Trippy imagery and intense rhythm action create a terrifying VR experience I won't soon forget.
Thumper is one of those game that stays in your head long after youíve put it down. Itís a horror game disguised as rhythm action, a high-speed trip through an abstract hell full of imaginative cosmic entities and set to the beat of a sinister orchestral score. Its surprisingly sophisticated one-button control scheme makes it invitingly accessible while still allowing for a ton of tricky, precision-based maneuvers, and itís all executed with intense physical brutality and speed that adds an exhilarating violence to your every action.
Thumper manages to do a lot with very little input, making it both extremely easy to pick up and difficult to master. This is a tempting combination that demands replaying, in part because of how nuanced the rhythm-based gameplay becomes later on. The first level does a fine job introducing you to the most basic mechanics, which lay the groundwork for the gradually intensifying and increasingly interesting layers of obstacles that build up over each of its nine stages.
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