The Days of Sega Channel
I remember the days of the Sega Channel, when I could fire up my Genesis and have loads of games to play that would otherwise be outside of my budget. One of those games was Pulseman; an obscure, Japanese only sidescrolling title that somehow made its way to North America... At least temporarily. I never saw it again after my subscription to Sega Channel ran out, but it stuck in my mind as an interesting, almost Mega Man like game. Years later, it appears again out of the blue on Nintendo's Virtual Console service, taking me by surprise and sending me through a nostalgic trip through the simpler years of gaming. I purchased and downloaded it immediately, and was actually surprised to find the title to be rather challenging.
Despite its scant seven levels of gameplay, Pulseman features long levels and a couple rather challenging bosses. Coupled with the fact that the hero can only take three hits before losing a life, this makes for a pretty interesting experience.
This guide will mainly focus on the bosses and mini-bosses of Pulseman, since the levels themselves really don't need a guide. Like many side scrolling adventure titles, simply head to the right side of the screen, jumping across platforms and taking out enemies. I will, however, mention a couple of tips that might make things just a little easier to get through.
Now, before I begin the guide proper, a simple warning to all gamers. This game features levels with bright, flashing colours and some rapidly scrolling backgrounds. Sometimes, these are both present in the same stage, and can be a strain on the eyes. If you have any inkling that you might be epileptic, I strongly advise you to avoid this game.