Catalogue of Arcade Emulation Software - the Absolute Reference

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Pulstar (c) 08/1995 Aicom.

An accomplished and graphically superb sideways scrolling shoot-em-up that borrows many of its visual and gameplay elements from all three games in Irem's legendary "R-Type" series; including the Beam weapon and R-type's infamous pod attachment. Unlike "R-Type", however, Pulstar's pod cannot be detached from the front of the ship and merely acts as a shield to protect the player's ship.

Pulstar consists of eight challenging levels, with the player able to start the game on any one of the first four.


SNK Neo-Geo MVS hardware

Game ID : 0089

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2610 (@ 8 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 59.19 Hz

Palette colors : 4096

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2

=> [A] Attack/Charge attack, [B] Restart the move


Pulstar was one of the first games on the NEO-GEO to use state-of-the-art SGI rendered graphics like those found in Nintendo Super Famicom's "Donkey Kong Country".

The pre-production name of this game was 'Reaction'.

Tracy Miller holds the official record for this game with 68,350 points.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Pulstar - PCCB-00192) on 21/10/1995.


Staff : Nenko, M. Yoshida, T. Nagakubo, Naomi, Daikiti, K. Katoku, K. Urahama, K. Okabe, Toshio. I, Yamadasan, Shion, F. Ryuze

Music composed by : Harumi Fujita, Yasuaki Fujita


* Consoles :

SNK Neo-Geo CD (1995)