Posts Tagged Zombies
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Dude is cool. Dude kills zombies. “Wow, that’s bloody,” says the woman commenting in the video.
“Sir Death possesses elements of a serious zombie game but lightens the mood with the sheer coolness of the protagonist,” said Kyu Lee, head of Gamevil. “We are sure fans will find it an easy game to pick up and play for hours of zombie-killing fun.”
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tons of guns, wacky mecha-machines, and hordes of Zombies to splatter? What’s not to like? Gamevil announced its latest, Zombie Gunner, today. It’s free and in the App Store now. The game itself was funded via Gamevil’s Partner Fund, which sees the larger company supporting indie developers to publish their games across the globe.
Zombie Gunner is an action arcade game in which users must protect civilians while in search for the protagonist’s daughter amidst a zombie apocalypse. The cause of the imminent chaos is not revealed as the hero finds himself surrounded by zombies and a broken town. Users are able to equip the hero with various weapons ranging in size and type. Though out the journey, the hero runs into other characters who help him along the way while revealing clues as to his daughter’s whereabouts. With a multitude of stage challenges and boss battles, Zombie Gunner brings blood splattering joy to the side-scrolling action genre.
I make no attempt to hide my adoration for Organ Trail: Director’s Cut. I love this game and I’m proud of it. So having the opportunity to ask The Men Who Wear Many Hats – specifically Ryan Wiemeyer, co-owner and designer – a few questions was quite exciting. From the Flash game with over half a million fans to their new Greenlight venture, it’s all fair game for these enterprising haberdashers. Okay so they don’t necessarily make the hats but you get the idea.
So, Oregon Trail with a brilliant twist. It must’ve been fun conceptualizing the original Flash game and putting it all together, huh?
You probably want more than that, huh? It was really easy since we were just making a 1-to-1 conversion of the game with new art and text. It really helped keep us in scope since we had an exact playable target of what we were aiming for right in front of us at all times.
And then there’s the Kickstarter project that resulted in the iOS Director’s Cut. What made you decide to try and adapt/improve the original version into a mobile game?
The fans. We included this feature in the flash version where you could easily leave comments for us about the game. A large number of people told us they wanted it for mobile. And as the number of players for the flash version broke half a million, business people started to tell me we REALLY needed to make a mobile version. But I didn’t feel comfortable just porting and selling it when there was a free version on our website. So we devised a way to make the game bigger and worth paying for while also moving away from the source material so we could proudly call it our own.
Were there any significant hiccups along the way such as platform constraints to adjust to or other issues? Anything you were expecting to be a problem that actually wasn’t?
Our biggest issues have been dealing with the Kickstarter backers. We found out the hard way the android doesn’t do gifting and iOS won’t let you gift internationally so we had scramble to make sure the backers that had pre-ordered it were going to be happy. Not to mention the month or so we couldn’t touch the game because we were dealing with all the reward shipments. Most of the platform specific issues were handled by Unity, our development engine, or Michael Block, the lead programmer.
Do you have an aspect or mechanic in Organ Trail that’s your favorite? I personally enjoy the little detail of putting a party member down. Love the contextual bullet impact animations.
Yea everybody loves killing their friends. In the flash version it was just a text popup but we wanted to embellish on it. We added the animations and made it so you had to pull the trigger yourself. And then we went the extra mile and added hit zones so you can actually put your friend down by shooting them in the crotch. People seem to enjoy that. I also like that we managed to add like… 10 or 12 new combat modes to the game. It really helps with the monotony of the flash version, which was the goal.
I was also pleasantly surprised with the boss fights. Were there others you had in mind that never made the cut (save the theorized zombie squid)? Any chance there might be more added in the future?
Honestly the boss fights feel off to me right now. The bear is unkillable and most people don’t know that so they die trying to shoot it down. And the dogs are way too hard, last time I played. There is also no pay-off for defeating them which is a big missed opportunity. I think the boss fights might add more frustration than fun in their current state. We might try and balance them better. Boss fights was actually one of the $500, “Buy a new mechanic,” rewards on Kickstarter. The original suggestion for a boss fight was actually a giant zombie octopus. I though it was too silly for our sometimes-serious-game. But at this point I think it would be really cool and exciting for the end boss fight so I’m eager to see how it could work out. I’m a huge fan of Resident Evil and they always have giant crazy boss monsters that end up being really memorable. So, I figure I should take a note from my favorite zombie franchise.
