Gosh, Thumper is an interesting one. It’s been overwhelmingly intriguing since its reveal many moons ago, what with it calling itself a “rhythm violence game” and claiming to be more rhythm hell than rhythm heaven and everything. Its premise is deceptively simple, but its execution is so intense that it actually makes my heart race a little.
If you’d like an idea of what I’m on about, come have a look at the game’s new trailer, showing off a minute of Thumper in motion.
See? Heart: racing.
If you want to know exactly what you’re looking at, here’s how two-person dev team Drool (comprised of ex-Harmonix peoples who previously worked on Rock Band, Dance Central and Amplitude) describe Thumper:
Thumper strips rhythm gaming down to its core. Classic rhythm-action is combined with breakneck speed and brutal physicality. With one analog stick and one button, you control a space beetle hurtling through stunning and treacherous worlds.
The basic move set of thumping, sliding, and turning is easy to learn. But as you careen forward, you’ll need to master new moves and survive adrenalizing boss encounters. To reach synesthetic bliss, you must face rhythm hell.
So it’s kiiiiiind of like a mege-aggressive Audiosurf. The game’s due out this year for PC and PS4.