Publisher: Big Blue Bubble
This game is fun and kind of twisted! I don’t want to spoil the surprise of a full review but I like it. Thumpies is a music based iPhone/iPod Touch game where you must tap drums to the beat of falling Thumpies. Think, Tap Tap Revolution meets Alice in Wonderland on acid (or Tim Burtons’s AiW). I say this game is twisted because of the Thumpies themselves. They are round furry beasts that are all head, no body. And, if that didn’t make them creepy enough the developers at Big Blue Bubble thought it would be fun to give them slightly frightening faces. You can check out all the Thumpies by clicking the door at the bottom of the tree (even the locked ones).
The gameplay is simple. Tap the appropriate drum at the same time the Thumpie lands on it. Keep up the tapping and a musical beat will emerge. If you tap correctly your progress meter will start to fill. You will have to pass three or four levels songs per level to unlock more levels. During gameplay you can also keep a look out and tap butterflies to unlock more Thumpies.
The graphics are among the best I have ever seen for an iDevice game. The backgrounds and transition screens are great. The Thumpies, drums, and butterflies are very high quality considering they are the moving graphics in the game. I can point out enough how good the graphics are in this game.
The audio is a large part of the game play, considering you are tapping on drums. You can play without the music, but really, what’s the point? The music is fun, catchy, and sometimes just at creepy as the Thumpies themselves. As a creepy audio bonus, the sound FX that plays while tapping through the menus is great.
This is a fun game; however, it’s not going to be worth $2.99 to everyone. But, if you like music based rhythm games then you should really look into Thumpies. There are tons of levels, with each level having three difficulties, so there is a lot of opportunity for a good amount of gameplay.
Overall Value: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Graphics: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
Sound: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Controls: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars