One of the best games of last year is coming to the Nintendo Switch, the all-encompassing “rhythm violence” game Thumper. Thumper was best experienced in the confines of Playstation VR (that virtual reality headset that Sony already forgot existed). But a more portable version I can see doing nicely, an on-the-go way to chase high scores for its many levels. Developers Drool announced the port earlier today on Twitter, noting its very-soon eShop release of May 18th.
Thumper pins the player as a lone beetle, racing along a set track to eventually get to the hell-boss that awaits at the end. There are no melodies in Thumper. No tunes to hum along to. Thumper is the type of rhythm game that you feel in your bones, as precision is necessary to glide across surprise turns and avoid the crisp obstacles that cling in your path. As the game progresses and the level numbers get higher, as does the time signature. At the beginning of the game, the time signatures are warm and familiar. By the end they’re cacophonous and intense, inevitably being difficult to follow.
For the Nintendo Switch release, as the other versions got a VR perk, the new port is outfitted with HD Rumble. Drool offhandedly labeled the updated technology as “Rumble Violence™” on Twitter. Thumper is currently available on PC and Playstation 4 now.