dread felt throughout the game are just small factors in what ultimately sets it apart. Thumper is a brutal deep dive into the abyss, one that will relentlessly push you to your limits again and again.
  2. Oct 21, 2016
    90
    Thumper is one of my favorite games this year, simple yet challenging, visually stimulating, and excellent sound use. Easy to play, hard to master is the familiar phrase that comes to mind.
  3. Nov 16, 2016
    90
    Built upon the same cradle as many other rhythm games, Thumper is one of the best experiences we've had this year. Feeling a bit like Audiosurf, the game pushes the player to go beyond everything he knows about his reflexes, while being hypnotized by the greatness of the soundtrack/visuals combination.
  4. Jul 29, 2017
    85
    Thumper is a fun and visually aggressive, face paced rhythm survival game. As a space scarab you’ll enjoy banking and weaving your way through hours of increasingly intense levels. It doesn't make use of any mechanics that are unique to VR and plays identically on the screen as it does on the headset, however the novelty of being in VR enables a more focused experience and heightens the game's purposeful intensity. [Tested with PlayStation VR]
  5. Oct 11, 2016
    83
    A nice surprise for those who have or don't have PS VR. A game as easy to play as it is deep and extremely addictive.
  6. Oct 27, 2016
    80
    Blisteringly fast and relentlessly unforgiving, Thumper will keep you engaged for hours.
  7. Oct 5, 2016
    58
    I enjoy challenging games when there’s a rewarding payoff. With Thumper, the reward of doing well is just more Thumper. If you’re really into the game’s bleak conceit, you may have the patience to hang with it for the duration. Personally, I was ready to leap out of the trough and never look back.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Oct 10, 2016
    10
    game is great, but really really hard and disorienting. instead of focusing on making a rhythm game with difficult execution, the devs didgame is great, but really really hard and disorienting. instead of focusing on making a rhythm game with difficult execution, the devs did everything possible to confuse and distract the player from being able to read the rather simple patterns, and to great effect. the note lane bends, contorts, flips, spirals, multiplies and dissolves while the pace rapidly climbs through the course until you encounter a boss. at that point, not only does the lane absolutely lose it as the central vanishing point is obliterated, but you are trapped in an infinite "do or die" 16-bar(ish) loop that requires building combos to power up shots you use to deal damage and clear the lane for the next pattern. do this several times, and you get dropped into the next section, and then fight a final boss after that.

    all in all, a single level can take somewhere around 20 minutes to over an hour (for me at least) depending on how much you fail. checkpoints are very generous, so you are rarely forced to replay much more than 20-30 seconds of a stage per failure. there are 9 levels so it is a good deal for the $20 imo especially since the replay value is high. not something i would play for an extended amount of time though, that's for sure. this one needs breaks.
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  2. Jul 28, 2017
    10
    While the flat version of the game is a thrill - it can be more difficult to judge the timing and speed. In VR however, it becomes easier toWhile the flat version of the game is a thrill - it can be more difficult to judge the timing and speed. In VR however, it becomes easier to judge the depth and it's the only game I've played that induces a trance like state of concentration and muscle memory reflexes thats a wonder to behold. Literally perfect. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2021
    10
    Real sleeper hit this one. Fun to play & the rhythm side of things makes it even better.
    Worth noting I played in VR.
    Managed to scrape into
    Real sleeper hit this one. Fun to play & the rhythm side of things makes it even better.
    Worth noting I played in VR.
    Managed to scrape into my top 50 games of all time as well.
