Rhythm games defined by their unique spin. Crypt of the NecroDancer combines tapping to the beat with roguelike elements. Thumper requires your undivided attention as it assaults your senses with speed, light, and sound. Aaero divides your attention between tracing ribbons of light and gunning down enemy ships to the pounding beat of electronic music. It’s a tight, well-crafted experience that will leave you tapping your feet and coming back for more.
I’ve enjoyed music/rhythm games for as long as I can remember: Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, Crypt of the Necrodancer, and so on. When I saw a “rhythm violence” game by the name of Thumper teased a while back, I was immediately interested. I was hooked from its release a few weeks ago until I finished it last night. No matter how you look at it, Thumper isn’t a game to be missed.
Remember the rhythm/music game craze? I’m sure you do — who hasn’t played Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band? Well, I have a confession to make. Before those were huge, I was a DDR kid. As in Dance Dance Revolution. Pounding my feet on the metal four-arrowed pad to the beat, either in the mall or at home, for a long time. There was a period where I would go to the mall every Friday after school with a group of friends, toss our backpacks behind the counter in the arcade, and we’d just play for hours. I actually reminisced about the PC game Stepmania just earlier today with a coworker. In any event, rhythm games were my jam, pun intended, for a while.
It’s no surprise, then, that a mashup of the roguelike and rhythm genres caught my eye. I added Crypt of the NecroDancer to my Steam wishlist years ago but never got along to playing it. Thanks to the recent PS4 release, I finally have. And damn did I have a fun time doing it.