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Review: Thumpies

February 26, 2010 , Posted by App-reciation Reviews at 11:03 AM

Category: Games
Big Blue Bubble Inc.
Price: $ 2.99
Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch, OS 3.1 or later
Version: 1.0

What's good: Are you tired of rhythm games that make use of the same old tap tap concept, with little change in visuals and art style? Well, thanks to Big Blue Bubble's truly innovative creative team, a new and very original music game has just thumped onto the AppStore and, we think, easily bests similar apps. Introducing Thumpies, an enchanting and excellentlly conceptualized aural and visual delight that's wrapped in a beautiful and mysterious woodland theme. In this game, you will work with a series of odd-ball characters that are essentially furry little round creatures with slightly creepy faces to make original music right from the palm of your hand. The gameplay mechanic is actually very simple, basically involving tapping at mushroom pads on the screen at the exact moment that a Thumpie falls from the sky to land on one. By doing so, you are sounding out notes that complete part of the track, and as each segment is successfully executed (which is done by filling the meter at the top of the screen), it will loop in the background while you aim to reproduce yet another layer in the soundtrack. As you get further along the game more Thumpies will come and bounce around at a time, each following its own musical pattern that, as we mentioned earlier, contributes to the whole score. Employ your rhythm and coordination skills to hit the notes perfectly each time, all while trying to catch fluttering butterflies that will allow you to unlock more bizzare Thumpie characters to enjoy. With every finished level, you also unlock richer and more complex soundtracks that will take not just one, but two (or even more fingers if you can spare them) to get through. Everything - from the unique and thoroughly challenging gameplay to the somewhat eerie yet magical elements rendered in rich and colorful graphics, to smooth and intuitive controls as well as wonderful sounds that enhance and solidify the feel of the game - ties up together perfectly to make for an engrossing and magical experience perfect for young and old alike. Both casual and hardcore players, too, will find that the three difficulty levels (per stage) make for challenging yet manageable gameplay for all types of gamers. If you want a different kind of music experience, don't look any further than this app - it was definitely built to be admired and enjoyed.

Suggestions for improvement: Online leaderboards would be great to share scores and unlock achievements.
We'd also love to be able to play back the soundtracks we've completed without having to replay the game - the songs are so unique that we feel it is a necessity to add this feature in the next update.

Graphics - 5/5 Creativity - 4.75/5 Gameplay - 5/5 Controls - 5/5
App-reciation - 5/5

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Currently have 1 comments:

  1. Anonymous says:

    played it and love it. Looking forward to a sequel!

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