JackAstral's News


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, aborted fetus 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/status/931461734879002624

I'm aiming to release it in December 2018.

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 !



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


My Next Series: DEATH FALLING

2017-07-25 02:50:21 by JackAstral
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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



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


Some Frequently Asked Questions <('o'<)

2017-07-12 09:04:23 by JackAstral
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I know that I've always sucked really bad at replying to questions in PMs and stuff (though I try to reply to almost all NG reviews now), so I decided to just publically answer a couple common questions I've gotten...

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What inspires you?

Music and lyrics inspire me the most. I always have it on when I'm writing or doing visuals. I think having a song on that tonally fits the scene that you're writing or creating can help focus it emotionally.

That and just the desire to express myself. I've always done it, whether through writing or art or whatever, and always will.

How do you come up with your ideas?

I always start with the main character's arc, and then build out from there. For Phantom Reverse, for example, I started with a high school kid who feels guilty for something he had no control over. By the end of the story, I wanted him to overcome that and move on. From there, I built out everything - his back story, the paranormal elements, etc.

Another example would be Dead Detention. It started with a helpless kid (Max) who was constantly saved by others. In the final moment, I wanted the helpless kid to be the one saving others. From there, came zombies and everything else.

It might sound weird but I think it just works for me because I can apply different genres and stuff I like, while always having an underlying theme. I think it lets you get creative and weird (and meme-y), while still retaining a core relatable main character.

Do you watch anime?

Not really, but I use to a couple years ago. Faves were really dark and weird stuff like Death Note, FLCL and Steins;Gate.

Were you inspired by <insert anime name here>?

No, I don't think an anime has ever inspired a story or idea or anything like that specifically. Though I do want to do something in a similar vein to FLCL one day...maybe.

What is Universe 08?

It's the shared universe of my stories and games. It's about an organisation and cult called Clear Moon that worships Death as it's God...it's kinda dark :-D

Do I need to play <insert game here> to understand <insert game here>?

No, I intentionally do everything to work as a standalone story. I think of universe 08 as more of a backdrop for lore. While last year there were some stories that would bleed into others, I won't be doing that anymore.

Why was the art so shitty?

With Dead Detention I just started randomly doing literal scribbles, and for some reason ppl seemed to kinda like it. I don't know why, but it stuck a little. I'm actually pretty good at art and graphic design, though you absolutely wouldn't be able to tell from those projects lol (or anything I've uploaded online really.) I think with Phantom Reverse, and to an extent with Blue Lights, I've stepped the quality back up to being good-ish...or at least above "shitty." My next projects are going to slowly start representing my actual artist ability, and not just the low effort eye-bleeding shit posting aesthetic I'm kinda known for now...

What are you studying?

Graphic design. I was studying programming for a little over a year, but decided to change to something more creative focused. (Though I learned tonnesssssssssss from it)

What's next?

A standalone sequel to Alula Falling.

Are you interested in working with me?

Not right now - in this specific moment I like working by myself, though I am thinking of maybe starting a collab type thing wayyy down the line.


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Annnnnddddddddddddddddd that's all for nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww................................................

(That felt very self-indulgent)

PHANTOM REVERSE 6 WILL BE UP SOON-ISH HOPEFULLY MAYBE,

HAVE A GREAT WEEK,

JACK ASTRAL -



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


Quick Phantom Reverse Update + Next Series

2017-06-20 19:54:46 by JackAstral
Updated

Hey guys, I just wanted to quickly throw up a blog post about some thingies...

1. I just uploaded "Version 1.1" patches for Phantom Reverse Episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4..

