Breath of the Wild aside, Drool LLC’s chaotic ‘rhythm violence’ release Thumper ($4.99) was one of the first experiences that really ‘sold’ me on the Nintendo Switch. Seeing such a vibrant, colorful and complex indie classic make the transition to a handheld device just felt so perfect, and sure enough set a precedent for a deluge of titles to release on the hardware in the months afterwards. Despite this, there was a nagging voice in the back of my head that wondered ‘would this game be even better on iOS’, and as if the developers knew what a fantastic idea this would be, Thumper: Pocket Edition made its debut on the App Store last month. Taking full use of the Super Retina Display and extended real estate on the iPhone X, Thumper was a stunning romp for rhythm fans that went down a treat on our forums, despite some minor control niggles that emerged amongst our community. Thankfully, the developers have listened to feedback from fans, and have today released an update for Thumper that adds a new touch-based lane switch control scheme alongside a number of other welcome improvements.
In the 1.06 version of Thumper, the star feature is undoubtedly the aforementioned touch-based lane switch controls, which should an alternative option with added precision if the previous configurations didn’t sit well with you. Other additions include improved layout and visual quality of the menus and text within the game, better rendering quality for older devices with Apple’s A7 chip (so iPhone 5S and iPad Air users are covered), a moved and configurable pause button, Polish language support, and a number of smaller enhancements that are outlined in Drool’s latest tweet. Considering Thumper already had such a strong, critically-acclaimed base game to build on, these improvements only further support the argument that the iOS port is the best version of the game. At the very least, if you want a slick spectacle to show off your new iPhone, Thumper’s gloriously vibrant aesthetic design and blistering sense of speed are almost unmatched on the App Store. Download the latest 1.06 update for Thumper now, and let us know your impressions on our forum thread.