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  4. Jan 1, 2017
    8
    Other reviews are not exaggerating, Thumper really is incredibly hard. This usually frustrates me and I eventually quit but Thumper stops justOther reviews are not exaggerating, Thumper really is incredibly hard. This usually frustrates me and I eventually quit but Thumper stops just short of becoming a chore. I'm about halfway through the game and it takes me a lot of practice to beat these levels but it is also incredibly immersive and fun when you finally nail it. I'm still enjoying it a couple of months later but in small chunks at a time so as not to drive myself crazy. What they have now is fine as a hard mode but a normal mode with a slight notch down in difficulty would make it less frustrating for those that have less patience. Expand
  5. Oct 15, 2016
    8
    Thumper
    A mix of frustrating and fun
    Thumper is a rhythm based game compatible with console, pc, as well as vr.. It starts out fairly
    Thumper
    A mix of frustrating and fun
    Thumper is a rhythm based game compatible with console, pc, as well as vr..
    It starts out fairly simple.. tap x when a shiny part shows up.. and slowly the game adds more to the basics like sides to slide against and walls to crash through..
    And thumper won’t let you leave an area until you get it down…
    Thumper consists of 9 levels with 15 – 30 sections in each level…
    You have to be able to pass through each section with an obstacle to move on, and you have to do it for real as the game allows 1 mess up per section…
    At first the game is thrilling.. It’s a blast dodging obstacles and adding beats to the music playing in the background…
    But every level adds a new gimmick and it ends up getting completely out of hand at times…
    Each level progressively gets harder as you go... and again youre allowed 1 mess up per section…
    So its not too much to ask of the player to get used to patterns and figure things out in each checkpoint…
    The issue comes down to the bosses…
    There are 2 bosses in each level that of course bring that levels gimmick to the table…
    The only problem is each boss has around 4 stages….
    This doesn’t sound too bad, but unlike the rest of the game... the actual fun part of the game… the bosses have no checkpoints…
    In a game about rhythm….
    This is a problem for numerous reasons…
    To beat the boss you literally have to complete each of the stages with complete perfection in terms of hitting each beat…
    with only 1 mess up allowed, with sometimes getting the opportunity to get that mess up back if you clear 1 stage sufficiently…
    But no checkpoints in each of these 4 stages is an issue because again.. This is a rhythm based game…
    Forcing me to go back to clear 3 stages perfectly after I’ve proven myself time after time only to get to the 4th stage and die to do it again kills the rhythm…
    You’re trying to figure out a pattern, and just as you’re about to get it, you have to deal with 3 other patterns that jumble the rhythm you had going on the stage of the boss you died at…
    Usually the stage that slams you with its gimmick, which some of them like the slam to break objects are complete garbage where timing feels more luck based
    This leads to the bosses feelings frustrating and not even the least bit fun….
    I appreciate the fact that the limited lives teach you the game in the obstacle portion of the game... but boss battles should either have check points or work off of a collection meter rather than force perfection 4 times in a row… or perhaps be a score challenge impossible to fail with penalties rather than the punishment of a restart loop…
    Thumper is an intensely challenging game..
    So much so that at the time of this review, only about 1 in every 200 people that play it, beat it
    if you’re a rhythm based master, this is the perfect game to test yourself with…
    As while yes the boss battles unfortunately left a sour taste in my mouth... The game play here and fast paced obstacle dodging is addicting and will definitely give you that one more try moment as your thumb begs for mercy…
    I give thumper
    an 8.0/10
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  6. Jul 1, 2018
    8
    A psychedelic rhythm game that gives you an otherworldly experience unlike any other in VR. It's really satisfying to complete an intenseA psychedelic rhythm game that gives you an otherworldly experience unlike any other in VR. It's really satisfying to complete an intense section although it can get repetitive. Good to play in small chunks if you aren't a hardcore rhythm game enthusiast. Expand
  7. Mar 27, 2021
    3
    + The visuls are the only good thing about this game.
    +- The game is very difficult.
    - This is suposed to be an music rhyeme game but the
    + The visuls are the only good thing about this game.
    +- The game is very difficult.
    - This is suposed to be an music rhyeme game but the audio is rubbish.
    - A music rhyeme game with rubbish audio is just a bore to play.
    = The game is hard so you need to keep at it to progress but the game is too boring to make me want to. I'd rather play the Britney Spears rhyeme game on PS2 and what's sad is, I am not joking.
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