pulzar
Metacritic: 77/100
Release: Jun 2012
Reviewed on: PS Vita

PulzAR

Site Score
8.0
Good: Unique game idea – Fairly accurate and easy to use
Bad: Limited variety
User Score
8.0
(4 votes)
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PulzAR was an early adopter of augmented reality, bring a missile defence game to the PS Vita in 2012. Making use of AR Play Cards this title has players attempting to divert a laser beam to power a missile launch and destroy the income asteroid attack.

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The game picks up after a number of unsuccessful attempts at diverting a large number of asteroids away from Earth has failed. As a last stand players will have to use a network of missile silos to launch attacks at each individual asteroid as it comes into range of the Earth. Due to their proximity you’ll only have a few minutes between alert and catastrophe.

Activating these missile launches is where the augmented reality elements of the game come into play with players having to guide a precision laser around various obstacles in order to trigger a launch. In order to do so players will have to place a number of AR Play Cards underneath their PS Vita which will then generate the game on your handheld device.

The first such card will be the arena card which serves as the anchor for that game level. From this players can place down other cards which will spawn either a mirror, splitter or colour changer which all need to be combined effectively to create a solution on each level.

For the most part this mechanic changes only a little (although additional complexity is added as you advance further) and requires players to direct a laser beam to the launch site power source. Mirrors are the primary tool in this which can be positioned on the game area and then rotated to reflect the laser beam in any direction.

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In total players have 5 stages to master that each have their own 5 challenging levels. Each level also has stars to collect for an additional test with a scoring system to easily compare against others.

Ultimately PulzAR is a neat little augmented game title which will entertain you for an afternoon and is a fun experiment in what is possible with this growing technology.

Summary:

  • Save the Earth from asteroid destruction.
  • Use augmented reality that combines the real with virtual.
  • Place mirrors, splitters and colour changes to direct the laser beam power source.
  • Conquer 5 separate stages that each offer 5 levels.
  • PS Vita exclusive.

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PulzAR, 8.0 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
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