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Very dumb, terrible games meant to emulate early 2000s Newgrounds games. I finally made something that is actually good though -> https://store.steampowered.com/app/1208760/View_From_Below/

Jack @JackAstral

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Posted by JackAstral - September 21st, 2020


Hi again!


So earlier this year I released my first *real* game on Steam - a turn-based, story-driven RPG called "View From Below." ( Get it now! -> https://store.steampowered.com/app/1208760/View_From_Below/)


Since then, I've been updating it TONNES fixing things, and taking on feedback to make it the best game it possibly can be. (Including bug fixes, new content, QoL changes, LOTS of typos because I accidentally had the draft text files imported iwanttodie, and more !)


This is a neat little compilation I made of old screenshots and clips from the development of it, spanning its start in 2017, to its launch in May 2020. (It looked like complete ass until like late 2019, lol!) Check it out:



I also wanted to mention that my next game is coming along really well, and really fast. It's basically a sequel to VFB in terms of gameplay, but with an entirely new story. It's really cool so far - I'm going to start posting screenshots from it next month on my twitter.


That's all for now. I hope you're all coping well during this whole deadly pandemic thing,


-Jack


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Posted by JackAstral - July 30th, 2020


Hi again Newgrounds !!!


As you may know, I made really terrible visual novel games here for several years - including Dead Detention, Alula Falling, and lots more. But just over 2 months ago, I released my first * real * game, View From Below.



It's a story-driven turn-based RPG inspired by games like Undertale and Earthbound, and movies like Donnie Darko (and anime in general, as always). In it, you play as a struggling high school student who is captured by a mysterious presence, and taken to a scary new world. You'll fight demons, solve puzzles, and unravel several dark mysteries, on your quest to escape it.


Available now! -> https://store.steampowered.com/app/1208760/View_From_Below/


I also wanted to take a moment during these strange times to thank everyone that has played and supported View From Below so far ! All of your suggestions have really helped it to grow and improve, and I'm so proud of where it is today. Since launch 2 months ago, I've added tonnes of new content, fixed some glitches and taken on lots of feedback to help make the game the best it possibly can be.


With patch 2.0 - which just released - I've really added in my last ideas for the project. It's breaming with content now, from side quests, to mini games, to secrets, and much more. I really can't put into words how good it feels to finally have something out that I'm truly proud of.


And so what's next for me and my tiny little game? Mainly I'll be focusing on getting it in front of as many people as I can. But also.... yes, I've begun early stages on my next project, and you'll be seeing ( and playing ) it much sooner than you may think.


This has been a really dramatic, awful year, so it felt really strange to release my game and expect people to care when so much more important things are going on. But maybe a game about hope and kindness wasn't such a bad thing to release in 2020.


Please stay safe out there. You'll be seeing more from me soon.


Jack.


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Posted by JackAstral - May 22nd, 2020



HI NEWGROUNDS !!!!


I FINALLY just released my first *real* game, "VIEW FROM BELOW" ! This has been a longggggg time coming.


If you liked my old visual novel stuff, I think you'll really like this. It takes a lot of those ideas / bits and pieces, and presents it all in a new ( and much better imo ) way !


It's a little emotional, a little funny, and a little dark. It means a lot to me, and I hope it'll mean a lot to you, too.


You can buy the game / see more about it on Steam ! - > https://store.steampowered.com/app/1208760/View_From_Below/


Thank you all so much for playing my games over the years. It all built up to this.


-Jack.


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Posted by JackAstral - February 20th, 2020



HEY EVERYONE!!!


I just published the steam page for my emotional, weird, fun turn-based RPG game VIEW FROM BELOW up on Steam!


You can wishlist the game here -> https://store.steampowered.com/app/1208760/View_From_Below/


Yeet!


You can read more about the game on my previous posts, but it's this turn-based RPG inspired by games like Undertale and Earthbound, and movies like Alice in Wonderland and Donnie Darko! It's weird af but kinda neat I think! Check it out!


-Jack


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Posted by JackAstral - January 1st, 2020


Hello Newgrounds! It's been a while, huh?


I've been working long and hard on my first real game – VIEW FROM BELOW - a story driven turn based RPG for the last 2.5-ish years.


It's weird, funny, dark, a little crazy...

And it has a lot to say.


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I really feel like it's the game I'm meant to make.


The first trailer will be released within the next month or so, along with its Steam page for wishlisting. I'll do another post when that happens to remind everyone ( please care!!!.)


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VIEW FROM BELOW will be out within the first half of this year. I'm so excited for people to finally play it.


I think if you liked any of my old ( crappy ) newgrounds games, I think you'll really like this. It's fresh and new, but it has all of the elements I think people liked about those old projects. It's just more refined and...good?


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Getting to this point where I have an almost complete "proper-real" game has been strange. Mistakes were made. But I'm happy with where I am now, and what I have to show you all.


I hope you'll check it out, and I hope it'll mean a lot you, like it does to me.


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You can follow these last few months of development over on my twitter if you're interested!


Happy New Year, and thank you for everything,


Jack


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Posted by JackAstral - November 17th, 2017


HI NEWGROUNDS !!! How have you been ? Good?! Awesome !

I've been working on my first proper game! It's a story driven, old-school-inspired RPG game called VIEW FROM BELOW. It's about a teenager who becomes trapped in Hell, thanks to a demonic, mysterious figure called Garbiel. VERY LIGHT HEARTED!

The game is dark, funny and HAS A PRETTY COOL TURN BASED BATTLE SYSTEM I THINK

You can check out the first VERY EARLY screenshots over on my twitter -> https://twitter.com/JackAstral

I'm aiming to release it in 2019.

