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: Mostly Positive (38 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 11, 2014
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July 24

Pulstar receives update and is now available for Linux!

Greetings Pulstar community,

today we present to you the first update for Pulstar, here's a quick rundown of the update highlights:

  • ADDED LINUX SUPPORT (YEAH)
  • multiplayer has been tweaked, making it a lot harder than before
  • fixed the multiplayer achievement issues
  • +10 point value pick up now increases with the correct amount (corresponding with the one as told in the "how to play" screen)
  • fixed text spacing in GUI
  • added right button on the controller as an extra button to enable Pulsetime.

Let us know what you think and as always feel free to provide us with feedback for the next update.

Thanks!

Frans, Heleen, Mendel and Shan – the Pulstar team

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June 11

Pulstar is out now with a launch discount of 20%!

Finally, we are proud to let you know that Pulstar is available on Steam!
http://store.steampowered.com/app/280460

To celebrate this fantastic event, Pulstar is 20% off for the next 7 days.

We hope you'll enjoy playing Pulstar as much as we've enjoyed developing it! If you have anything to ask or to share, feel free to do so in the discussion section of our Community Hub!

Cheers from Frans, Heleen, Mendel and Shan - the Pulstar team

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About This Game

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

PC
Mac
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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
46 of 62 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
I personally really enjoyed this game, it brings back old arcade games like Geometry Wars in its own unique way. The game has a very benefical concept of easy to learn, but hard to master, which I really liked. Check out my video for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibmBOoWwo4M
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Pulstar is an addicting "shooter" with amazing graphics with an interesting art style. It features special abiilities, unique enemies, and room for complicated playstyles. This is not a game you will play all the time, but find yourself playing while waiting for updates, friends to come online, and during short breaks between games. The sounds get repetitive, but the soundtrack is decent. It has a tiny almost obsolete story, but being the arcade game it is, it really doesn't need one. This game is simple, but in an overall good way, but it has it's complexities, mostly those of which you will find in it's playstyles. It is well priced for the game it is. Overall, this game mixes phenomenal lighting, graphics, and difficulty into one of the most addicting arcade-like shooters to date.
-8.5/10 would buy for $5 and under.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
A twin-stick shooter a la Geometry Wars. Enemies can be a bit hard to see agains the dark blue background, but that's part of the challenge. Simple game, and cheap to boot.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
It's fun to play, if you're into speedy, addicting games!
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Enjoyed very much! Download it today and already have 5 hours! Simple and very fun. I personally love to play between my league of legend games.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
When you pick up a shiny bubble you get acid trips.
10/10 would pick up shiny bubble again.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
I haven't played an arcade game that I actually enjoyed since Geometry Wars. This game brings back the brilliance of simple yet challenging arcade games. It's easy to learn to play but difficult to master therefore this game has a brilliant balance between the two. Check out my video for a brief look at the gameplay of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOZ0yIz2Rtg&feature=youtu.be
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
I am enjoying this game quite a bit at the moment. Affirming other reviews, this game is easy to learn and hard to master, I am still at the padawan level :)
I like the idea of a local multi player game, but think an online co-op would be an awesome update.
Thumbs up.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
very fun game fast paced but hard(from my end) i give 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
A lot better then geometry wars although i wish there were more game types other then standard.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Simple and entertaining. No regrets with this purchase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP59X_52c28
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
It's a cool game. Usually play it inbetween my dota games to ease my match making anxiety.
The music is kinda good, suits with the game but it gets repetative after an hour or less, so I use my own playlist.
Now the only thing I need is to find someone to play with.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Great game, remember me at the good old games. Want a co-op online gamemode for this ;)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Really good game for the price. Also, I'm a sucker for these types of games; reminds me of Geometry Wars. For about 5 bucks you'll get your money's worth of frustration, enjoyment, excitement, and rage quitting. But you'll be back, trust me.

Hope they add more features. But overall it is pretty addicting.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This is a fun, quick game in the vein of Geometry Wars. Art style is eye-catching, and the gameplay is rather slick I would say. The waves of enemies get exponentially harder around 4-5 minutes, so the game is quick, with the highest scores lasting only on the order of 10 minutes. Simple power-up and bonus system and the online ranking and personal best tracking encourages replayability. 9/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I loved it.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
This has been fairly fun to play to far. Each game is very short, lasting a matter of minutes. It looks like the longest game played in the online highscores is only 10 minutes. The controls aren't customizable so if you're playing with a mouse, be prepared to hold the left click down until your hand cramps, because that's the only way to fire, and you don't want to not be firing (why isn't this automatic?) The game's contrast also leaves something to be desired, as it gets difficult to see the bad guys coming at you. Also, since the screen is rectangular instead of square, enemies coming from the top and bottom of the screen are much more dangerous than the same enemy from the left or right.

With some improvements, this game could be more fun. Not bad for a couple dollars.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
great game to kill time
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Did you like Geometry Wars? You did? Lovely, then you don't need to play this.

Pulstar is a ♥♥♥ for tat recreation of the original Geometry Wars, including the original GW's dearth of mode types. You have one basic mode, and that mode can be played with a friend via local co-op, so it has that going for it. Unfortunately, it doesn't play quite as well as GW, due mostly in part to it's graphic style. If you've ever stared into a bright screen in a dark room only to look away to find a stray Cheeto that fell to the floor, then you have an idea of what it's like to play Pulstar. Thanks to the ultra-bright sun in the middle of the screen and your own flashy visage and shots, you can barely see the dark enemies against the dark blue background.

And that's...pretty much it. The enemies are difficult to see about 3 minutes in, when the game starts to throw all three enemy types at you as fast as it can. You'll die soon after that. I got my highest scores when I just stayed in the middle, swirling the right thumbstick on my gamepad. Any attempt to do otherwise would see me swarmed by the beasties in a matter of moments.

There is absolutely no reason to play this over the majority of other similar twin-stick shooters. Your several minutes time is better wasted petitioning for GW2 to come to steam.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
It's a fairly decent twin-stick shooter... even though it brings nothing new to the table.
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