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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Powerful VR rhythm game could grow kids' interest in music.

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Cosmic Dread

This game is an experience like no bother game I’ve played. You are a silver beetle hurtling down railway tracks towards a giant triangles a giant skull. There is an element of cosmic horror and could give small children nightmares.

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Woe be to those without a sense of rhythm who attempt this challenging yet fun music game. Though Thumper begins simply enough, with players tasked only to tap a button or press a joystick once every few seconds, it relentlessly accelerates in speed and grows in complexity, eventually forcing players almost to guess what might be coming around the next bend. Put another way, lightning-fast reflexes are mandatory. But players do receive some aid in the form of the game's incredibly powerful, pounding music, which drives far harder than the pop tracks found in most music and rhythm games. When you enter the zone, hitting beat after beat, you may well feel the music pumping through you like blood.

Combine this intense musical experience with Thumper's trippy visuals, which make it seem as though you're hurtling through an alternate dimension composed of nothing but light and speed, and the effect is startling -- especially if played in virtual reality, where the game's psychedelic imagery expands in all directions around you. If Thumper has a weakness, it's simply that it eventually becomes repetitive. The music and visuals increase in intensity but stay the same in tone and type. Still, there's no denying the power of this rhythm experience. Don't be surprised if you're sweating once you remove your VR headset.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Drool
  • Release date: October 11, 2016
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: March 16, 2020

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