Percentile Rank

Thumper is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 52 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

88%

Critics Recommend

Based on 52 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Oct 21, 2016

Great art and a distinct approach to rhythm action makes this a brilliantly horrible twitch experience.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 11, 2016

THUMPER is the videogame you should play today.

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Scored Reviews

Paste Magazine
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2016

Pac-Man, Dark Souls, the best Metroids and Marios and Zeldas—the true classics, the cornerstones of the medium that have made an indelible impact on how we play and think about games. Thumper is right up there alongside them. It is an essentially perfect realization of its own unique goals and concerns, and a game we’ll be playing and celebrating for decades, even if it leaves us afraid and confused.

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Marooners' Rock
9.6 / 10.0
9.6 / 10.0
May 24, 2017

Not much has changed with Thumper in the jump from 2016 to 2017, but the little changes as well as accessibility options makes it so much more enjoyable. This is one of the must have titles if you care about music at all for the Switch.

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ThisGenGaming
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2016

Out of the entire PlayStation VR launch lineup I’d have to say Thumper is one of the must plays. It’s certainly one of the best music rhythm games I’ve played in years and the best “rhythm violence” game. Playing in PlayStation VR is the best way to experience this game as the sense of speed and being in that visual showcase surrounded by thumping audio is made all the better by it. The fact that it offers plenty of challenge to incentivize return runs is one of the best parts about it and I know I’ll be playing it to improve my scores for quite some time.

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Marooners' Rock
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2016

Thumper is a great game that is unique and difficult. Of course it is a specialty game, since rhythm isn’t a lot of people’s “thing,” but for what it is, it does it well. It is a game of pure rhythm that made me bob my head and try, try again.

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IGN Italy
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2016

Thumper is far more than a simple, stunning rhythm game: it's an astonishing vertigo at crazy speed that messes up with your brain in a kaleidoscope of psychedelic colors and industrial tunes, an unforgettable trip into a sinister and mesmerizing dimension that thanks to PlayStation VR becomes real. Simply put, an instant classic.

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GameCynic
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2016

Thumper packs a punch, taking you on an audiovisual trip and demanding absolute focus. It's a fun, adrenaline pumping journey, though its extremely high difficulty isn't for everyone. If you don't mind failing repeatedly, you'll find an exciting and satisfying rhythm racer in Thumper.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 13, 2016

The best new rhythm action game for years, with a perfect blend of gameplay, music, and a frighteningly oppressive atmosphere.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2016

You’ll spend ages playing through the different levels and adore every single step. The music is great, the visuals are better and everything comes together perfectly.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2016

Thumper’s brutal, breakneck speed and precision-based musical action kept me entranced for all nine of its bizarre, nightmarish stages, which contained enough nuanced high score-chasing tricks to demand several replays already. To really master Thumper’s many layers of rhythm-based mechanisms would take much more time than the 10 or so hours it takes to complete the first time – and that’s a challenge that I eagerly accept.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 11, 2016

By the end of Thumper, the speed is insane, the music wild and oppressive, and the feeling of just barely holding on to a beast that wants to send you flying so it can gnaw your bones is disturbingly strong.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 5, 2016

Thumper's unrelenting speed and menacing percussion are overwhelming, seeping into your subconscious in the best way possible.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 15, 2016

Thumper makes an incredible case for the future of virtual reality. With an incredible level of quality paired with a reasonable price of admission, this should absolutely be one of the first titles that anyone interested in making the most out of their new PlayStation VR headset buys. With blistering speed and intensity to go along some easy to learn, difficult to master gameplay mechanics, the future of rhythm games – and, by extension, virtual reality – is bright.

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High-Def Digest
Oct 17, 2016

'Thumper's unique brand of "rhythm violence" should be experienced by every fan of rhythm games. It's an audiovisual delight that has been paired with challenging gameplay, and it creates such a captivating experience. While I definitely think it's a better game when played on PlayStation VR, regular PS4 owners will still find a stellar game here. Just one that is slightly more difficult and not quite as engrossing.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2016

Thumper is one of my favorite games this year, simple yet challenging, visually stimulating, and excellent sound use. Easy to play, hard to master is the familiar phrase that comes to mind. VR only adds to the experience, but even without that added element, the game shines

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 24, 2016

If you’re a fan of rhythm action games, Thumper is amongst the most intense, pure, and singular experiences within the genre, and its release for the PSVR should make it utterly essential for anyone that owns Sony’s headset.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Nov 23, 2016

