August, 2013

Press/Business Contact




Drool is a two person team of Brian Gibson and Marc Flury.


Brian Gibson (co-founder) is a musician and artist living in Providence, Rhode Island. He is best known as the bassist for the band Lightning Bolt. He made the art and music in Thumper and co-designed the game. He also enjoys making artwork about a polite and well mannered dog named Barkley.

Marc Flury (co-founder) is a programmer and designer.  He created Drool's engine and co-designed Thumper. He’s co-organizer of the Seoul Indies meetup.  He also reports as a foreign correspondent on Chicago’s best radio show, This Is Hell.





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Marc Flury


JUNE 2016

Thumper is Best Music/Rhythm Game of E3 - Game Informer

Thumper nominated for Best PS4 Game and Best VR Experience of E3 - IGN

Thumper among most promising of E3 - The A.V. Club

Thumper among 20 most impressive games of E3 - Tech Insider

Thumper among 10 Greatest Things from Sony's E3 Presser - The Stoned Gamer

"Unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before" - PlayStation Insider

"Your New Favorite Rhythm Violence Game" - mxdwn

5 indie music games that made us feel the rhythm at E3 - Mashable

"Enough to make me a believer of the Playstation VR experience" - Gaming Nexus

Interview with Brian from PAX East - MixedUpZombies

Thumper among 10 Indies to look out for at E3 - PlayStation Life Style

Thumper expected to be at E3 - Tech Insider

MAY 2016

Marc chats Thumper's origins and a childhood spent gaming - Checkpoints

PAX East Impressions - Marooner's Rock

Thumper is so brutal und sooo gut ist -

APRIL 2016

Thumper Might be PlayStation VR's Killer App - IGN

Thumper in VR is scary and entrancing - Destructoid

Hidden Gems of PAX East - EGM

Interview with Brian and Marc from PAX East - GameEnthus

More PSVR reax from PAX East - Hardcore Gamer... PlayStation LifeStyle... iDigitalTimes... BostonInno... SideQuesting... Blogcritics... theSebie... Disconnected Gamers... Wikia... Bemani Style... Gamerheadquarters... INN... Push Square... G Style Mag...

Interview with Marc [Chinese] - AVGChannel

MARCH 2016

PSVR demo reax from GDC - Wired... The Verge... New York Times... Kill Screen... Polygon... Mogura VR... Bit Cultures...

GDC Interview about Thumper and VR... Gamereactor UK

New Trailer + PS VR! PlayStation Blog... ZAM... Punk and Lizard... Rock, Paper, Shotgun... Destructoid... Twinfinite... PC Gamer... Nivel Oculto... Gioca Giue... MegaGames... GameReactor UK... VR Focus... Gematsu... Hardcore Gamer... Niche Gamer... PCGamesN...


Interview with Marc - For Starters

Thumper Among 50 Best Upcoming Indie Games of 2016 - Indieformer

Thumper interview with Marc - Unwinnable

Thumper a Game to Watch in 2016 (Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, IGN, Polygon, Vice, NextPowerUp, derStandard)


Thumper at PlayStation Experience - Amplitude Online

You Don't Need Psychedelics, Just Play Thumper Instead - Game Revolution

Thumper is Poised to be the Next Rez - GamesRadar

"Badass and Beautiful" - Only Single Player

Thumper at Slamdance DIG - Things to do in LA


In-depth Thumper preview from IGF China (Chinese) - Gamecores

Thumper preview and interview with Marc - Indie Haven

Thumper on The Crate and Crowbar podcast

Thumper wins Best Technology at IGF China - Haogamers


"The Best Games I Saw at IndieCade" - Kotaku

Thumper interview with Marc - Punk and Lizard

Coverage of Thumper Bit Bash trailer experience - Playboy

Thumper at ArtCade in NYC - Cool Hunting


EGX Indie Highlights - VGChartz

"Achingly Cool" Thumper among Best of EGX - Eurogamer

Thumper Q&A from TGS - (and Gamasutra)

Thumper preview from EGX - TechRaptor

Thumper preview from TGS (Japanese) - 4Gamer

Thumper hands-on preview at TGS - Kaiju Pop

Marc interviewed at TGS (starts around 43 minute mark) - Kaiju Pop

Thumper nominated for the TGS Indie Prize by 4Gamer, Dengeki PlayStation, and Famitsu (Japanese)

TGS Indie Area coverage and Thumper interview (Japanese) - Dengeki PlayStation

Thumper chatter on 8-4 Podcast (starts around 139 minute mark) - 8-4

Thumper wins three awards at Indie Stream Fes! (Japanese) - Famitsu (and GAME Watch)

Thumper is a finalist for the IndieStream Fes Awards (Japanese) - Famitsu

Thumper is an IGF China Finalist (Chinese)

Thumper wins Best Audio at Boston Festival of Independent Games - The Boston Globe

Summary of Marc's Talk on Indie Marketing (Korean) - KH Games

Thumper Preview and Marc's Marketing Talk from BIC Festival (Korean) - Hungry App

JULY 2015

Interview with Marc on Thumper development - Gosu-Tech

BitSummit 2015 Award Winners - Indie Games Blog

Thumper impressions from Brazil Independent Games Fest - Indie Game Magazine

Thumper among the most promising independent games - PC Gamer

Thumper mentioned in article on games and pop music - The New Yorker

June 2015

Thumper wins Runner-Up for Best of the MIX E3 2015 - Media Indie Exchange

Thumper among the "winners" of E3 (Portuguese) - Observador

The 10 Best Videogames We Played at E3 - Paste Magazine

"Between the awe-inspiring visuals and the crushing soundtrack, Thumper is the rhythm game we're looking forward to" - FACT Magazine

