Mega Stomp Panic: The First Audio Reality Costume Reviewed

Last week ThinkGeek sent us an unique new device that promised to “change the fabric of audio reality forever”—the Mega Stomp Panic. Simply put, it’s a device that straps to your waist and generates sounds with each step and stomp that you take. In other words, it gives your cosplay it’s own motion-based sound effects. The question is, does it actually work?

Find out in the video after the break.

The nine unique sound profiles are:

  • Hydraulic Giant Robot
  • Rainstorm
  • Zombie Attack
  • Gigantic Monster
  • Gunslinger
  • Medieval Knight
  • Pegleg Pirate
  • 8-Bit Gaming Hero
  • Steampunk Giant Robot

Note: I had the volume set a bit too low in the video. It’s pretty loud when turned up all the way so it will be easy for those around you to hear. Also, I tried to walk normally to make it easier to demonstrate, but it was almost impossible to avoid mimicking the walks that I pictured with the sounds. Of course, that’s the point with cosplay, and with a little practice I was able to act out robot walks and zombie lurches that triggered the sound effects with a high degree of accuracy.

And don’t worry, the unit will still work just fine when worn underneath your costume.

Bottom line is that the Mega Stomp Panic is an awesome costume accessory. I only wish that it offered more sound effects. Still, it’s pretty easy to see how it could be incredibly fun to wear this Halloween.

Product Page ($39.99)

The full press release:

Audio Reality Costume Makes Every Step an Experience

Fairfax, VA — October 11, 2012 @ 10AM EST– ThinkGeek’s (NASDAQ: GNKT) covert product division known as GeekLabs has just launched a product that will change the fabric of audio reality forever: the Mega Stomp Panic.

Designed to be worn by itself or as part of a costume, the Mega Stomp Panic is a first-of-its-kind audio reality costume. By simply attaching the palm-sized device to a belt and turning two dials, wearers can select one of nine different sound profiles that generate unique sounds with every step and stomp.

“The idea is to take costumes beyond just what we see,” said Ty Liotta, Grand High Marshall of the ThinkGeek Costume Parade. “Wearing the Mega Stomp Panic turns your footsteps into an incredible audio experience.”

In “Rainstorm” mode, the Mega Stomp Panic makes every footfall sound like the wearer is walking through puddles, while a stomp sounds like a jump into standing water. Try “8-Bit Gaming Hero” mode to turn your steps into a run through an 8-bit landscape.

The nine unique sound profiles are:

  • Hydraulic Giant Robot
  • Rainstorm
  • Zombie Attack
  • Gigantic Monster
  • Gunslinger
  • Medieval Knight
  • Pegleg Pirate
  • 8-Bit Gaming Hero
  • Steampunk Giant Robot

The Mega Stomp Panic will cost $39.99 and be on display for the first time to the public at New York Comic Con, taking place October 11-14 at the Javits Center. ThinkGeek will be sharing a booth #1851 with Nerdist Industries.

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