Thumper is a right hook out of nowhere. It’s the right combination of speed, bizarre visuals, music, and difficulty that makes you want to replay it after the credits roll. The single button and stick controls also makes it eminently accessible to everyone, but difficult to master. Come for the bizarre visuals, stay for the even more bizarre bosses.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 18, 2017

Thumper is a fantastic video game, an extravagant rhythm experience that's also a brutal assault on the senses. It's extremely difficult, painfully so at times, yet we feel the need to persevere, retrying tough stages over and over again. Even when that's done the drive for better ranks remains, simply because the game compels us to play on.The level of challenge, though, shouldn't be underestimated - even for strong players short sessions may become necessary in the latter third of the game, in particular. The only real flaw of Thumper, in actual fact, is that it offers so little respite and no 'easy' mode for players. Some may scoff at that, saying it's a game designed to be tough, but the downside is that without that optional concession the game will be inaccessible and impenetrable for some players.That's a pity, as for those up for the challenge it's a wonderful - albeit gruelling - gaming experience.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
May 31, 2017

Thumper is a terrifyingly difficult game, but don't let that deter you from experiencing its rhythm violence firsthand. The Switch port takes advantage of the system's features quite well, and its speedy performance and killer sound design will rock your world.

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Geeks Under Grace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2017

Thumper is one of the more artistic video games I have ever played, it puts a spin on a genre in such a way that no one else has. It may be challenging, but it begs to be conquered. One of the best video games you can buy on your Switch at the moment, especially with a great pair of headphones.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2016

It's a great game overall. It doesn't pull any punches, and is relentless in its 'rhythm violence' and that makes it one of the most satisfying games out there. Now to try and S rank these songs.

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TheXboxHub
Aug 26, 2017

To conclude, I have loved my time with Thumper and will carry on loving this mad, mental, skill based music mayhem of a game. There are moments when you might feel it all gets too much and too similar, but take a break before going back and you’ve fall in love with it once again.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Aug 21, 2017

Thumper is the most hellish and intense rhythm-action game you or I will ever play. While it's Xbox One port may lack some features available on other platforms—such as VR and portability—Thumper is still a fantastic and frightening game that's drenched in atmosphere and polished to the absolute max.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 19, 2017

Best in class, Thumper is an atmospheric and compelling addition to the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch, whose hellish drumbeat will pound in your memory for a long while. It’s that fearlessness to stand apart from what has long been expected in the genre that sees Drool succeed where others have faltered, and it won’t require spending too much time with the game for you to recognise why.

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ZEFGame.ru
9 / 10.0
ZEFGame.ru
Frostengine
9 / 10.0
May 20, 2017

Thumper is the best rhythm game I had a chance to play, great graphics, designer style, excellent optimization, wonderful music, all in the right combination causes a storm of positive emotions, a special thank you to the developers for working with advanced functions Nintendo Switch.

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SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 25, 2016

Thumper is a thriving rhythm game that includes an incredible VR mode. That's not to say the game isn't worth it if you have no interest in virtual reality, but indie developer Drool takes the game to new heights when you find yourself enveloped in the game's 3D space. Even being mediocre when it goes to playing on the leaderboards, I keep going back to Thumper every night for just one more run.

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bemanistyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2016

Thumper's difficulty continues to put a knife up to me and my 'X' button. The game thrives in it's mesmerizing atmosphere, soundtrack and difficulty, which is really all you need.

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Gamers Classified
Aug 9, 2017

Frightening, immediate and exhilarating, Thumper does well to immediately set itself apart as a rhythm game.

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Gamerheadquarters
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2016

Thumper is an absolute blast providing a nightmarish world filled with a desire for speed and brutal music based obstacles to maneuver through.

