Pulsar Arena is like a futuristic, underground, rhythm battle club where you are in an hour glass shaped ring, blasting gems with eye lasers in time with the beat of the music to send them to your opponents side of the hourglass. The object is to have less gems on your side than theirs at the end of the music. If that sounds really strange it’s because it is. And at first I didn’t like it. There is a tutorial but I feel I came out of it worse off than when I went it. Nevertheless, it’s my job to play these games so I went ahead anyway.
The first match I played I had no idea what I was doing. I knew enough to blow up the gems, but I didn’t really know how. I was tapping the trackpad and pressing buttons on the controller, but it seemed to be doing nothing. Because it wasn’t. You just make sure they are centered in the crosshairs on the downbeat of the music and BOOM! They are gone. If you get on a roll you can string a bunch together and it just feels good. There are also power-ups that help you destroy more gems faster and using them at the right time can be the difference between winning or losing the round.
Once you know what you’re doing there is a lot of entertainment in this package for not a lot of price. Too bad there isn’t online multiplayer though.