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Thumper

5 months ago

Feature: Shoot the real me!

We asked a lot of people: what would you do to a clone of yourself?

Over the past several weeks I have sent a lot of interesting people who work in the games industry an email containing the following scenario: "You enter a room. The door locks behind you. From a door opposite another you enters. This other you is a perfectly identical clone, created in the exact instant you entered the room, but as every second ticks by they…

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6 months ago

The Itch.io summer sale includes Thumper and The Signal From Tölva for cheaps

Games. You want them, Itch.io sells them, and to facilitate that process it's put 606 of the things on sale. I like that they've taken the polar opposite approach to Steam's shenanigans for their own summer sale, and surrounded the discounts with absolutely zero guff. I know some people buy into the badges and whatnot, but after years of Valve's bombarding me with cutesy treehouse…

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1 year ago

2 years ago

Thumper thumping thumpees right in the eyes with VR

If you own a pair of cybergoggles and plan to jack your family into cyberspace this holiday season for giggles, plus do thump Thumper [official site] right in their eyes. The excellent musical hellride, which our Alec described as "knives in my skull" and which made John physically anxious, has now added support for Rift and Vive goggs, y'see. Please do share your videos of…

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Feature: Play the pattern

How turns make Thumper feel physical

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Thumper [official site]. “When people say they’re injuring their thumbs it’s too bad, but it’s kind of the best compliment you can ever get,” says Thumper’s co-designer and artist, Brian Gibson. “It means their nervous system is on fire when they’re playing.” Thumper is a game…

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Feature: How its unique look was developed

State of the Art: Thumper’s Bio-Metal Art And Insects

Rhythm action beetle adventure-coaster Thumper [official site] is one of those elegant games with great core mechanics. I think a lot of people have been commenting on how it's made them feel or on the slickness of the interactions, but I wanted to zero in on the look of the game. It's this pared down bio-metallic thing, somewhere between a heavy metal album cover and…

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Feature: Antisurf

THUMPER review

THUMPER is knives in my skull. THUMPER is fire in my veins. THUMPER is the driving beat that has no beat, inhuman rhythm, a bug-eyed dance that starts in the shoulders, moves to the jaw, ends in a chin thrust mechanically forward with murderous intent. THUMPER is a descent into Hell that transforms into liberation. THUMPER is/is not a music game. THUMPER is the videogame…

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Feature: A diesel to die for

The Flare Path: Thumping Great Thumper Fan

Newly released German coach sim Fernbus Simulator has spent the week hiding my car keys, flicking rubber bands in my direction, and thumbing through my favourite books with jammy fingers. Exasperated by its anti-social antics I've put it aside until TML improve controller configuration facilities and patch away the most infuriating bugs and performance issues. Instead of a Fernbus impressions piece radiating frustration, today in…

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THUMPER THUMPING THUMPTOBER THUMPTEENTH

You have to understand: I'm not supposed to be here. Something went wrong and I ended up in this dimension, one where we live on land not in water and our FPSs don't roar like Devil Daggers and our rhythm games don't rock faces like Thumper [official site]. This world is not right. But I am delighted that Devil Daggers slipped through a crack in…

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3 years ago

THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMPER

2016 is the year we eagerly sacrifice our ears to Devil Daggers and Thumper [official site]. They have earned them. We will be lucky to lose our hearing so gloriously. 2017 will be the year we welcome their followers, glad to have more aggressively overwhelming games. 2018 will be the year we smile and nod at their followers' imitators. 2019 will be the year we…

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4 years ago

Rhythm Violence: Thumper Coming To PC In 2016

The "rhythm violence" of the booming, screeching, and gorgeous Thumper [official site] left John and folks around him shaken and unsettled when he saw a demo at GDC. Elsewhere in the room, me and my chums muttered crudities along the lines of "sugar yes!" and "flippin' A!" We're pretty different people, me and John, but we broadly agree that Thumper looks quite something. We've been…

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Feature: Bambi's Dead

How Thumper Made A Lot Of People Very Uncomfortable

A few games stood out at this year's GDC Experimental Gameplay Workshop, and I'll be highlighting them in some individual posts. First dibs must go to the opening game, one of the most peculiar experiences I can remember, Thumper [official site]. Despite appearing like a thinned down Audiosurf, Thumper... well, it was something else.

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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…

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