ZX Spectrum Pulsoids
Pulsoids was a decent breakout clone released by Spectrum budget games specialists Mastertronic in 1988.
Retailling at the standard budget price of £1.99 Pulsoids was good value for money if you liked a good old fashioned arcade game.
Instead of a bat 'n ball you had a bat and a bouncing lazer beam type thingy. As usual with these types of games you had to knock out the coloured 'bricks' by bouncing the beam/ball off your bat and into the blocks repeatedly.
Also as usual for a breakout clone knocking out different blocks yielded different powerups such as, multiple balls/beams, a longer 'bat', slow down the speed of play and so on.
Each screen had a different layout from the last - and of course some of the blocks were indestructable. You reached a new screen by destroying each block on the current level. You may be picking up here that the game used all of the tried and tested features of the likes of Arkanoid.
The gameplay was pretty fast and frenetic - and to be fair Pulsoids was a pretty good version of this type of game. At only £1.99 for your ZX Spectrum you couldn't go far wrong. Not bad.
The test of time:
This was a pretty good arcade game back then, and it's pretty good now. Easy to pick up and play and if you're a fan of breakout, Arkanoid or Krakout then you'll probably like it well enough. I don't know how many levels there are as I haven't played it right through to the end.
Give yourself a dose of Pusloids!
GENRE: Arcade Game (Breakout clone)
RELEASE DATE: 1988
RELEASED BY: Mirrorsoft
DEVELOPER(S): Simon Price and John F Cain
PRICE: £1.99 - UK
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