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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-present "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 Level selection
Pulstar Neo Geo Looks like she's out cold.
Pulstar Neo Geo A narrow passage
Pulstar Neo Geo About to begin stage one

Promo Images

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 Neo Geo Sep, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Defunct Games Neo Geo Jun 17, 2006 94 out of 100 94
GameFan Magazine Neo Geo Dec, 1995 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo CD Apr 11, 2004 A- 91
All Game Guide Neo Geo 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Video Games Neo Geo CD Dec, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Retro Archives Arcade Nov 08, 2018 16.5 out of 20 82
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Neo Geo CD Jan, 1996 6 out of 10 60
Video Chums Nintendo Switch Aug 12, 2019 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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