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Pumpkin Jack free Xmas Update now available

Full game is 30% off on the eShop for a limited time!

17 December 2020 - With today’s free Xmas Update, the critically-acclaimed 3rd-person platformer is a perfect fit for the upcoming festive period. If you missed out on Pumpkin Jack at Halloween, this is the ideal opportunity to see for yourself what all the screaming was about.

Thanks to the generosity of Santa, the update contains a new Christmas outfit for Jack which when worn makes it snow, various decorative elements in the levels (like snowmen) as well as five festive gifts in each level to collect throughout the game - finding all five in a level will unlock additional awesome surprises!

In addition to the update itself, there is a limited period discount for Nintendo Switch and PC versions - 30% off on the Nintendo eShop EU/NA, while Steam and GOG get 25% off, and the Epic Games Store 20%. One more reason for getting the indie gem over the Festive period.

Check out the new update now (again... it’s free!) and tell your audience - Jack is back with style!

Pumpkin Jack receives a new Christmas update, new trailer and press release


With today’s free Xmas Update, the critically-acclaimed 3rd-person platformer is a perfect fit for the upcoming festive period. If you missed out on Pumpkin Jack at Halloween, this is the ideal opportunity to see for yourself what all the screaming was about.

Thanks to the generosity of Santa, the update contains a new Christmas outfit for Jack which when worn makes it snow, various decorative elements in the levels (like snowmen) as well as five festive gifts in each level to collect throughout the game - finding all five in a level will unlock additional awesome surprises!

In addition to the update itself, there is a limited period discount for Nintendo Switch and PC versions - 30% off on the Nintendo eShop EU/NA, while Steam and GOG get 25% off, and the Epic Games Store 20%. One more reason for getting the indie gem over the Festive period.

Check out the new update now (again... it’s free!) and tell your audience - Jack is back with style!

Pumpkin Jack hits Switch in Japan on Nov. 26th

The nightmare before the Christmas season!

Previously released in other regions, Pumpkin Jack is soon seeing a Switch release in Japan from publisher Beep Japan. Launching via the eShop on November 26th for ¥3,490, you can check out the official Japanese trailer above.

Pumpkin Jack is a spooky scary 3D platformer in which you embody Jack, the Mythical Pumpkin Lord! Dive into an Epic Adventure through otherworldly landscapes and help the Evil annihilate the Good!

Update now available for Pumpkin Jack

So boss

Pumpkin Jack has gotten a new update today, and as far as we can tell, it only includes one fix. This patch fixes a bug impacting the final boss. If any other patch notes for this update are revealed, we'll make sure to add them to this post.

Pumpkin Jack available on Switch today

Jack attack

The mid-tier game has been dead for years now, but the team behind Pumpkin Jack is aiming to bring it back. Can they make a dent with this new mascot action-adventure? Let's hope so, because the industry could do well with a few more mid-tier games! See what Pumpkin Jack has to offer in the press release below.

This year Halloween is starting early on October 23rd: The dazzlingly spooky 3D platformer Pumpkin Jack is going to be unleashed on the Nintendo eShop EU/NA*.

The price for the scratch to everyone's Halloween itch is $29.99, €29.99 and £24.99 on all platforms, each with a 20% launch discount.

To get in the right mood you can also buy the soundtrack for $7.99, €7.99, £6.59, it is available on Steam, GOG, and ffm.to for several digital platforms.

In case you didn't know yet: Pumpkin Jack was created by one single developer, Nicolas Meyssonnier, so for honoring him for this astonishing achievement feel free leave a "thumbs up" at the Launch Trailer and join him on Discord or Twitter!

About Pumpkin Jack

Pumpkin Jack is a spooky scary 3D platformer in which you embody Jack, the Mythical Pumpkin Lord. Dive into an epic adventure through otherworldly landscapes and help the Evil annihilate the Good!

Follow the will of the Devil himself and slay your nemesis in an epic quest that will take you on a journey in the Boredom Kingdom, a mythical realm shattered by the curse. You will meet friends along the way, from a haughty owl to a snarky crow!

Discover stunning atmospheres in a colorful yet spooky scary Kingdom. Travel through epic and dramatic settings, with each level having its own eerie atmosphere. Using a vibrant palette and high-quality lighting effects, Pumpkin Jack invents its own unique cartoon universe inspired by the classic PS2 graphic style, made with Unreal Engine 4.

Pumpkin Jack is a classic 3D Platformer before anything else! Every level will challenge you through several themed platforms, all giving you new trials to complete. You will have to master the arts of dodging, timing, and movement to vanquish Jack's foes. During the dynamic real time battles, choose which weapon you want to use and strike at the critical moment!