And now Greenlight. Are you finding this endeavor to be any more or less stressful than the Kickstarter project?
Greenlight has been a real pain but probably also a blessing. The only reason it could be considered less stressful than Kickstarter is because there is no real time deadline and no real failure state. We just kinda sit in there until we get greenlit. Again, my biggest concern is getting it out on PC/Mac for the Kickstarter backers. I feel bad every day they have to wait. The advantage to greenlight is that we’ve had around 70k hits to the page. Not to mention this Content Campaign we are running which is getting us some another odd 30k hits here and there from press attention. More eyeballs on the game is always good.
One of the strange elements we are tackling is the total lack of accountability for people who are supporting us. We cannot reward them or talk to them directly like we could on Kickstarter. So we had to come up with rewards that everybody can enjoy. This is why we mostly went with adding new content to the game. The downside is that we get people thinking that we are doing this “hostage voting” thing where we are holding back content. That’s entirely not true. The game is done and we were set to never touch it again but we decided we would be willing to jump back in if the community can help us out and we know we can get more sales and justify going back into this finished product of ours. It’s easy to say that some people are less enthused.
The Kickstarter was a lot easier to run because there was an established system with live updates and it’s a great community that people can get behind. For “The Greenlight Trail” We have to introduce our game, what we are doing and greenlight (Which most people who are using it have no idea what it is yet.) It’s a hard sell. And on top of that… We currently exist in this strange black box where we get very little information about how we are doing. No on I know has changed rank for over a week and we don’t know how to update our fans on how we are doing because we don’t really know…
I’m really liking the tiered rewards – although I think the aim assist is for wimps – however I noticed that most of it seems to be intended for the PC/Mac/possible Linux releases. Just how “for now” do you think that will be? What I mean is I wants it on my phone, too!
We get a lot of complaints about the controls being too hard to use. My girlfriend can easily beat scavenging with deadly zombie activity, while pitching the game idea (at PAX) while playing upside-down. So yes… some people are wimps. But we want wimps to be able to enjoy the game too. So we will just reward people who don’t use the aim assist.
In regards to the PC/Mac/Linux only stuff, since we are working in Unity and all builds are basically the same… there is little reason to hold content from the mobile version. Unless, that is… it doesn’t work for the resolution or touch controls. We are saying “for now” on certain things because for instance… the nude patch… although hilarious and not really obscene in any way… could easily get us pulled from the app store. So we might try and call it “pink baby mode” or something for mobile… if people really want to see it.
The CRT filter will only work well on a monitor since it will be a somewhat high def effect and might cause some distortion for some of the buttons and combat… We aren’t really sure how that will work out, haha. We just though it might be a fun idea.
We plan on charging more for the Steam version and a some Steam users are getting up in arms since there isn’t really any extra content for it… so how can we justify the price? Well I’ll tell you the mobile version is well under-pricedb for the amount of content and time that went into that game. But we needed to be realistic for the market. So, I was trying to find some way to justify giving Steam users something extra. But it’s so hard since there are so few reason to not put something the mobile version… it costs us almost nothing to do so. So… I still don’t know how that will all turn out. I think if something cool is in the game… everyone will get it. That’s probably what will happen.
Short of jumping on Steam and thumbing-up for Organ Trail for Greenlight, is there anything else any of us can do to help make all the awesomeness a reality?
It’s less about the voting… which obviously we need you to do. But more about sharing it. Getting the word out. Telling people about our game and all the cool stuff we want to do and mostly share this link with everyone you know: http://www.hatsproductions.com/organtraildc/greenlight.html
Another weird hurdle: There was no way to integrate the Content Campaign into the Steam page so we had to make it on our own website and a lot of people just end up sharing the steam page… which means no one sees the cool stuff we are trying to do. There is this frustrating disconnect.
