Developer: Big Blue Bubble
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.3

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

There was a lot of love that went into the making of Thumpies, and it may just be the strangest rhythm game I’ve ever played.

Thumpies is, as previously stated, a rhythm game that has you tapping on bongo drums as your “thumpies” bounce on them. The thumpies are little round fur-balls with faces that bounce to specific beats, often coming in groups of two or three to make your life more difficult. The goal of each level is to tap the thumpies until you fill the “thump-o-meter,” which is basically a level completion gauge at the top of the screen.

Each stage is made up of a certain amount of levels, depending on the difficulty that you are playing the level on. Like any good beat maker, Thumpies blends the beats from level to level to create an entire beat generated song. As the songs become more complex, the game throws more thumpies at you, making you frantically try to pick up the beat of the thumpies so you can win the level. In the meantime, you have to collect these little wondering butterflies to unlock new thumpies, which is how you get more levels.

There’s no real way to lose, but the game really boils down to tapping on the butterflies before they fly into the bouncing mouths of the thumpies. Trying to juggle the beats of the many thumpies while collecting all of the butterflies definitely gets challenging the further you get into the game.

Unfortunately the game does end though, and the ending comes rather quickly. The best games on the iPhone can keep you coming back for weeks at a time, but Thumpies only grabbed me for a couple hours before I had the game beat.

If you are a fan of rhythm games and find yourself liking scary looking fur-balls, then Thumpies is the game for you. The graphics, sound, and gameplay are all great, but it could definitely use more levels to make the game more of a keeper.

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