Rhythmic Violence: THUMPER

Rhythm action games are often beautifully abstract, and occasionally weird and cute, but they’re rarely terrifying. THUMPER [official site] is rhythmic intimidation. Rhythmic violence, according to the latest trailer, which you can see below. Created by two rhythm game veterans, it’s a game about a space beetle punching audio while zillapedes haunt the void and an “insane giant head from the future” eats, coughs and collapses music. It’s Wipeout via Richard D James and nineties Trent Reznor. Ibiza planted directly above the drowned, dreaming corpse-city R’lyeh.

The website says that THUMPER will be coming to “whatever platforms make sense”. The PC always makes sense and the game has been appearing at the sort of hip hangouts that PCs and their players are naturally drawn to. I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t make its way onto my computer at some point.

And I’ll be very happy indeed. Music may be math from time to time but it can also be sinister, spooky and dangerous.


  1. spelunker says:

    I’m left utterly perplexed from that trailer about how the game actually plays.

    Also, I feel like a need an aspirin after all those flashing lights and pounding bass. Thank god I don’t suffer from migraines…

    • RARARA says:

      “I’m left utterly perplexed from that trailer about how the game actually plays.”

      I think this previous trailer is a bit more indicative on how it plays…

    • Xzi says:

      “Also, I feel like a need an aspirin after all those flashing lights and pounding bass.”

      Somebody get this guy his easy chair and put on his soaps. The nurses will be along later to give him his giant cup full of pills.

  2. Craig Stern says:

    Oh wow–striking visuals, and the sense of speed in those trailers is palpable. This very much sounds like something I would like to play!

  3. Da5e says:

    One of the creators plays bass in Lightning Bolt – check out the album Wonderful rainbow, it’s proper excellent.

    • Tinotoin says:

      This fact makes me even more interested than I already was – thanks!

    • jonbro says:

      yeah! they got a new album coming out soon too. also, he (used to|still?) work at harmonix as an artist, so he’s got music game history.

    • Kurremkarmerruk says:

      woah! that’s amazing! I am so pumped for this!

      The demon head at 0:40 was really terrifying too!

  4. svge says:

    One of the best trailers I’ve ever seen. Reminds me of “Enter the Void”.

    • Cerzi says:

      First thing that came to mind also – think that it’s undeniably inspired by the aesthetic of that film.

  5. Zallgrin says:

    I’m in love.

  6. RARARA says:

    I wish it would have a level like this:

  7. Cerzi says:

    Please let this work on the DK2, plisplisplis

  8. Faxanadu says:

    After 5 seconds I was just thinking “okay needs Oculus Rift support”…

  9. Monggerel says:

    Reminds me of my commute,

  10. Eukatheude says:

    You forgot to mention that developer Brian Gibson the bassist from Lightning Bolt!

  11. Shadowcat says:

    OMG that’s pretty.

    I really hope the developers concur that DRM-free platforms make sense.