Pulstar Reviews (Neo Geo)

Pulstar Neo Geo From the intro: our heroine runs to her fighter.


Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall User Score (6 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Pixel-Heroes.de (Sep, 2003)
Hat man einen Level absolviert kann man beim erneuten Start des Spieles gleich in dem nächsten beginnen... Zu sagen wäre noch, dass beim Verlust eines Lebens wieder an einem vordefinierten Haltepunkt im Level weitergespielt wird, ohne Extrawaffen versteht sich. Das erhöht den Schwierigkeitsgrad natürlich auch noch etwas, tut der Motivation aber keinen Abbruch. Ich in jedem Fall werde noch einige Wochen viel Spaß mit dem Spiel haben.
Defunct Games (Jun 17, 2006)
One of the reasons I enjoy the old-school gaming so much has got to be the bevy of side-scrolling shooter games. This is a genre that most have forgotten about, if they were even familiar to begin with. This is also the reason I finally got my filthy hands into the Neo Geo's cookie jar. Pulstar is visually astounding, with a difficulty level for everyone and solid controls. Still, as is the nature of every truly great shooter, it can be harsh and unforgiving.
GameFan Magazine (Dec, 1995)
Fantastic, amazing, beautiful...and hard! Pulstar fulfills just about everything I want in a shooter. The lush, colorful visuals have an insane amount of detail a subtle-blend of SGI graphics with hand-drawn art, the bosses are massive and cool beyond words. The controls are very responsive and accurate, there are lots of levels, plus the music is great. Trouble is, the game is so hard that is quickly becomes frustrating. It's not impossible, but I wish they had eased up on the difficulty a tad. Pulstar is a great game, but it's strictly for hardcore gamers only.
That's not to say that this game deserves a perfect score, because as I said before, it is very derivative in it's genre. R-Type comes to mind.. almost too painfully obvious to ignore. However, it utterly outclassed any similar game that had come out during that time period. Unfortunately, it's expensive price stifled it's ultimate potential as a classic mainstream shoot'em up.
GamePro (US) (Dec, 1995)
Pulstar is far from a perfect shooter, but it's sharp graphics and difficult stages distinguish it. While it's not as arresting as ViewPoint, it is a good addition to a dwindling genre.
Mega Fun (Oct, 1995)
Alle Achtung, Pulstar ist Shoot'em Up-Vergnügen wie in der Spielhalle. Die furiose Action wird daher auch abgebrühtesten Baller-Freaks noch etwas bieten können. Auch technisch kann man Pulstar nur als ausgereift bezeichnen. Neben der genialen Bio-Tech-Style-Grafik überzeugt vor allem der Sound. Gerade die Musik im zweiten Level bietet sphärische Hörgenüsse der besonderen Art. Wer nun allerdings von Pulstar ein Innovationswunder erwartet, kommt zu kurz: Viel zu oft hat man dieses Spielprinzip schon angetroffen, gerade R-Type läßt hier schön grüßen. Aber wen stört‘s, wenn sich der Spielspaß derart schnell einstellt, nimmt man gern ein Deja-vu-Erlebnis in Kauf.
HonestGamers (Dec 14, 2003)
And with that, here is a sound measuring tool: if you can't trounce R-Type, or don't care to put the effort forth that is required to do so, steer clear of Pulstar. If you love R-Type and everything like it, get ready for the hardest, most hardcore thinking shooter you'll ever play.