I'm really happy with it so far; it's the game I've wanted to make since I was a kid and played Earthbound and Pokemon Blue for the first time.

There are really silly+quirky+dumb enemy sprites (LIKE EARTHBOUND), cool+light overworld puzzles (LIKE EARLY POKEMON AND ZELDA) and a story I've been working on for a long time now.

Sorry for being so quiet lately, I've just been busy working on this project. I'm really excited about it !

Follow me on twitter to see new screenshots and videos and stuff from VIEW FROM BELOW -> https://twitter.com/JackAstral

Thanks,

Jack.

PS. I'll try to upload some new stuff to newgrounds soon <3

PSS. Thanks to everyone who played my Newgrounds games. I definitely wouldn't have had the confidence and desire to start a large, proper project without you guys !


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Posted by JackAstral - August 18th, 2017


heyYYYYYYYY SOZZZZZZZZZ for not uploading much recently !!!!!!!!!

I haven't really managed to work much on Death Falling Episode 1, so I SADLY have to push it back to next month. It'll be worth the wait though - I promise.

However, I have been working quite a bit on my first big scale project. I'm not ready to talk about it much yet, but I can say that it's a story driven RPG. It has loose inspirations from my two favourite rpgs; Pokemon Red/Blue and Earthbound.

Sooo that's all for now - just wanted to check in really

PS. If you missed it :

You can play the Blue Lights After Story here

or

You can read a preview of Death Falling here

or

You can check out the Phantom Reverse finale here


Posted by JackAstral - July 25th, 2017


I'm really excited to announce that my next project will be a 3 episode series called DEATH FALLING.

This will be a MAJOR step forward for me - the biggest I've ever, ever taken.

The story is based on "Death's Game" - an element first started in my old series Alula Falling. This isn't a sequel or a remake, it just uses that concept as a base. It has a completely new, fresh story.

The story is much darker than anything I've ever done- though it'll be down to you, the player, to make choices that'll affect just how bleak it gets.

CHOICES THAT MATTER - EVERY EPISODE HAS 2 DIFFERENT ENDINGS

I've written the story specifically with 2 endings per episode. Each will bleed into the next, with the last episode leading to 2 very different endings. The first two episodes will be moral choices, while the 3rd and final will be.......well, I don't wanna spoil it.

TONNES OF INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS -  MOST "GAME-Y" VISUAL NOVEL I'VE EVER MADE

  • Quick Time Events with time limits
  • "Quick Time Events" without time limits (just for things, like opening doors, that aren't time sensitive)
  • One major BRANCHING choice per episode
  • Constant small choices that'll just tweak the dialogue
  • An interactive inventory
  • A custom main character name

A SIMPLE, AND SHORT, BUT DARK, STORY

Originally the story was 5 episodes long, but I decided to condense it down to 3. This choice makes it fast paced and exciting - back to the pacing of the Dead Detention 1 days. There'll be absolutely no fat; it's the most carefully crafted story I've ever plotted.

A UNIQUE, KINDA GOOD MAYBE I HOPE, ART STYLE

Its scratch-y and dark, with splatters of colours. It looks cool I think - hopefully you guys will like it!

VISUAL NOVEL ENGINE UPDATES

Double click to autocomplete text
You can now press on the screen OR press spacebar or the right arrow key, to progress through the narrative
Bookmarks! - The ability to save your current position and resume playing later

There'll also be less reading - with dialogue and inner monologues only - actions will only be shown visually.

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I'm aiming to upload an episode each month, starting in August. To compensate for the wait between episodes, I'll be making small teasers which will be up on my twitter and maybe YouTube page. (Links on my profile!)

Once all 3 are uploaded, I'll be combining them into one release. :-]

THANKS,

- JACK ASTRAL


Posted by JackAstral - July 23rd, 2017


HELLO TODAY I FINISHED MY 6 PART VISUAL NOVEL SERIES! IT'S ABOUT A PARANORMAL ENTITY THAT'S BEEN MYSTERIOUSLY KILLING STUDENTS AT A HIGH SCHOOL!!!!! SPOOKY!!! CREEPY!!!!! FUN!!!!!!!!!

PLAY EACH OF THE 6 EPISODES!!!!!

IT'S QUITE DARK AND WEIRD AND TWISTY AND KINDA CRAZY TOWARD THE END -

THANKS AND SORRY FOR CAPS!

I'll be starting my next series - DEATHING FALLING - next month. It'll be the darkest (and best, by far) thing I've ever made. Oh, and it's a standalone sequel and spiritual successor to my old series "Alula Falling."

UNTIL THEN,

- JACK ASTRAL

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PS. FOLLOW ME ON NEWGROUNDS -> http://jackastral.newgrounds.com/follow

OR TWITTER -> twitter.com/jackastral

 

PEACE ヽ(゜∇゜)ノ


Posted by JackAstral - July 5th, 2017


HELLO THE 5th EPISODE OF MY SERIES "PHANTOM REVERSE IS OUT NOW!"

CLICK HERE TO PLAY IT!!!!!!

IT'S A SERIES ABOUT A PARANORMAL CURSE CAUSING STUDENTS TO DISAPPEAR AT A HIGH SCHOOL EVERY FRIDAY....AND THE MC YOU PLAY IS NEXT!!!!!!!!

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PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW, RATE IT AND SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EPISODE 6, THE FINALE, WILL BE COMING LATER THIS MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THANX,

-JACK ASTRAL