Starlight – Released!


Get it now! (^_^)

Starlight Mac 1.01

Starlight Linux 1.01

Starlight Windows 1.01

Note: Small bug was found with version 1.0, please be sure to get 1.01!


27 Responses to “Starlight – Released!”

  1. M12 says:

    =O Looks very professional. I thought it was a concert poster.

  2. mistral says:

    I managed to play through most of the beginning, but an error occurred when I tried to right click:

    I’m sorry, but an exception occurred while executing your Ren’Py

    Exception: Couldn’t find file ‘images/GameMenu.png’.

    Did I do something wrong? o_o
    I could try posting the full traceback if it is also needed, but it is a little long. From what I’ve played, the introduction and atmosphere works wonderfully well together, so I look forward to playing through the rest of the game..!

  3. rocket says:

    Thanks Mistral! A fix has been uploaded as 1.01

  4. mistral says:

    Yay it works~! Thank you! I’ve gotten ending 2/3, and still trying to reach 3/3. The girls are so funny and have such distinct personalities, but I kind of feel sorry for the captain >>”

  5. Author says:

    The strangest thing for me is how all the characters look off-camera. This is the first ren-ai game I ever played, and so I cannot know if this is an aestetic and visual language of the genre, or a creative trick to let them talk to each other and the player without turning, or something else entirely. But it definitely stands out.

    Bug report 1: When played full-screen (which is the default), the picture is stretched to fit the widescreen dislplay. It should have been letterboxed off the sides at the minimum. Although it may be better to produce the whole thing 16:9, it’s 2007 after all.

    Bug report 2: “aborted Sir” is written twice in one line, after the FTL test was initially stopped.

  6. fayt says:

    I’m trying to run this game on a Mac. I have clicked on the python script, tried running it from the terminal, tried running the app file but it seems to close right away. Am I doing something wrong?

    Thanks in advance!

  7. sixten says:

    Good stuff. I played through to “Good Ending 2/3″ and I was surprised how seriously I took the choices. I used to read Star Wars and Star Trek novels a lot in the past, but quit when my tastes turned to the moe side of the force. Not only does your game bring back memories, it also indulges my desire for cuteness. It’s like an amateur Galaxy Angel. You, sir, pierce the freaking heavens.

    Like you, I am an amateur artist obsessed with moe cuteness and technical drawing, and I even attempted to make a Ren’Py visual novel in the past. The big difference between us, though, is that you’re quite a lot closer to success than I ever got! My staff either quit, or shied away from commitments to the point that I had to fire them. Although I haven’t given up, I had to scale down the project into a traditional comic book so it was more realistically completable by a single person.

    Technical Drawing Sample 1
    Technical Drawing Sample 2
    Color CG Sample 1
    Color CG Sample 2
    4koma samples

    By comparing our work, it’s clear that we share the same moe obsession and technical drawing skills, so I’m guessing we think alike. And if that “Honi!” at the end of your credits is a Potemayo reference, not only do we think alike, we are kindred spirits.

  8. Ellume says:

    Very well done! Heck, I would buy a game like this with a full story. I look forward to seeing more. *joins RSS*

  9. Ellume says:

    I ran through the game again and I’m wondering if the dialog might be backwards for the choice after Jade gives the initial commands to cut back the plasma and abort the test:

    [Still, it looks like I've got my work cut out for me.]
    Me: Nicely done, commander.

    [I guess she might just do fine after all.]
    Me: Very well.

    Just seems more natural for him to be complementing when he feels she has potential.

    Also a couple typos I saw:

    And when one side gained gained the advantage…
    —> And when one side gained the advantage…

    When Jade reports the test aborted
    Jade: Engine test aborted Sir aborted Sir.
    —> Jade: Engine test aborted, Sir.

    If your looking for some help I would be more then willing to give a few hours a week to help you out, and see this game come about. Feel free to drop me an email and we can talk about it.

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  11. And now something completely different…

    I played through a ren-ai game (actually, one episode) that Rocket posted, mostly because it runs on Linux very smoothly. Interesting, but for some odd reason I feel uncomfortable starting with the game, and at times inside. I played Leisure Suit Larry…

  12. Dinosaur Dan says:

    I have played through to all endings just because I was enjoying the universe and characters so much. The story set-up is excellent and I look forward to more being unveiled when ‘episode 1′ becomes available.
    Your work is an inspiration, pushing me to strive for more in my own game design.
    Thank you for what you have done, and thanks in advance for your future works. I am looking forward to the next installment and will be one of the first in line to download and/or purchase it.
    Keep up the great work!

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  14. Miriam says:

    I can’t even start the game… the moment I click start it says “I’m sorry, but an exception occured while executing your Ren’Py script.

    ScriptError: could not find label ‘start’.”

  15. Massimo says:

    I’m still waiting for the other chapters!!!!

    please make it!

    p.s. I’ve enjoyed it really much

  16. Chris says:

    Brilliant! I know it’s been a while, but are you still working on this project? I’d love to see more episodes because this is quite possibly one of the best VNs I’ve ever played!

  17. rocket says:


    Yup, Starlight Ep1 (in HD) is still in the works, but I’ve had a baby this year so I’m going to miss my Xmas deadline. Progress is slow, but steady.

  18. rocket says:

    Thanks also!

    Be assured there will be more Jade, Violet and Rose! However probably not this year.

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  21. Carl Carter says:

    I really liked Episode 0. Any schedule for further episodes? I know it has to be a lot of work, but the end product is fun!!

    Definitely one of the more enjoyable samples of renpy that I have played through – and I have played a lot of them!

    Good job!

  22. rocket says:

    Thanks! I’ve embarked on a new mission (child rearing) that sucked up a lot of my time last year. I’ve learned to not make any more commitments. However I do have too much work done on Ep1 to leave it on the cutting room floor forever! (^_^).

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  24. HappyHardcore says:

    I’m not sure if this blog is still active but i just player your game and i want to share my opinion.

    To be honest that was first Visual Novel i ever played. I wanted to try VN’s, i was searching for something short and set in Sci-Fi universe. So i’ve found your game and after

    playing i can tell you that it was a nice experience. I really enjoyed the game and i do want more! :)

    The story was great and exciting. I’ve played it few times (to get all endings) and haven’t got bored at all.
    Characters were funny and well designed. I really liked them (Jade was my favourite but Rose was cool too – she makes me laugh few times).
    Graphics and music were good and well-fitting to story.
    I like the universe you’ve createrd, especially when Epilogue gave a deeper look into it. It would be a really nice setting for epic space opera.
    And of course, i love all that little Sci-Fi references you’ve made :)

    In summary, i’ve found “Starlight” to be very good and entertaining game (it’s amazing you’ve made it all by yourself). Thank you.

    (Ahh, and i’m sorry for bad english. It’s not my native language.)

  25. anime says:

    Thanks guys =)
    Only one error to report Harajuku_Guy: Red Rocket Rising is missing. I’ll climb in the coming hours the whole package, with RRR within this time =)

  26. Matt says:

    I have played through all the endings and enjoyed this greatly and I am curious as to weather episode 1 is in the works of if it has been dropped. I sincerely hope not I’m exited to see the next episode

  27. DarkSpartan says:

    *pokepoke* Pardon me if I’m being a pest, but any chance is there an update on Episode 1? All sorts of fun references to some of the greatest sci-fi ever in Episode Zero, and I’m looking forward to see what’s going to get lampooned in the next ep :)