Pulsar Laser Tag
Founder: Bernard Faiers
Date Established: May 4, 1993
Date Closed: 1995
Number of Locations: Unknown
First Facility: Unknown
Equipment: In September of 1993 Pulsar launched its equipment at a Leisure Industry Week exhibition. The main feature of this equipment was hit confirmation. This would detect tags on the opponent and inform the tagger by sounding, "Good shot."
A PACK/ VEST
This contains built in sensors and speakers. This is also the bit of equipment that you wear on your body. Each time a sensor is hit it stores the information to be downloaded into the computer at the end of the game. This is how the computer knows who won in the end.
Version 1 of the Pulsar System had a chest plate, a back plate and the phaser. There were no shoulders sensors in Version 1. The chest
board had the LED light pattern in the shape of a hallow "V". Version 1 was introduced in 1993. The museum does not have a Version 1 in its collection.
Version 2 was virtually identical to Version 1 but the LED pattern on the chest board was no longer a hallowed out "V" but now consisted of three (3) circles on the chest board. This front board is known as the "Mickey Mouse Board" since the three light patterns looked similar to the famous mouse eats. Version 2 was introduced in 1994. The museum has a Version 2 pack in its collection.
Version 3 introduced shoulder sensors to the Pulsar system in 1995. But, the shoulder sensors had a feature that have never been replicated. Directly from a 1995 Pulsar prospectus:
"We are pleased to announce for the first time our RANK STARS which are built into each epaulette. The six stars illuminate as the player progressively eliminates their opponent. These Rank Stars allow the other players to visually recognize their predator's bonus life status and can then take evasive action, if necessary until their own rank has built to an equal status."
The Version 3 pack appears to have been a vacuum molded piece of plastic with the shoulder sensor harness built into the front rear and sides of both shoulder epaulettes or shoulder sensor. The museum has a Version 3 pack in its collection.
A GUN / PHASER
All systems have a phaser of some description. The lasers used in this game are completely harmless to us. In fact they are no more powerful than the IR (infrared) beam that comes out of your TV remote control.
It should be noted that the pack and the phaser depicted in the banner above came directly from the Pulsar sales literature yet it never existed. The pack is a BMX motorcross chest protector with some wires hooked up. The phaser is made out of wood and the word "PULSAR" is photo-shopped in the picture.
History: Pulsar International Ltd., under the direction of Bernard and Janette Faiers and Tony Taylor, entered into a relationship with Space Race Limited to use their laser tag equipment in a “Doctor Who”-themed arena in 1993. Space Race Limited shared the same principles with Laser Force (UK): Mr. David Byrne and Mr. Steve Felson.
Pulsar was based on a number of features shared with Laser Force (UK). Pulsar came to the market as Laser Force (UK) was winding down.
William Latham, Chief Engineer, later would develop the laser tag system known as Solaris Leisure.
On February 9, 1993 Pulsar commissioned Momentum Ltd. to develop their next generation laser tag system. Momentum Ltd. would later create the Hanger 51 system.