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Take a sightless journey through a strange land in Pulse

Pulse

When I first saw the launch trailer for Pulse, I confused it with Perception, the sightless horror game we talked about this summer. In fact, it's an entirely different thing that's been kicking around quite a bit longer, having found success on Kickstarter—to the tune of $81000—in early 2013. Nonetheless, the similarities are obvious.

Pulse is about a young girl named Eva who lost her sight at an early age and learned to view the world around her through a form of echolocation. That basic setup is very similar to Perception; but where Perception is a monochromatic horror game, Pulse is a colorful exploration of a mystical world on the verge of collapse, aided by the spirits of the forest.

I haven't played it so I can't comment on whether or not it's actually any good, but a prototype version of the game was an Independent Games Festival finalist in 2013, and the soundtrack was created by Joel Corelitz, the composer of the unfortunately PlayStation-exclusive Unfinished Swan. I dig the trailer, too. It's not enough to make it a must-have game, but it definitely leaves me wanting to know more about what's going on.

Pulse is out now on Steam, for ten percent off its regular $15/£11 price until October 27. More information can be found at pixelpigames.com.

Pulse

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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.