We easily get a thousand people to the greenlight page a day… so it’s strange because if you get someone to tweet about it… that might get a friend or two to see it and vote… which at the end of the day isn’t really make a big a dent as I would like. So we are trying to find bigger ways to reach more people. This… no money, twitter only marketing approach isn’t working for us as much anymore. This is sort of the big leagues. So… if you know anyone famous… get them to tweet about it for us, thanks! Haha.
As of writing this… we only have 13 days left to make a big splash and get out by October… (yikes)
Assuming everything goes according to plan and the ultimate edition of Organ Trail becomes a thing and we have a begrudgingly made *other* zombie game to tide us over, where to from there? Even more content updates for Organ Trail? Revisiting other projects? An altogether new project? A much needed break?
I don’t get a break. I quit my job to do this full time. We have a lot of idea we are prototyping and talking about. We’re trying to find ideas that excite us but right now there is this nagging, “I have to pay rent,” feeling. So time and money are currently a factor in our designs and I hate it. I would love to get to the point where we can just make whatever we want without having to limit ourselves because I only have 6 months of money left. I know that’s probably pretty selfish but that’s the reason I quit my job; so I can be selfish and enjoy myself.
I guess the other goal is to become someone in the indie scene. I would love to have one of our games in the IGF or Indiecade or anything like that. This is less about fame and ego… although I have a pretty sizable ego, but more about accountability. I feel like if people expect great things from you… you tend to raise your own bar a little. So I’m hoping to use outside pressure to turn us into a diamond… or something like that. Also I just love indies and want to meet more of them. Great folk.
Finally, is there any sage-like advice you’d be willing to pass on to other independent game developers out there?
Those moments where it’s hardest to focus, when you feel like you have writers block or just can’t make any progress; those are the most important chances you have to becoming a better developer/person and push yourself. Set a new standard for yourself.
Also, advice I think about every day: “Sucking at something is the first step to becoming sort of good at something.” -Jake the dog.
Organ Trail: Director’s Cut can be had on the App Store right now for $2.99. You can also “demo” the game in a manner of speaking via the original Flash version. And don’t forget to vote on Greenlight!
What is Six To Start?: Six To Start describes itself as next-gen storytellers. Made up of a variety of different staff from backgrounds as diverse as the theatre and neuroscience, the company works on online games, as well as apps for iOS, each with the focus on storytelling as well as providing memorable experiences. One glance at the team page on the company site ably demonstrates just how varied skillsets the team offer.
What is Six To Start most famous for?
Zombies, Run! One of the most successful Kickstarter projects in recent times, Zombies, Run! manages to make running (or walking) fun by adding a zombie twist to proceedings. Stick your headphones in as you run and an immersive audio adventure kicks in, distracting you from the aches and pains as well as telling a fantastic story, courtesy of award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman.
What’s next on the horizon?
There’s been a steady stream of new content for Zombies, Run! since it launched earlier this year but CEO Adrian Hon has promised us that a new app, Zombies, Run! 5k Training, will be out in the near future, aimed directly at beginner runners. New updates for Zombies, Run! will continue, also.
Anything else I should know about Six To Start?
Yup! We asked Adrian Hon how Zombies, Run! came about.
148apps: What was the inspiration behind creating Zombies, Run?
Adrian: It came from a couple of places – I’ve been a runner for a long time now, but it didn’t come naturally! I only really got into it with the help of gadgets like the Garmin Forerunner GPS watch, which at least helped you see how much you were improving. The problem was that they didn’t make running any more interesting or fun, and even when GPS tracking apps became commonplace, no-one seemed to be making running games for smartphones, so it was something that I’ve wanted to do for some time.
The other half of the inspiration came from our co-creator and writer Naomi Alderman, who fairly recently joined a running club. When they asked people why they’d joined, some people said ‘to get fit’, others ‘to lose weight’, but one person said, ‘to survive the zombie apocalypse’! We put two and two together, and that’s where Zombies, Run! came from!
