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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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  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: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. May 5, 2018
    10
    This is the best rhythm game since the glory days of Guitar Hero. Not only does this game have a sick and addicting soundtrack, it is also aThis is the best rhythm game since the glory days of Guitar Hero. Not only does this game have a sick and addicting soundtrack, it is also a violent combat game. I got hooked right from the start, and I found it hard to stop playing. No matter how frustrating it does get, I kept on playing until I finished the segment I kept messing up on. The level and boss design are beautiful, and the environment around you just fills you with this existential dread that's just hard to resist. When I finished the final segments of the final level, I really had this overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Thumper is beautiful, fun, challenging, and addicting. Amazing game!! Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2017
    10
    An unparalleled rhythm experience. Its combination of simple and intuitive controls, excellent visual and auditory feedback, and compellingAn unparalleled rhythm experience. Its combination of simple and intuitive controls, excellent visual and auditory feedback, and compelling depth in movement mechanics and player strategies break new ground in the rhythm game genre. It is a difficult game to master on its own, a general understanding of rhythm is often what is needed to finish later levels (of which there are 9). Though this seems daunting, levels are broken up in such a way that practicing and improving is as simple as playing them over and over. Though many rhythm games function like this, Thumper is different in that it asks you to memorize short rhythm sequences that are then later arranged into more complex patterns as opposed to entire songs. This makes the process of learning each level very streamlined and enjoyable because you begin to develop a feel for a set of rhythms and don't have to hold entire songs in memory. In VR, the game's visuals are incredible: an abstract, nightmarish glide through an infinite hell scape. They are so good that they often become a problem because you're not focusing on the track. Though it will likely be difficult and frustrating for those not accustomed to grind intensive, challenging game play, Thumper is a quintessential rhythm game for anyone interested in the genre, or in having an amazing VR experience. Expand
  3. 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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  4. Oct 27, 2016
    9
    Excellent game. Just needs a bit more of help on how to play it, but when you get the game dynamics is really fun. Nice graphics, nice musicExcellent game. Just needs a bit more of help on how to play it, but when you get the game dynamics is really fun. Nice graphics, nice music and nice bosses, what else can you ask for? A must have for the PS VR. Expand
  5. Feb 7, 2019
    8
    Pretty cool rhythm experience in VR, definitely worth checking out. Making it to the end is beyond my capability however.
  6. Dec 31, 2017
    8
    Thumper is a VR rhythm game. You control a metallic bug travelling along a rail at high speeds avoiding obstacles. It's a simple game but doesThumper is a VR rhythm game. You control a metallic bug travelling along a rail at high speeds avoiding obstacles. It's a simple game but does it extremely well. Expand
  7. Mar 13, 2019
    4
    It's a cool set-up, especially in VR, but it is also unforgivingly hard, sucking all the fun out of it, because you have to repeat certainIt's a cool set-up, especially in VR, but it is also unforgivingly hard, sucking all the fun out of it, because you have to repeat certain sections over and over again. I barely got to section 5, after which I stopped playing because the game became too frustrating. Too bad, it really has potential. But right now it's for diehard rhythm game fans and masochists only. Expand

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