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Digital Chumps
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2016

Thumper wraps a trip through spectral hell, the sensation of travelling down an interminable barrel of a gun, and a pounding rhythm game into an articulate package. It condenses to a sensory rampage that feels as concerned with survival as it is as consumed by perfection. Hitting notes on highway isn't a new concept, but performing it under the threat of phantasmal horror, and somehow empowering progress, positions Thumper as a modern apex.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2016

Simply put, Thumper is electrifying, and very, very close to being the perfect harmony of inspired visuals and fist-pumping audio. It’s ability to dazzle and awe with its wondrous visuals is matched only by its ability to hook you in for a relentless, downright intoxicating ride. Once you’re strapped in and speeding down that serpentine track, the biggest obstacle you’ll face isn’t the literal hurdles lying in wait — it’s putting down the controller.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 18, 2017

If you like its aesthetics, its pounding beats, and a stiff challenge, there's really nothing holding me back from recommending it whole-heartedly.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2017

On the outside, Thumper looks bizarre with its strange design and nightmarish visuals. But don't let that fool you, Thumper has it where it counts.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2016

Breakneck speeds, industrial music, and a shiny metallic beetle in a cybernetic reality come together to make one of the most original and difficult rhythm games in years.

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IGN Spain
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2016

A nice surprise for those who have or have not PS VR. A game as easy to play as deep and extremely addictive.

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PC Gamer
82 / 100
82 / 100
Oct 13, 2016

A total assault on your ears, eyes and reflexes. Thumper will beat you up, but you’ll enjoy it.

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Kill Screen
81 / 100
81 / 100
Oct 13, 2016

Thumper is a remarkably physical experience despite the fact that you control it with such modest thumb gestures.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2016

I'd still recommend Thumper, though. Readily. But I would also advise not to get too wrapped up in fully finishing it. This road is long and winding and brutal. It might just drive you mad.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 27, 2016

Thumper is a very good rhythm game, if obscenely difficult, and that should make it appeal to any fans of the genre. But it’s a lot more than that, too; it’s an experience unlike any other, one that pushes the bounds of pure audiovisual immersion even with its standard 2D display – to say nothing of its VR capabilities – and that makes it something that I think everyone should at least try.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jan 1, 2017

A glorious assault on the senses

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Game Revolution
May 18, 2017

Everything that originally made Thumper a fantastic game is still here to be found in the Switch version. It's incredibly fun and this time around can be played for both short bursts and long car rides. It's a fantastic addition to the Switch's growing library.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 18, 2017

By the end of Thumper, the speed is insane, the music wild and oppressive, and the feeling of just barely holding on to a beast that wants to send you flying so it can gnaw your bones is disturbingly strong.

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VGN
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 18, 2017

No matter which version of Thumper you will play, you're definitely gonna love it. The first game from Drool offers the classic "easy to learn, difficult to master" gameplay, which feels even better on Nintendo Switch. On the new Nintendo console, the game offers the chance to move between the great TV mode and the awesome Handheld mode in a blink, while the HD Rumble on both Joy-Cons gives you a great sensation. A must-buy for every Switch owner.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jun 28, 2017

Thumper is a really hard game that stands out compared to other musical projects with unexpected concept and choice of setting. Beautiful and unusual visual design together with extraordinary music draws into the grim world.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

8 / 10
Aug 11, 2017

More than living up to the "rhythm violence" tagline, Thumper leaves a lasting impression. Presenting a distinctive and adaptive score, together with an insane visual style and a difficulty level that rarely shows mercy, Thumper is a very effective showcase for the hardware abilities of the Switch, and a highly engaging experience on its own merits.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 27, 2016

Blisteringly fast and relentlessly unforgiving, Thumper will keep you engaged for hours.

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New Game Network
74 / 100
74 / 100
Oct 30, 2016

Thumper is a well designed game that's more focused on challenging the players than providing a musical experience. If you're wanting to test your pure reaction times, look no further.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 27, 2017

Thumper is a fun and intuitive game based on rhythm that will demand close attention to the sound effects if the players are to make advances in the game's levels. Overall, Thumper needs its players to time their moves just right in order to fulfill with what it expects and those who won't appreciate its audiovisual and gameplay components will not be seduced by this game.

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Tiny Spaceship
May 25, 2017

Thumper makes a huge initial impression, and is a great effort for the two man team of Drool; they obviously put a lot of love and thought into creating a unique and evocative experience. Unfortunately, the lack of distinct game play and musical score may turn off all but the most devoted completionists and challenge seekers.

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Game Informer
5.8 / 10.0
5.8 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2016

Steer a metallic beetle down a fast-moving track, avoiding obstacles and collecting doodads along the way

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TechRaptor
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

Thumper looks great and has some interesting ideas, but it's bogged down by strange decisions, obstacles that blend in with the environment, and a soundtrack that doesn't have much to do with the on-screen action.

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