Pulse : Volume One 4+

Cipher Prime Studios

Designed for iPad

    • $3.99

iPad Screenshots


Enter an absorbing world where players become part conductor, part note-captor, part multi-touch master. Tap speeding notes as they cross the radiant pulse to conduct gorgeous original melodies.


- Nearly an hour of original music plus frequent free updates with brand new levels and music!
- Gameplay featuring an intuitive and original use of multi-touch!
- Sleek, engaging design created specifically for the iPad!
- Easy to play, hard to master!
- Whimsical particles in awe-inspiring palettes!
- Eclectic soundtrack of varying genres!


“A remarkable rhythm game.”
- Macworld

“A package so thoroughly well put together that you’re reminded of why music games were popular in the first place.”
- Pocket Gamer

“Pulse is pretty much unlike anything else that’s on the market.”
- Gamezebo

“[Pulse] makes me want to buy an iPad right now.”
- Warpzoned

“The game’s diverse soundtrack highlights a variety of styles that, when combined with gameplay, offers an uncommonly rich player experience.”
- Spawnpoint

“If you’ve got an iPad, then there should be no question about Pulse: it’s pretty to look at, it’s enjoyably difficult, and it’s easy to show off… for fans of rhythm games and Cipher Prime’s previous work, Pulse is a must own.”
- DIYGamer

“Deceptively simple, yet incredibly immersive.”
- Geekadelphia

“Destined to stimulate the senses of sight, sound, and touch.”
- Game Set Watch

“Pulse: Volume One showcases what makes the iPad an incredible device. The music, graphics, and multi-touch, immersive, gaming experience is second to none. If you desire an app that will not only provide you with hours of joy, but will make you the envy of all you show it to, Pulse: Volume One is more than worth your [money].”
- TheIpadFan

“I haven’t seen anything out there like Pulse, and highly anticipate any future work that Cipher Prime has in store for us.”
- The Indie Game Magazine


Cipher Prime is a multi-award winning creative agency from Philadelphia specializing in game development. Their debut game, Auditorium, received many awards. Fractal, their second release, captured the attention of gamers everywhere. Today, they are still a small independent studio.

What’s New

Version 1.4.0

We're baaack! After a long hiatus, Pulse is once again available on the iPad! We've optimized performance and scaled our graphics for Retina displays, so it should be the cleanest, crispest, bestest version of the Pulse that you've come to know and love. Happy tapping!

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Keksefusion ,

Some bugs

This game is fantastic. I bought it when it first came out. However, there are something's that need improving. Playing on the iPad mini, I've noticed that the pulse is is ahead of the music, just enough to be a problem. You can't tap to the music because the pulse simply isn't with the music.
One other thing playing on the iPad mini, sometimes the dots are so close together you tap two or three at once unintentionally. If you could make touching the dots more accurate, or find another solution to this problem, that would give you 5 stars.

Akindor ,

Excellent rhythm game!

Having just required my first iPad, I spent too many years not getting a chance to play this game. Cipher Prime has previously impressed me with Auditorium (not so much with Splice), but Pulse may now be my favorite game of theirs. Intuitive, approachable, challenging, beautiful visual design, and, of course, a killer soundtrack, just like all of their games.

The music ranges from mellow orchestral and acoustic tunes to frenzied electronic dance tracks. There are also some internationally flavored songs as well, and several dubstep tracks. For the music nerds, I really liked that the time signatures ranged from swaying 3/4 waltzes to rolling 6/8 rhythms to over-caffeinated, 120bps+ blasts.

Katebloomer ,

Amazing - beautiful - fun!!!

I got this game over seven years ago, and when I got a new ipad, I I didn’t upload it. Now I’ve rediscovered it with my eight-year-old daughter and we are obsessed. Not only is if fun an mesmerizing, I also happen to believe it has cognitive benefits, and I wish these developers would continue to develop (and market) games like this that could be used in educational settings, or therapeutically. Rhythm, color, and music, and light are powerful, and this game is legitimately beautiful and musical — actual music is at his heart, not some tinny soundtrack. More, please!!!

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