Pulse is a new first-person adventure game from the point of view of a young girl, Eva. She lost her sight when she was young and has now developed the ability to “see” the world around her through sounds.
She uses her ability to explore the forbidden paths walked by her ancestors. Along the way, she gets help from adorable forest spirits. As she walks, earthquakes shake the world. Eva must discover the truth and figure out why the world is on the edge of collapse.
Because the main character is blind, navigation became a major design challenge for the team at Pixel Pi Games. In an interview with Polygon, team member Richard Harrison said “It’s so easy when the entire world is black for the player to get turned around.” He said color became their main way to gently lead players along the right path.
Pulse was developed by Pixel Pi Games, which is owned and operated by Larissa Baptista, Leanne Roed, Maxwell Hannaman, Michael Cooper and Richard Harrison. The team met and came up with the idea for Pulse in a game design class. After a successful Kickstarter, the game is now available for purchase on Steam and is playable on Windows, Mac, and Linux.