Thumpies [rating: 4/5]
Rhythm games are all the rage these days on all gaming systems from the cross-over hits of Guitar Hero and Rock Band to the iPhone classic Tap Tap Revenge it seems that everyone these days is more than happy to jam along to their favorite tunes in anyway they can. Thumpies takes a slightly different take on the rhythm genre as it combines both the classic tap along to the beat style with a look that comes from the world of Where the Wild Things Are.
You start with access to three unique songs and it’s up to you to build the songs up by tapping along to the rhythm of the song. You do this by tapping the drums, toad-stools and tree trunks and the Thumpies bounce along them. The Thumpies are balls of monstrous craziness and their grinning faces stare out at you as they bounce along to the beats, hitting them as they bounce will fill up your points meter which you will need to advance. If you’re timing is perfect you will electrify your Thumpie and earn double points allowing you to complete each set even quicker.
This is not it though as you can also unlock additional Thumpies to jam along with by collecting butterflies that will randomly flutter across the screen for you to capture. Don’t capture them quickly enough though and you will find that the Thumpies enjoy the taste of butterfly and will snatch them out of mid-air before you can grab them. With enough butterflies caught can unlock them and they will join you in your future tracks.
There are 15 songs in total and while they may not be the hits form famous artists they have have an infectious beat to them that will have you finger and toe tapping along to them within seconds. Each song starts with a simple beat and as you complete each of the levels the new rhythm will be added to the track building into a crescendo of crazy beats. While you may start with just one Thumpie to keep the beat with as you progress through the levels you’ll find yourself needing to keep multiple Thumpies in time and this is where the challenge comes in and adds a nice level of difficulty to the game.
As mentioned earlier the style looks like it was inspired by the monsters from Where The Wild Things Are and the whole game looks great with the juxtaposition of the monsters and the butterflies being pulled off perfectly to create a musical game that will be loved by young and old a like. There are 3 difficulty levels to choose from too making it even more accessible to all skill levels.
There’s no multi-player options in Thumpies and no online scoreboards to track your progression against your peers but while that would be great to see in a future update it shouldn’t prevent you from investing in this little monster of a game. If you are quick you could still pick up Thumpies for a mere 99 cents which would prove a great bargain.
- 15 crazy musical levels
- Unique childish horror style
- Addictive fun
The Not So Good
- No multi-player
- No online scoreboards
Reviewed By: Craig Willis
Released: Feb 17, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 132 MB
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Seller: Big Blue Bubble
© 2010 Big Blue Bubble Inc.