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An alien threat looms over the galaxy and only you and your trusty star fighter can defeat them.

Pulstar is a 2D side-scrolling shooter in which you control your ship as it makes its way past stages filled with waves after waves of enemies bent on your destruction. You can upgrade your main weapons by collecting power-ups and charging up energy allows you to release charged attacks at the cost of power-up consumption. Additionally your ship comes with an ever-prescent "option" gun pod that floats around your ship and which can be positioned in several configurations to help protect the ship or increase its firepower.

While completely 2D, the game uses pre-rendered 3D sprites and includes fully animated cutscenes between each level. Also features support for two-player gameplay.


Pulstar Neo Geo That's one ugly enemy.
Pulstar Neo Geo A narrow passage
Pulstar Neo Geo Enemy down
Pulstar Neo Geo Game over

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Pulstar Screenshot
Pulstar Screenshot
Pulstar Screenshot
Pulstar Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "ACA NeoGeo: Pulstar" -- PS4 title
  • "パルスター" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews Sep, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Defunct Games Jun 17, 2006 94 out of 100 94
GameFan Magazine Dec, 1995 92 out of 100 92
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamePro (US) Dec, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Mega Fun Oct, 1995 75 out of 100 75
HonestGamers Dec 14, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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Zovni (10648) added Pulstar (Neo Geo) on May 24, 2007
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