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Release Date: October 10th, 2016 Movie Release Year: 2016


Overview -

Developed by two former Harmonix employees, 'Thumper' is the first rhythm game from Drool. Described as "rhythm violence," the PlayStation VR launch title (that is also playable normally) has the player controlling a cosmic beetle as it speeds down a highway. It's up to the player to make sure the beetle can get to its destination and destroy the boss at the end of each level.

Highly Recommended
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Tech Specs & Release Details
Release Date:
October 10th, 2016

Video Review


'Thumper' is easily one of the best looking games of 2016, and shows that style goes a long way. I cherished every second of the game, as I watched the beetle travel through psychedelic dreamscapes. Neon lights and reflective surfaces help make this a gorgeous looking game from start to finish, and no other game quite looks like what Drool have made.

Audio Review


While the majority of rhythm games feature catchy music that one would dance to, 'Thumper' features intense tribal beats, a lot of heavy bass, and synth blasts. Every action of the beetle added to the aural experience as the clash against walls and explosions helped fill my eardrums. The soundtrack perfectly complements the game's theme of violence, and it's a real highlight here.

Final Thoughts

'Thumper's unique brand of "rhythm violence" should be experienced by every fan of rhythm games. It's an audiovisual delight that has been paired with challenging gameplay, and it creates such a captivating experience. While I definitely think it's a better game when played on PlayStation VR, regular PS4 owners will still find a stellar game here. Just one that is slightly more difficult and not quite as engrossing.