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

Critic Reviews

Recommended
Oct 21, 2016

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

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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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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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Metro GameCentral
Top Critic
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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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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GameSpot
Top Critic
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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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Everything that originally made Thumper a fantastic game is still here to be found in the Switch version.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Unscored
Oct 11, 2016

THUMPER is the videogame you should play today.

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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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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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ZTGD
Top Critic
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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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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GameMAG
ACE
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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Justin Celani
Top Critic
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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