Fan Art

Time to sharpen your pencils, Droolers!  After the release of our debut trailer, we were pleased to find that our game has already inspired some top-notch fan art.  First, Jared from Ohio perfectly captured Thumper’s super-chill personality and understated coolness.

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And this anonymous artist nailed CrakHed’s raging party-animal spirit.
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These are so good, we can’t wait for more.  To submit your fan art, scan and send to drool [at] drool.ws.  Include your name and location.  Remember, Thumper is chill, cool, and loves to take it easy, while CrakHed is always stoked, psyched, and ready to rage.

Soon, we’ll be starting a fan art gallery on this site.  So send us your chillest Thumper and most stoked CrakHed and we’ll post ’em.

Recent Coverage of the Debut Trailer

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“…the demonic/cyberpunk rhythm/racing game of your dreams.” -Kill Screen

“…it already looks gorgeous.” – Wired

“The right reaction to watching [thumper] for the first time is to sit there, eyes wide and mouth open.” – Indiestatic.com

“It’s been too long since a good rhythm game stole my life.” – PCGamesN

“Thumper Has Crazy Beetles for Miles” – Giant Bomb

“Thumper’s fast pace and strange world caught our attention.” – Pocket Gamer

DROOL HANNO APPENA PUBBLICATO UN TEASER CHE VA BEN OLTRE LE NOSTRE PIU’ VERDEE ASPETTATIVE!!!  – Gioca Giuè’s Sunday Links

“Thumper features a sci-fi beetle on a fast track, dodging obstacles provided by the creepy-looking Crakhed.” -Polygon

PC Gamer… Destructoid… Kill Screen Cheat Sheet…

Thanks for helping spread the word everyone.  It’s been great to see all the reactions, comments and feedback.  Soon we’ll be sharing more about the tech, gameplay, graphics, and audio of Thumper.  What are you most interested in hearing about next?  Let us know in the comments.

Z I L L A P E D E

Hey DROOLERS, Brian here. Resident artist at DROOL. Today, as an introduction to THUMPER, I’m going to talk about the menacing and mesmerizing ZILLAPEDE, one of many hate spewing enemies of Thumper you will meet over the course of development.

 

I made this guy gradually over the winter as a test as we developed our ‘object sequencer’. The object sequencer is one of our fundamental tools.  It’s a simple system for creating and manipulating sequential data.  We use it to create most of the art, music, and gameplay in THUMPER. When I made this, clearly I was drinking too much coffee. I was a bit edgy. I also remember I was listening to the Harmonia album Deluxe on a daily basis, a soothing distraction from the terrors unfolding on my laptop. Occasionally I would run into a roadbock with the tool and need Marc (the DROOL programmer) to help out. We went back and forth on the Zillapede for a few weeks.

 

  There was a point early in the project where we both realized that from an art/design perspective, the tools ARE the game. In game development, the tools have an embedded influence over how everything is created and perceived. Using our tool, the ZILLAPEDE was created by repeating (or instancing) a single mesh many times in a connected sequence.
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dont be scared, he’s not real, just an instanced mesh

Unlike most game engines, the DROOL engine has no way to import animation data from the popular 3D animation programs. But that limitation is fine because it forces me to use the object sequencer. I like the challenge of making as much of the art as I can using this tool. It naturally ties everything together to create a universe with a specific and bold look… But seriously, its creeping me out way more than I expected.
"I'm hunting for stoned DROOLERS"

hunting for stoned DROOLERS