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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Thumper (2016) is a rhythm game where you guide a beetle-like creature through music track by pressing buttons in time. Unlike other music games, the focus is on impact and combat rather than soaring tunes. It's described by the developer as a rhythm-violence game, and feels like playing a thrash metal song.

Along with pressing buttons to hit lit notes, you also have to hold and move your creature to brace against obstacles. You end up turning against curved walls, jumping over spikes, and defeating enemies. It's fast hard hitting and exhilarating. Get the button presses wrong and your creature is destroyed, making you start again from the last checkpoint.

After each segment of a level you get a rating. Each level in the game features rhythms corresponding to a time signature related to the level number, from 1/2 through to 9/8. Once you have completed a level a Play+ mode is unlocked, where you can attempt the song in one life.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Thumper 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 22 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Rhythm game with Fighting and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 because it features violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures and it features pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children.

The game contains boss fights. Some of these bosses are giant monster heads with flaming eyes, which can be scary when towering over you. Your beetle, as well as the bosses can be defeated. When your beetle gets hit twice, it explodes. Bosses can be fired upon with energy blasts. When defeated, they slowly disappear.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It's a hard hitting onslaught of a game where you need great reactions, resilience to keep trying and a quick eye to see what's coming.

CostsCosts

Thumper usually costs £15.99.
 

Thumper

Switch Store Switch £15.99
Steam Store PC £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99

Thumper

XBox Store Xbox X|S £15.99
XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/10/2016, updated in 2019

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Rhythm (Fighting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Marc A Flury (@MarcAFlury)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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