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Pulse : Volume One

By Mark Raby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Very difficult but brilliantly designed music rhythm game.

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PULSE: VOLUME ONE is a great example of a game that gets extremely difficult as players progress, but it does so in a way that is addicting and encourages players to focus harder and stronger. Most music/rhythm games require a static frame of attention. That is, the only thing players need to focus on is the beat, and as long as they press the correct button at the correct time, they'll succeed. Here, it becomes a much more full-sensory experience, as players need to not only listen to the beats but also have to keep a keen eye on where the corresponding notes are on the screen, so the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic senses all come into play. It may be a bit too overwhelming for players who don't have strong hand-eye coordination yet, or don't have enough experience with music or music games to understand the concept of a song's meter or beat. For those who want to take on the challenge, though, this game is a fun ride.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Release date: May 5, 2011
  • Category: Music Games
  • Publisher: Cipher Prime Studios
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 22, 2016

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