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08-02-2009, 04:39 PM
Joined: Jul 2009
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Hi everyone,

I just submitted Astral to the App Store today, so hopefully you'll be able to play it this month. Since I visit Touch Arcade regularly, I figured I'd announce it here first.

Here's the App Store description:

Astral is an experimental marriage of Pacifism-style gameplay and two electronic sitar-themed tracks. Abstract visuals light up and change colors with the music, creating a playable light show.

Precise controls let you deftly maneuver among ever-growing swarms, leading them towards strings which explode the swarms once plucked.

The game features two modes, one for each track. One track is faster and upbeat, with arcade-style gameplay to match. The other track is darker and more ambient, with more relaxed gameplay.
Some screenshots:

Gameplay trailer:

Youtube link | Pop Up

If you've played the Pacifism mode in Geometry Wars 2, you'll be familiar with the gameplay immediately, although there are some differences. As a rule, I don't like knockoffs, and this is as close to a knockoff as I'll ever make again. It actually started off as a programming exercise and a way for me to play Pacifism on the go, but as I experimented with the visuals I felt it turned into something interesting in its own right.

Creator of Astral, a New & Noteworthy and Top 100 Arcade and Action game!
Astral Website | facebook.com/astral | TA thread.

Last edited by emitcollect; 08-03-2009 at 05:51 PM.
08-02-2009, 04:51 PM
This looks Good!

Originally Posted by zoo View Post
Something along the lines of "You have bought 10 hats! A new hat is available for purchase in the store". But no hat.

Edit: I realize I am overly concerned about this hat.

08-02-2009, 05:12 PM
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looks good. needs to come out already cause it looks interesting.
08-02-2009, 06:27 PM
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Wow, this looks pretty darn cool.
08-02-2009, 06:35 PM
that looks really beautiful.

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08-02-2009, 06:42 PM
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Whoa! This is a great twist on 'pacifism mode'.
Will be getting this day one.
08-02-2009, 07:14 PM
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looks awesome, cant wait for it to be submitted!

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08-02-2009, 07:21 PM
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Looks good. I like the art style. I'm down.

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08-03-2009, 04:12 PM
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Glad you guys are digging the style! I'm a big fan of Tetsuya Mizuguchi and Kenta Cho, and I'm just getting my feet wet experimenting with abstract graphics. Especially abstract graphics affected by the music. Hopefully the first of many!

Creator of Astral, a New & Noteworthy and Top 100 Arcade and Action game!
Astral Website | facebook.com/astral | TA thread.
08-03-2009, 04:19 PM
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Tripping the light fantastic!

I am really looking forward to this!

Is there any significance to the 'cloud' turning green?

Originally Posted by NickFalk View Post

Worst idea ever!

Last edited by drelbs; 08-03-2009 at 05:12 PM.