I’ve only played it in VR once and I haven’t pumped myself up enough to get back into for a while. Take a journey with me.
When I was a kid, I had night terrors. Two parts, always exactly the same, they would loop like a Möbius strip of fear and dread until I woke up or my parents woke me up because they heard me screaming/crying in my sleep. Visually they’re impossible to describe. Just weird geometry, visual nonsense. The real business is in the emotions. If you’re not familiar with night terrors, in my case, imagine every synapse, every transmitter and receiver, every gland that produces or senses a chemical, all going 200% pumping raw fear, terror, and dread. Pure, unadulterated horror. Like if all those things had all the switches turned to 11.
Thumper is the only thing I’ve experienced that evokes my childhood night terrors to any degree whatsoever. Nothing in my everyday life has ever reminded me of them. It’s something about the motion and scale. The geometry nonsense of Thumper is visually completely different from my terrors, but the scale and motion are similar, and the color pallet (reds in particular) is pretty spot on.
I would not at all be surprised if someone on the dev team has night terror experience, because dang.
With all that in mind, yo, Thumper is rad. Your mileage may vary, but dang.