Thumper is a rhythm game developed by Drool and will be available on PlayStation 4 with VR and on Steam. After years of development, it will finally be ready for release later this year! Check out the trailer. (Warning: May cause seizures)!
Thumper is a rather psychedelic rhythm game with Egyptian references and just an overall dark and creepy vibe. You play as a Scarab beetle, scurrying along the track at a blazing pace and you will learn and have access to different skills and mechanics the further you progress. During the demo, you have access to the armor upgrade as well as the harden and drifting/wall slide mechanics. Timing, of course, is essential for both survival and dishing out damage. There are light boxes that you must hit in order to launch an attack on the enemy, but if you miss one in the sequence, the attack will fail and you have to repeat that segment again.
Honestly, it may seem repetitive but it is a very forgiving system when you consider how long each level is. You essentially have infinite tries at each sequence in the level as long as you don’t actually die. In case you do die, there are checkpoints strewn throughout the levels so don’t need to worry if you absolutely can’t get past a sequence. I’m not sure if you have a set number of lives though (sorry, I wasn’t willing to keep dying over and over just to find out). You will – or should – eventually be able to remember the patterns since it can get pretty hard to actually react to what is coming in time so it becomes more predict-memorize-die-repeat in some areas. Lots of trial and error but the payoff is very rewarding, especially watching the energy wave travel up the pathway and causing the enemy to explode after giving you so much grief. Suck it, floating tentacle triangle!
The graphics compliment the music extremely well, giving the environment a fiendish feel and weight behind your actions. The first level does a great job of easing you into the pace and overall feel of Thumper with patterns that are easy to pick up while giving you just enough time to stare in wonder at all the shiny lights, geometric tunnels, and creepy tentacles whizzing past you as your blaze your way down the seemingly inter-dimensional highway. If the demo boss serves as any indicator, then later boss designs are going to be fantastically dark and creepy. Even the strange portal that you seem hell-bent on destroying creates somewhat unsettling arms that come off the track and surrounds you like a tunnel. The music, to say the least, is very epic – heavy on the bass and very fast paced which makes up for the number of times you will probably die later on. Awesome sound design and really delivers the weight everything time you smash into the wall or fire off an energy ball.
An excellent rhythm game to play alone or even challenge your friends to get high scores on. It’s like an acid trip, but without any of the bad side-effects and some great music. I was able to play the demo with the VR headset and got to say, it’s a completely different experience than playing on a monitor, but just on a visual level so I wouldn’t even worry about it. As long as you have a monitor and a good headset or sound system, you are set for this game so keep an eye out for the release date!
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