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What is Pulsen?

Pulsen is a music and rhythm game featuring 85 songs and more to come. Core gameplay is easy to learn but hard to master, and involves hitting four directional arrows to the beat of the music as they pass by the screen. Every song has five or more difficulties and its own set of challenging arrow patterns and play style. Score is determined by how well arrows are hit in time with the music. Song experiences can be enhanced and customized with numerous song modifiers, settings, and arrow noteskins. Compete against a friend locally and compare scores with friends in-game on Steam.

If I buy Pulsen in Early Access, will I get the full game at release?

Yes! Steam will automatically upgrade you to the full version of Pulsen as soon as it is released. You will also receive various content updates along the way as we work towards final launch.

Can I play Pulsen with a dance pad?

Yes! Pulsen is designed for an amazing dance pad experience. If you're looking for a dance pad, we've made recommendations. You can also have a fantastic and challenging time playing Pulsen with a computer keyboard, game controller, or drum set controller.

I see old videos of Pulsen online, is this game new?

The first version of Pulsen was originally released in 2011. Pulsen 2011 featured the same core gameplay, though it never reached the point where the team felt perfect with it.

In early 2015, we decided to give Pulsen the justice it deserved. We wanted to make Pulsen the most fun and accessible game we could. We spent months working on everything: optimization, UI, improved song charts, more content, new modes, Steam integration, and anything else we could think of. We also totally restructured how the game would be sold, focusing on having a meaty and complete core game. Pulsen is much more than just a rebranding or relaunch, it is a whole new game. We love the massive amount of improvements and additions, and know that our original fan-base will too.

Is Pulsen based on StepMania?

Pulsen is based on the independent Stepmania 5 Engine, a free dance and rhythm game engine for PC. However, that is only the starting point. Pulsen greatly expands on the engine with tens of thousands of lines of custom code and bug fixes, heavily modified and new features, and a completely new look and user interface. All included song charts (collection of arrows in a song) are original and are held to a high standard of quality. Pulsen is approved and supported by the creators of StepMania 5 as a properly licensed music game.

Can I create videos of Pulsen gameplay and monetize them?