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Hop Skip and Thump -  Steam

Deceptively tricky, turn-based strategy game. You might beat Skip on his own, but are you smart enough to win when the Thump monsters invade?

Available on Steam

The game is available now for Windows and MacOS.   Visit Hop Skip and Thump on Steam.


Thump monsters turn what at first appears to be a simple strategy game into something more challenging. Play as Hop. Jump around and outscore Skip to win.  Dodge Thump monsters chasing you and blocking your moves. Outsmart Skip on an ever-changing board. Charming and relaxing, but deceptively tricky.


This is a game in which you hop around a board collecting points, all the while avoiding the playful Thump creatures chasing you.

There are green, yellow, and red Thump sprites. The green ones wander around the board and occasionally get in your way. Yellow ones actively try to block your jumps. The red ones are the worst. They block you and also touch you, causing you to lose a turn.


Turn-based, Relaxing, Peaceful, Just Enough Challenge, Single Player, Family-friendly




What is the profile of your target user?

What makes Hop Skip and Thump different? 

What is the motivation and inspiration for this game?

I also wanted to design a game that was more than fun. I wanted people to feel moments of joy while playing it. That aspect of the game was inspired by a Ted talk about joy. (See Ingrid Fetell Lee, “Where Joy Hides and Where to Find it”,  Hop Skip and Thump incorporates many of the things that elicit joy. Boards are colorful. Dots explode like fireworks. Confetti flies when you win. 
Some of the feedback on the game suggests that moments of joy are being experienced. (See below.)


"Super charming and relaxing, but deceptively tricky. Lots of hidden strategies and 'gotcha' moments. Very fun!"

"It’s one of those games that seems simple at first but is so polished and well thought through that it’ll keep you very busy for a while."

"Good for long and short play-sessions alike. This is what games should be."

"A delightful game with varied levels and beautiful graphics. A simple concept with low floor, but high ceiling as new challenges are added in the higher levels. I particularly liked level 17, pitting Hop against Skip with no monsters. It seemed too simple but the clever AI made it the toughest level for me."

"Fun to play; quick gratification. Easy to get started and learn as you go."

"Great game - challenging!"

"A clever puzzle-like game with a creative mechanic! Hop Skip and Thump has been quite fun so far, would recommend for anyone looking for a short, clever diversion."


Rapid Preview of Levels 1-40

Original trailer from December 2021

ABOUT THE DEVELOPER is an indie game development company, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. It was started about ten years ago by Bill Lahti. has released the following games for the Android and iPhone market.

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