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By Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dark tale with vibrant colors lacks deep gameplay.

Game Mac, Windows 2015
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For a game whose lead character is someone without the gift of sight, the game is still very visually appealing, even if it's held back by its shallow play. Pulse has a unique minimalist artistic style, filled with color and life. Unfortunately, this also highlights one of its main drawbacks: It's big on style but small on substance. The game can be played through from start to finish in only a couple of hours, and there's even an Achievement for finishing it in 30 minutes or less. Think about that: You can order a pizza before you start and theoretically finish the game before the pizza arrives.

The mechanic of using sound to guide Eva is innovative and does a great job of slowly revealing the world around you. You can only see so long as you're moving, but stand still for too long and your world is pitched back into darkness. The Mokos are adorable creatures that aid you in your journey; flinging them ahead of you helps illuminate your path. But aside from that, they really don't seem to serve much of a purpose. Though Pulse has some neat concepts, sadly the gameplay is pretty average, and the story line is entirely too vague.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Pixel Pi Games
  • Release date: October 20, 2015
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: August 24, 2016

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