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Thumper is a gorgeous, terrifying new rhythm game from ex-Rock Band developers

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Thumper is a game that snuck up on me. Over five years in the making, it's the debut title from Drool, a two-man indie team comprised of Marc Flury, an ex-Harmonix programmer living in Seoul, South Korea; and Brian Gibson, an artist at Harmonix who you may know as one half of the noise rock duo Lightning Bolt. Nominated for Excellence in Audio at the 2015 Independent Games Festival, Thumper exists somewhere between Audiosurf and F-Zero, except terrifying. It's simultaneously one of the prettiest and most nerve-racking, sweat-inducing games I've ever played — rhythm or otherwise.

Above, you'll see Thumper's gameplay debut — footage from our hands-on time with the game at GDC 2015. Drool says the game "will be released when it's finished on whatever platforms make sense," but in the meantime, Thumper will be playable at both GDC's IGF Summit in San Francisco this week and at PAX East's Indie Megabooth in Boston over the weekend.

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