Thumper Bringing Rhythm Violence to PS4 - Official PlayStation Blog

"Thumper looks like quite something" - Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Thumper's rhythm violence is strange and unsettling - Destructoid

Thumper bringing its beautiful 'rhythm violence' to PlayStation 4 - Polygon

Drool's Thumper Introduces Us To Psychedelic 'Rhythm Violence' In 2016 - Game Informer

Hardcore Gamer... PlayStation Life Style... Shacknews... Push Square... Gematsu... PSX Extreme... Gaming Nexus... VC Post... Niche Gamer... PC Gaming Forum... GamesRadar... Technoklip Games... Pitchfork... Joyspix... Greekgamer... Rubber Chicken... The Wire... Silconera... IGN Italia...

MAY 2015

20 indie games to watch - Ars Technica

Thumper wins Best Audio at Tokyo Indie Fest - Famitsu

Six cool games from the first Tokyo Indie Fest - Games in Asia

GameCast...  Belio Magazine... Game*Spark... Public Rhythm...

APRIL 2015

Thumper Is A Bass-Heavy Game Of Space Beetles And “Rhythm Violence” - Siliconera

Gorgeous Game of the Week: Thumper - GamingPCForum

Endless Thumper GIFs - Screenshot Daily

Interview and Gameplay from Thumper's IGF Booth - AREA 5's CO-OP

Lightning Bolt's bassist is making a 'rhythm violence' game - Boing Boing

"Already comes together as a cohesive whole with precise, airtight controls, crushing difficulty, and an equally... ...unforgiving soundtrack" - Kill Screen

Lightning Bolt’s Bassist Is Making an Amazing-Looking ‘Rhythm Violence’ Game - VICE

MARCH 2015

"A particularly unique experience that I haven’t found in any other rhythm games" - Original Sound Version

"It feels weird and wrong in all the right ways" - Hardcore Gamer

Thumper among "Awesome Indies at PAX East" - GameTrailers

Thumper made people at the Experimental Gameplay Workshop feel weird! - Rock, Paper, Shotgun

"Thumper Is A Dark, Violent Acid Trip (And I Want More)" - Game Revolution

"One of the prettiest and most nerve-wracking, sweat-inducing games I've ever played" - Polygon

Interview with Marc about Thumper (Korean) - THIS IS GAME

Hardcore Gamer... Irmãos Piologo... Gamezebo... Indius... AnaitGames...


"Thumper... will make people realize that this genre can actually feature real diversity" - Creepy Gaming

Révélation IndieCade 2015 : Thumper, vitesse lumière - Joypad

Thumper Preview  - For Gamers; By Gamers

"Topi mózg" -


Thumper Preview - Game*Spark

"There's something primal and terrifying about Thumper's pulsating bass beats." - PC Gamer

"THUMPER is rhythmic intimidation" - Rock, Paper, Shotgun

"If this is what a 'rhythm violence' game looks like, I'm all about them" - Destructoid

Footage from Live Thumper Preview at Babycastles - Sex Magazine

Thumper is part of GDC's Experimental Gameplay Workshop - Gamasutra

Thumper mentioned in Lightning Bolt interview - Rolling Stone

Niche Gamer...

January 2015

Road to the IGF Audio Interview - Gamasutra

Thumper/IGF Finalists – Famitsu

Thumper is an IGF Finalist for Excellence in Audio – Independent Games Festival

Best PC Games of 2015 – PC Gamer

Best PC Games of 2015 – Rock, Paper, Shotgun

December 2014

101 Indies for 2015 – Nivel Oculto

November 2014

"Find a safe environment and a friend you can trust, because this is one bad trip" - Dead End Thrills

April 2014

“… un ciclone psichedelico allucinante.” –

March 2014

Coverage of Thumper BitSummit Demo in Game*Spark (Japanese)

February 2014

Quotes on Thumper in a Kill Screen article about music gaming

“… la légende du scarabée de l’espace” – Sprites

“…que ya les aseguro que le va a gustar” – Nivel Oculto

January 2014

“… it’s no surprise that Thumper‘s soundtrack proved excellent enough to warrant a vote… for a Best in Audio nomination.” – 16th Annual Independent Games Festival

“THUMPER is fast, rhythmic and unlike any other racing game out there.” – IndieStatik

“…it looks heart-poundingly exhilarating to a tune so rad that it might make me vomit.” – The Guardian

“…an intensely eye-catching piece of software.” –

“Racing games are rarely as dark or psychedelic as this rhythm action game” – PC Gamer… CD-Action…… SvD…

November 2013

“…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.” – Indie Statik

“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


“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……………… Alfa Beat Juega… Tribo Gamer…

September 2013

The ZILLAPEDE featured in Sex Magazine’s Sex Life

August 2013

Italian blog Gioca Giuè asks the question on everyone’s mind: COSA E’ THUMPER ?!?!?

APRIL 2010

Brian Gibson: A Total Change in Lifestyle - Motherboard


November 5th, 2013: DROOL Releases THUMPER Debut Trailer (pdf)