Back when Thumper launched in October, there was a lot of shock and surprise regarding the fact that the PlayStation 4 version was the only version with actual VR support via the PS VR headset. Even though you could download and play the game on your PC through Steam, that version was unfortunately 2D screens only. Not anymore.
Today, Drool is officially announcing that Thumper is now fully playable on both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headsets through both Steam and Oculus Home.
“Today’s free Steam update adds support for both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift via SteamVR. It includes Oculus SDK support as well. We’ve added basic support for both Oculus Touch and Vive controllers. Thumper is available in the Steam Store.
Today, we’re also releasing Thumper for Rift in the Oculus Store.
Of course, you can still play all nine epic levels (including PLAY+ mode) in both traditional 2D and VR mode.”
When we reviewed Thumper [Review: 9/10] on PS VR, it was clearly one of the platform’s best titles. The combination of pulsating visuals, intense music, and violently rhythmic gameplay all melds together to create one of the most visually satisfying and addictive experiences. You play through the game as a sort of metallic beetle, barreling along a track, that must evade and collide with obstacles in time with the music. It’s hypnotic and the ‘boss’ battles are incredibly satisfying.
This sort of game isn’t what you’d typically think ‘needs’ VR support, but it adds so much intensity that I can’t personally see myself playing it without a headset now. Thumper was also nominated at The Game Awards for ‘Best VR Game’ this year.
You can download and play Thumper on PC via Steam or Oculus Home. The Steam version officially supports HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and OSVR headsets. It’s available for $19.99 in both storefronts. It will be playable in 2D and VR mode on all platforms now as well.