Solve puzzles that focus on physics, gravity and reflection. Inhabit a pumpkin head and burn books, hammer some moles, create a path for magic spheres… And there is more: In each level, you will be faced with an action sequence using a new exclusive gameplay!

Features include:

Colorful Cartoon Setting: Travel through lurid landscapes in levels featuring alluring atmospheres, each crafted with vibrant color palettes, and high-quality lighting effects

Fight For Your Life: With challenging beasts lurking around every corner, players must master the art of combo attacks; dodging, and timing to survive dynamic real-time battles! Players must unlock weapons and choose wisely in order to strike down all who oppose them

Don't Lose Your Head: Solve puzzles that focus on physics; gravity, and reflection as Jack, or ditch the skinsuit and just use your flaming head to burn books; hammer some moles, create paths for magic spheres; and more as each level introduces new and exciting challenges

Find Friends to Fight at Your Side: Helpful companions are there to assist Jack on his journey, including a haughty hooty owl to guide him along; and a snarky crow, itching to assist with long-range attacks

Pumpkin Jack - more gameplay



Pumpkin Jack is a spooky scary 3D platformer in which you embody Jack, the Mythical Pumpkin Lord! Dive into an Epic Adventure through otherworldly landscapes and help the Evil annihilate the Good!

Pumpkin Jack soundtrack set to launch on Oct. 23rd, 2020

That's a fact, Jack!

Pumpkin Jack comes to Switch on Oct. 23rd, 2020, and today we've learned that the soundtrack releases on the same day. It will be available to stream and purchase on multiple platforms, including the Bandcamp embed above. You can listen to one preview track today, and if you like what you hear, you can use this link to see what digital shops will be selling the OST.

Pumpkin Jack - Official launch trailer and press release


Pumpkin Jack is a spooky scary 3D platformer in which you embody Jack, the Mythical Pumpkin Lord. Dive into an epic adventure through otherworldly landscapes and help the Evil annihilate the Good!

Follow the will of the Devil himself and slay your nemesis in an epic quest that will take you on a journey in the Boredom Kingdom, a mythical realm shattered by the curse. You will meet friends along the way, from a haughty owl to a snarky crow!

Discover stunning atmospheres in a colorful yet spooky scary Kingdom. Travel through epic and dramatic settings, with each level having its own eerie atmosphere. Using a vibrant palette and high-quality lighting effects, Pumpkin Jack invents its own unique cartoon universe inspired by the classic PS2 graphic style, made with Unreal Engine 4.

Pumpkin Jack is a classic 3D Platformer before anything else! Every level will challenge you through several themed platforms, all giving you new trials to complete. You will have to master the arts of dodging, timing, and movement to vanquish Jack’s foes. During the dynamic real time battles, choose which weapon you want to use and strike at the critical moment!

Solve puzzles that focus on physics, gravity and reflection. Inhabit a pumpkin head and burn books, hammer some moles, create a path for magic spheres… And there is more: In each level, you will be faced with an action sequence using a new exclusive gameplay!

Key Features

  • Colorful Cartoon Setting – Travel through lurid landscapes in levels featuring alluring atmospheres, each crafted with vibrant color palettes, and high-quality lighting effects.
  • Fight For Your Life – With challenging beasts lurking around every corner, players must master the art of combo attacks; dodging, and timing to survive dynamic real-time battles! Players must unlock weapons and choose wisely in order to strike down all who oppose them.
  • Don’t Lose Your Head – Solve puzzles that focus on physics; gravity, and reflection as Jack, or ditch the skinsuit and just use your flaming head to burn books; hammer some moles, create paths for magic spheres; and more as each level introduces new and exciting challenges.
  • Find Friends to Fight at Your Side – Helpful companions are there to assist Jack on his journey, including a haughty hooty owl to guide him along; and a snarky crow, itching to assist with long-range attacks.


Pumpkin Jack developer explains how the game went from cancelled to releasing later this month

Hit the road, Jack

Pumpkin Jack looks like one of those classic mid-range games that used to be all over the gaming scene back in the early 2000s. Games that provided great experiences, but didn't have insane budgets like AAA titles. It's nice to see that kind of game pop up nowadays, but how in the world did it come to be?

Developer Nicolas Meyssonier shared a blog about his work on the project, and reveals that the entire thing was actually cancelled at one point. Thankfully things didn't stay that way, and Meyssonier stuck with the idea to see it through to the end. Read the entire story of Pumpkin Jack's creation below.

"Once upon a time in a far away kingdom... I was looking for a game on Steam. Something that would be colorful as well as a single player experience offering a great adventure. Even after weeks of searching I was not able to find what I was looking for. I am pretty sure that happened because I was unconsciously looking for something being exact like my favorite game of my childhood, Jak & Daxter, which was unfortunately never ported to the PC.

