Punk and Lizard Issue One - Page 12

The Lizard's Net

Bringing Rhythm Violence to PlayStation 4

THUMPER combines classic rhythm-action with breakneck speed and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle screaming towards confrontation with an insane giant head from the future. The game really turned some heads at last month's EGX, so we hooked up with Marc from Drool to give us the latest news on this upcoming 2016 PS4 release.

Can you give us a talk through about THUMPER and what the game is about?

Thumper is a rhythm violence game. You are a high-speed space beetle cruising through a psychedelic landscape. There are many rhythmically arranged obstacles and enemies designed to kill you.

THUMPER received some excellent feedback from the game’s recent showing at EGX in the UK; this must have been exciting to hear?

Definitely! Even though we weren't able to attend EGX and Thumper was shown in a rather nondescript location in the Leftfield Collection, we received lots of positive vibes from players via e-mail and Twitter. It's a great source of motivation as we near the final stretch of Thumper's long development.

Drool has an extensive background in creating music games; can you tell us more about this and how has this shaped creating THUMPER?

Both Brian and I started our game dev careers at Harmonix, a Boston-based developer renowned for its music games. It's a great company and we both learned a lot about the art and craft of game making there. Thumper is a reflection of our taste in games and art. It's not really a response to or reflection of Harmonix' games. More than anything, we want Thumper to be something unique.

Does the band Lightning Bolt (your partner Brian Gibson’s band) supply all the music in the game and has he written tracks especially?

Brian makes all the music for Thumper himself and it's done by him individually, not by Lightning Bolt. I think Thumper and Lightning Bolt share some common artistic threads, but they are separate projects.

How many levels can we expect and how long does each one last?

We're still figuring that out. The main "campaign" will be at least ten levels or so, perhaps more. Each level will probably take 20 to 40 minutes to play through the first time.

How does the game progress gameplay-wise as you beat the first boss, Crakhed?

The first level is almost like a tutorial. It's an introduction to the basic mechanics. As the game progresses, new levels will introduce new mechanics and variation. We want the game to feel like an adventure of rising intensity, challenge, and surprise. You can also expect to see more of Crakhed in the later levels.

Does the game have a Platinum trophy and how difficult is it to win all the trophies?

We haven't started implementing trophies yet so I'm not sure about the difficulty. It's usually best to wait until a game is almost finished and then consider how you can use trophies to incentivize and reward the players who care about them. I don't see any reason not to include a Platinum trophy!