Thumper: Pocket Edition+ crashes into Apple Arcade soon

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What you need to know

  • Thumper: Pocket Edition+ will land on Apple Arcade soon.
  • The fast-paced rhythm game will be playable on iPhone and iPad.

Thumper: Pocket Edition+ is coming to Apple Arcade soon, Apple has announced. While no date has been given for its arrival on the game subscription service, we can likely expect it to arrive before the end of the month based on previous timescales.

The new game is an Apple Arcade version of the existing Thumper: Pocket Edition and will be available for free to all Apple Arcade subscribers. Gamers will not have any ads or in-app purchases to deal with, either.

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Thumper: Pocket Edition is a blistering rhythm action game where players assume the role of a space beetle, braving the void and confronting a maniacal giant head. Master new moves and survive terrifying boss battles as players hurtle forward through nine epic levels. Propelled by a pounding original soundtrack, players will feel every crushing impact

Anyone keen to make sure they get into the game as soon as possible can pre-register their download from the App Store now. It'll be playable on iPhone and iPad once it's made available.

Thumper: Pocket Edition+ is just the latest example of Apple Arcade picking up versions of games that would normally cost a fee in the App Store. Priced at $4.99 per month, the game subscription service is great value – especially as more and more games are being added on a weekly basis right now.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.