Thursday, October 13, 2016

PC Review #153: Thumper

Title: Thumper
Developer: Drool
Platforms: PC, PS4
Price: $19.99
---
Would it be hyperbole to say that Thumper is the most intense, most satisfying, and most draining test of reflexes since Super Hexagon? Much like Terry Cavanagh's infamously challenging arcade game, Thumper is equal parts simplicity and excess, easy-to-understand but challenging-to-master gameplay within a sensory overload of movement, color, and sound. If Super Hexagon was hypnotic in its shifting twisting geometric minimalism, then Thumper is 2001's mesmerizing mind@!%$ given metal life.
From the first section of its nine levels to its last hellish stage, Thumper hurls you into a kaleidoscopic tempest, your chrome beetle racing along twisting tracks and claustrophobic tunnels as eldritch beings of light and metal twist and unfurl within the void. It's a visual gut punch of an experience, that I can only imagine is enhanced to eye-bleeding levels in VR. But even with headphones and a regular screen, Thumper's intensity is peerless.

Imagine those classic inputs of a Guitar Hero or Rock Band - tap and hold to the beat at the right time - and you can grasp Thumper. Strip away the speed and visual chaos, and Thumper is as easy to understand as those games. Thump down on markers, turn and grind against the turns, hover over spikes and through rings. Even as more elements and nuances are introduced, the game remains a mechanically lean test of focus and reflex.
Success in Thumper is draining, exhausting, exhilarating. Like some cyberpunk birdcall, you answer the music's beat with every shockwave of your thumps and spraying sparks of grinds, until you're conditioned to react to each signal and tone with practiced skill. Success requires you to act on the fine line between focus and near-clairvoyant intuition, that zone and flow that the best in the genre let you enter.

Success in Thumper is tactile and physical in ways that few games can tout. You feel every thump, every slam into a turn, every missed beat. Your fingers hurt, you feel your heart thumping in your chest, your vision is locked on the road ahead, you twist and duck in sync with the serpentine track. Thumper is a chemical reaction in game form; every action has a reaction, that flares and explodes and flashes and shatters in response.
I've never been able to get into the music/rhythm genre. Even my favorite - Crypt of the Necrodancer - is enjoyed more for its clever roguelike design than its music game elements. But that's only a testament to Thumper's masterful design and audiovisual hellscape. It's one of those special games that can cross genre lines and even appeal to those who wouldn't normally be interested. Moving to the rhythm has never been this relentless and satisfying.

Thumper is available to purchase on Steam, Humbleitch.io, and Playstation.

25 comments:

  1. To celebrate the launch of our free app Monkey Jungle Speed, we're trying to find Facebook's worst driver! Tag the worst driver you know and you could win an iPad air. Winner picked at random 17/11/16. Test your driving skills on Monkey Jungle Speed today. Top the leader-board to win some serious cash prizes.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Tower defense: King of Hero. The best tower defense game, the best strategy game
    https://t.co/JOrtZJgstf

    ReplyDelete
  3. I really happy to be here on this blog and its really informative.
    arcade machines for sale

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thank for your sharing good blog comment.

    goldenslot

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow its a very good post. The information provided by you is really very good and helpful for me. Keep sharing good information.I bookmark your blog because I found very good information on your blog

    ดูหนัง

    ReplyDelete
  6. Halloween or Hallowe'en, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day
    happyhalloweenimages2018.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. Spot on with this write-up, I actually think this website needs far more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the info!


    Happy Halloween Images 2018
    Happy Halloween Images For Facebook
    Halloween Images 2018
    Halloween Images Free Download
    Halloween Images HD

    ReplyDelete
  8. After looking at a number of the blog articles on your site, I seriously like your way of blogging. I added it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back in the near future.


    Funny Halloween Pictures 2018
    Funny Halloween Pictures For Facebook
    Halloween Pictures 2018
    Halloween Pictures Free Download
    Halloween Pictures HD

    ReplyDelete
  9. excellent put up, very informative. I wonder why the opposite experts of this sector do not understand this. You must continue your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!


    Happy Halloween Quotes 2018
    Happy Halloween Quotes For Facebook
    Halloween Quotes 2018
    Happy Halloween Quotes For Status
    Happy Halloween Quotes Images

    ReplyDelete
  10. I all the time used to study paragraph in news papers but now as I am a user of web thus from now I am using net for content, thanks to web.


    Short Halloween Poems 2018
    short Halloween Poems For Facebook
    Halloween Poems 2018
    Happy Halloween Poems And Pharses
    Short Halloween Poems For Status

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi there, You’ve done an incredible job. I will definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this web site.


    Halloween Backgrounds 2018
    Halloween Backgrounds Images For Facebook
    Happy Halloween Backgrounds
    Halloween Backgrounds And Wallpapers
    Halloween Backgrounds Images

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow, fantastic weblog structure! How lengthy have yyou ever been running a blog for? you make running a blog glance easy. The overall look of your web sire is excellent, let alone the content material!


    Halloween Captions 2018
    Happy Halloween Captions For Facebook
    Halloween Captions Images
    Halloween Captions And Sayings
    Halloween Captions And Short Poems

    ReplyDelete

  13. Normally I do not read post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, very nice article.


    Halloween Clipart 2018
    Happy Halloween Clipart For Facebook
    Happy Halloween Clipart
    Halloween Clipart And Wallpapers
    Halloween Clipart And Pictures

    ReplyDelete
  14. It’s really a great and helpful piece of information. I am happy that you simply shared this helpful information with us.

    หนังออนไลน์

    ReplyDelete
  15. It’s actually a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m happy that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Rose Day Images And Quotes 2019
    Happy Purpose Day Images And Quotes 2019
    Happy Chocolate Day Images And Quotes 2019
    Happy Teddy Day Images And Quotes 2019
    Happy Promise Day Images And Quotes 2019

    ReplyDelete
  16. Excellent blog here! Also your site loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol
    Happy Valentines Day Images 2019
    Happy Valentines Day Quotes 2019
    Happy Valentines Day Gif 2019
    Happy Valentines Day Pictures 2019
    Happy Valentines Day Clipart 2019

    ReplyDelete
  17. It’s actually a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m happy that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

    Good Morning Quotes 2019 With hd Images
    Good Morning Quotes 2019 For Whatsapp
    Good Morning Quotes 2019 In English
    Good Morning Quotes 2019 For BF

    ReplyDelete
  18. See Agarwal Packers and Movers Customer Reviews, Feedback, and Complaints in Gile Shikwe and Phark Padta Hai websites. CLICK THE LINK BELOW.

    CLICK HERE

    ReplyDelete