Pulstar is a fast paced arcade game that brings back the basic of its genre. No nonsense, just kill as long as you can to gain the highest score as possible! This concept gives Pulstar the challenge and high replay value real fans of this genre need!
User reviews: Mixed (96 reviews) - 59% of the 96 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 11, 2014

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Pulstar is a fast paced arcade game that brings back the basic of its genre. No nonsense, just kill as long as you can to gain the highest score as possible! This concept gives Pulstar the challenge and high replay value real fans of this genre need!

Pulstar also has a local co-op multiplayer, which means you can team up with your buddy to dominate the world rankings!

Key features:
- easy to play, hard to master concept
- build up audio and visual experience as you kill more
- activate Pulsetime to slow down the time around you
- local co-op multiplayer
- battle against the world with online leaderboards (single and multiplayer)
- dual analogue control support
- including Steam achievements and Steam gamecards
- available for Windows, Mac and Linux

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.7ghz, or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4600 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller recommended
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows vista or higher
    • Processor: Intel I3 or ADM equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 450 or Radeon 4770 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller recommended
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.7ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4600 or higher
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6 or later
    • Processor: Intel i3 or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 450 or Radeon 4770 or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.7ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4600 or higher
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: Intel i3 or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 450 or Radeon 4770 or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2015
Pulstar, with its intriguing choice of colors and the promise of a fast paced shoot em up, has so much wasted potential. The game is basic, almost barebone, which is fine for me and many others. However, it suffers from two major issues: horrible contrast and jerky movement controls. The game starts out easy but soon becomes overwhelming with continuous waves of enemies. Pulstar's replayability stems from the single and multiplayer world ranking that it offers. In the advanced wave stages, it becomes unnecessarily difficult to identify enemy elements due to the overdone graphics saturation. Additionally, you won't be able to adjust the jerky movements which makes advancing in this game more of a matter of luck than skill. Finally, the multiplayer option is limited to local co-op with no online functionality. The developers have decided to keep the game as is which is truly a shame.

+Great concept
+Beautiful graphics
+Local Co-op
+World Ranking

-Barebone game
-High color saturation/no contrast
-No online multiplayer
-Jerky movement controls
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
I find it to be very relaxing in its simiplicity. If I'm looking for a shooter that doesn't make me want to lose it like Geometry Wars, Pulstar is fun to play for a bit. For $5 it's a little steep, but it's worth the chillout time on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Fast and fluid game with a fine design, but it lacks variety of enemies and weapons.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Pulstar is a game that reminds the old school because it's an arcade game. It is simple, colorful, requires agility and practice. It's a good game to play at moments that you are without internet or don't have so much time to play. I really enjoyed it and if you like arcade games you will probabily enjoy it too.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
Ah the poor cousin of gemetry wars, slightly more difficult but a good way to kill 10 minutes or so if you need to.
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