That was when an idea came to my mind: If the one I am searching for is not available, why not create my own game? I had no idea how easy or hard this would be, I just wanted to do this. So everything started with a simple search on Google: "How to make games". Yeah, it sounds like a cheap cliché, but it was the beginning of a (felt) endlessly long learning process.

At first, I wanted to make a scarecrow that could control crows. True, it's a stereotype. But hey, that’s the way everything began. I learned to create 3D models, made my first scarecrow, taught myself how to animate it and learned how to integrate it into the Unreal Engine. Thanks to modern software we have nowadays, those steps only took me one week! Following that, I created more animations to let the scarecrow attack, and made some monsters to have something for it to attack.

A few months later I canceled the project because it felt not good enough. I started all over again with my newly learned skills, and it worked way better! But I canceled it again, remade it, canceled it again, and again, and again... I believe I started and stopped the project six times in total until I was satisfied with what finally laid the foundation for 'Curse of the Scarecrow', what the project was called then!"

"Two years later I released a first demo on Itch.io. It had gone wild and was much, much more successful than I expected! At this point I started to realize that my little project might have the potential to become something way bigger than what I aimed for initially. I received emails from YouTubers, streamers and even publishers who wanted to help me with the game. This was insane, I just couldn't realize what was happening. But believe me, I was incredibly happy!

Finally I decided to quit my job (I worked for a French game development studio) and started to work full time on Curse of The Scarecrow. People seemed to like my game, and so did I and wanted to spend more time on it. I was looking for a publisher and so I wanted to deliver the best game I could, and I decided to cancel the game once again and (you guessed it) re-built it once more. Why again? Because I want to deliver the best possible experience to you players out there! And so, Curse of The Scarecrow died, and Pumpkin Jack emerged.

From that point onwards I had the chance to work with the guys from the German-based publisher Headup, who helped me out and made this game possible. Today it is a huge pleasure and a very huge honor to see my own game, my childhood dream game, on its way to be available very soon on PC and consoles!

I have learned so much on this long journey - professionally, but also personally. Finally, what is the moral of this story with a happy ending? You yourself are responsible for making your dreams come true! Yeah, and that's definitely a good ending, too."

Pumpkin Jack shouldn't be missed on any "Games to play on Halloween" list. Featuring a spine-crawling array of gameplay mechanics, players will have an entertaining playtime of 5-8 hours, hunt for all collectibles and and try out the dedicated speedrun mode afterwards.

Pumpkin Jack slated for release on October 23rd, new trailer and press release available


Pumpkin Jack is a spooky scary 3D platformer in which you embody Jack, the Mythical Pumpkin Lord. Dive into an epic adventure through otherworldly landscapes and help the Evil annihilate the Good!

Follow the will of the Devil himself and slay your nemesis in an epic quest that will take you on a journey in the Boredom Kingdom, a mythical realm shattered by the curse. You will meet friends along the way, from a haughty owl to a snarky crow!

Discover stunning atmospheres in a colorful yet spooky scary Kingdom. Travel through epic and dramatic settings, with each level having its own eerie atmosphere. Using a vibrant palette and high-quality lighting effects, Pumpkin Jack invents its own unique cartoon universe inspired by the classic PS2 graphic style, made with Unreal Engine 4.

Pumpkin Jack is a classic 3D Platformer before anything else! Every level will challenge you through several themed platforms, all giving you new trials to complete. You will have to master the arts of dodging, timing, and movement to vanquish Jack’s foes. During the dynamic real time battles, choose which weapon you want to use and strike at the critical moment!

Solve puzzles that focus on physics, gravity and reflection. Inhabit a pumpkin head and burn books, hammer some moles, create a path for magic spheres… And there is more: In each level, you will be faced with an action sequence using a new exclusive gameplay!

Features include:

Colorful Cartoon Setting: Travel through lurid landscapes in levels featuring alluring atmospheres, each crafted with vibrant color palettes, and high-quality lighting effects

Fight For Your Life: With challenging beasts lurking around every corner, players must master the art of combo attacks; dodging, and timing to survive dynamic real-time battles! Players must unlock weapons and choose wisely in order to strike down all who oppose them

Don’t Lose Your Head: Solve puzzles that focus on physics; gravity, and reflection as Jack, or ditch the skinsuit and just use your flaming head to burn books; hammer some moles, create paths for magic spheres; and more as each level introduces new and exciting challenges

Find Friends to Fight at Your Side: Helpful companions are there to assist Jack on his journey, including a haughty hooty owl to guide him along; and a snarky crow, itching to assist with long-range attacks


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