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Old 08-02-2009, 04:39 PM
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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:

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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.
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Gameplay trailer:


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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.

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Old 08-02-2009, 04:51 PM
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This looks Good!
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Old 08-02-2009, 05:12 PM
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looks good. needs to come out already cause it looks interesting.
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:27 PM
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Wow, this looks pretty darn cool.
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:35 PM
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that looks really beautiful.
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Old 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.
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looks awesome, cant wait for it to be submitted!
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:21 PM
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Looks good. I like the art style. I'm down.
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Old 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!
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Tripping the light fantastic!

I am really looking forward to this!

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

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