Indie Game Showcase: FromPulse

Welcome to a long overdue installment of the Indie Game Showcase. If you are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at FromPulse, a rather unusual, yet very entertaining rhythmic platformer made by Pixel Molotov.  While the experience itself is very short, this combination of genres is something almost every gamer will find some sort of appreciation for on a number of different levels. Let’s take some time now to go over everything the game has to offer, shall we?

Meet the Ollopas, a rather strange group of creatures who live and breathe music. When their planet starts to face complete annihilation, they decide to send out a boy named Vegah on a quest to retrieve a lost artifact that will hopefully restore peace and harmony to a world in desperate need of it. The gameplay tends to center around a mixture of basic platforming and rhythmic button presses in order to complete each stage. Think of the concept like Mario Bros. mixed with Guitar Hero and you’ll understand exactly what I’m talking about here.

My favorite aspect of this game is how well the combination of ideas work together to create a unique experience that gamers of all ages can enjoy. One would think trying to dodge obstacles along with keeping a beat would be an impossible task to accomplish, but it really isn’t. What makes everything work here is the simple, yet very effective control scheme which relies more on timing than anything else. The overall design is not too bad either, and is rather impressive for a service that doesn’t rely too heavily on visual presentation to begin with. It’s just too bad that this idea comes along during an era in which music related video games aren’t as popular as they used to be though, either way, I still had fun here, and that’s what really matters in the end anyways.

As enjoyable as the title was, I still had a few problems with it. Sometimes my button presses would not respond to what was taking place onscreen, which in turn led to me having to replay a number of levels more than once. Another issue I had was that the adventure was extremely short, only taking around a half hour or so for me to complete. Still, for the low price of $1 (80 MSP), this delightful digital quest is definitely worth your time.

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