  • Locket set up was improved in episode 1 - including motivation logic in episode 3
  • Added to Melonie's character intro
  • Word counts and length were trimmed down a bit here and there
  • Added three additional visuals to episode 2's fight scene
  • Episode 1 is now titled "Phantom" on the titlescreen
  • More emotion, character and depth added to episode 4 dialogue
  • Added 2 new music tracks to episode 4
  • You can find specific brief patch notes in the description of each episode

2. I'm working on Episode 5 now

  • It should be up early next month, which will hopefully be followed by the finale (episode 6) not long after
  • The story I have planned for it is really cool so far - hopefully people will like it

3. I've decided to privatise Chronicle Bulletin

  • This is only a temporary thing. I really think I kinda screwed up that series. It was just lacking a lot of the things I think I usually do quite well - like character arcs, emotional cores and things like that. While a lot of my stuff has this kind of intentional shit-posting aesthetic, I think that series still has some inexcusably bad, lazy visuals lol. It just doesn't make sense with the tone.
  • I'll make them public again eventually - most likely after I maybe tidy them up a bit to improve these areas

4. After Phantom Reverse concludes, I'll be doing one more series this year...

  • I'll be revealing what it is later down the line, but I know it's something people have been wanting for a while.
  • It's a stand-alone sequel to something
  • It'll be 5 episodes long
  • Visually, it'll follow in the footsteps of Phantom, though will hopefully look a touch better as I'll be spending about a month on each episode.

That's all for now.

If you don't already, you can......

FOLLOW ME ON NEWGROUNDS HERE

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER HERE

OR CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE HERE

TIP MY WORK HERE

 

THANKS , HAVE A GREAT WEEK ~

- JACK ASTRAL



HI I STARTED A NEW PARANORMAL HIGH SCHOOL VISUAL NOVEL SERIES CALLED "PHANTOM REVERSE" RECENTLY

 

IT'S ABOUT A PARANORMAL CURSE KILLING STUDENTS AT A HIGH SCHOOL. IT'S DARK AND WEIRD AND FUN AND IS GOOD I THINK MAYBE

 

I JUST UPLOADED THE SECOND EPISODE.

 

PLAY THE 2ND EPISODE HERE

 

OR CHECK OUT THE FIRST EPISODE HERE IF YOU MISSED IT

 

ALSO I UPLOADED MY TINY EERY SHORT FILM TO YOUTUBE, IF YOU MISSED IT ON NEWGROUNDS:

 

THANKS HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND YES IM SORRY FOR ALL CAPS AGAIN

 

- JACK ASTRAL

 



HI THE FIRST EPISODE OF MY NEW SERIES "PHANTOM REVERSE" IS OUT NOW!

PLAY IT HERE -> http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/693080

PLZ ALSO FOLLOW ME ON NEWGROUNDS AND SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

IT'S ABOUT A CURSE THAT'S BEEN KILLING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS EVERY FRIDAY. SPOOKY!!!!!!! MYSTERIOUS!!!!!!!!!!! ACTION!!!!!!!!!! EMOTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHARACTER ARCCSSS!!!

PLAY IT PLZ

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THIS FIRST EPISODE HAS A LOT OF SET UP

BUT IT'S JUST THE NATURE OF IT. THE COMPLETE THING WILL BE MY BEST STORY EVER BY FARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!

EPISODE 2 UP AS SOON AS HUMANILY POSSIBLE!!!!

 

THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!

 

PS. SORRY FOR CAps



HI GUYS

TODAY I UPLOADED TWO LITTLE THINGS

FIRST, A TEXT BASED GAME THING CALLED "AGREE TO AGREE"

IT'S ABOUT HOW PEOPLE DON'T LISTEN TO OTHER'S OPINIONS PROPERLY ANYMORE.

PLAY IT HERE -> http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/690878

SECOND, I UPLOADED A LITTLE 1 MINUTE LONG HORROR-ISH SHORT CALLED "THE HATMAN"

IT'S LIVE ACTION BUT I UPLOADED TO NEWGROUNDS ANYWAY BECAUSE I'VE SEEN A COUPLE HERE BEFORE :O

WATCH IT HERE -> http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/690884

SO YEAH THEY'RE NOT MUCH BUT I HOPE YOU LIKE THEM

 

NEXT UP IS PHANTOM REVERSE EPISODE 1. COMING APRIL. FIRST IN A BRAND NEW VISUAL NOVEL SERIES.

 

THANKS,

- JACK ASTRAL

 

PS. SORRY FOR CAPS