148apps: What’s your favourite thing about iOS development?
Adrian: There’s a lot to like – the solid development environment, the consistency across devices (although the iPhone 5 does make our life a little more difficult!), the comparative smoothness of publishing on iTunes Connect, and the absolutely massive potential audience. It’s not perfect, but it’s very good.
Where can I find out more about Six To Start?
Quite a few places. The Six To Start website is a good starting place, there’s also the Twitter page. For more zombie based updates, check out the official Zombies, Run! website and its Twitter account. And, of course, we’ll keep you informed on any updates and the progress of Zombies, Run! 5k Training
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Popcap have released an update to Plants vs. Zombies on the iPhone and iPad. It comes as the closest we’ve seen to DLC on iOS, via an in-app purchase for the Last Stand Game Pack. Interesting. Here’s the change log:
Make Your Stand
The Last Stand Game Pack (100,000 coins for in-app purchase of $.99) features 5 new levels, plus Last Stand Endless mode that provides an exciting new variant of the game’s classic Endless mode.
Unlock 3 new achievements: Hammer Time, Still Standing and The Stuff of Legends, which bring the game’s total achievements to 48 for iPad and 47 for iPhone.
As Smart as a Bag of Hammers
Pick up a new Mallet Pack to help whack zombies in Survival and Last Stand Endless modes. Check out Crazy Dave’s Shop for more details.
Full Retina Display Support for iPad
Enjoy sharp, crisp graphics that enhance the playing experience for iPad.
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Telltale Games has revealed that the second episode of the amazing Walking Dead game will be released on Thursday of this week. We took a look at Episode One when it came out earlier this year and loved it. I, personally, can’t wait – I’ve played through Episode One and really want to play through this next installment.
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Chillingo today announced a new update for Tiny Troopers, their “adorable little war game.” The update includes a zombie mode, as all good war shooters should, apparently. Also, interested gamers can try it out before taking the plunge for the full version with a Lite version.
The new 1.2 Endless Zombie Mode takes Troopers on the hardest mission they’ve ever experienced as they battle hordes of the undead:
- Players face endless waves of brain-munching zombies, including undead chickens!
- Fight your way to the top of the Game Center leaderboards.
- Use all your favorite special forces troopers to take down the undead.
In an email today, developer Kukouri’s marketing manager, Chris Carver, provided the reason why. “We’ve put Tiny Troopers, our game for iOS on sale for .99 to test the waters and see how players react,” he wrote. “Most reviews and comments thought our price point of 2.99 was a wee high, so we wanted to see if people put their money where their mouth is so to speak.”
What do you think? Will it make you take the plunge? Here’s our review.
This week at 148Apps.com, we gave the Editor’s Choice award to Organ Trail: Director’s Cut. Reviewer Rob Rich had this to say about the game: “There’s something timeless about The Oregon Trail. Gearing up and heading west across the country in order to settle in some promising new territory, braving all manner of hardships and diseases along the way, it’s a game that just about everyone loves. Wait a second, the “E” is missing. It’s not Oregon Trail? It’s actually Organ Trail? Well I don’t see what the big difference-OHMYGOD ZOMBIES!!!
Organ Trail: Director’s Cut is a throwback to the classic era of computer gaming. Back when we had to load these things using floppy disks, and in-game sounds consisted entirely of varying forms of *BOOP*. Much like its pioneer era inspiration, the game tasks players with preparing for a cross-country road trip and naming party members after friends in order to make them feel bad when they inevitably die in horrible ways. Only this time it’s during a modern zombie apocalypse, and instead of hunting for food and fording rivers they’ll be scrounging for meager supplies while fending off the walking dead and creeping through zombie hordes.”
Released: 2012-08-09 :: Category: Games
Everything was about back to school at GiggleApps.com, where reviewer Amy Solomon had this to say about Murky Reef 1st-2nd Grade Reading, Science and Math: “Parents will appreciate how this app incorporates the Common Core standards for Grades 1 and 2 while keeping children engaged and entertained, especially as children prepare for school to start again soon and need to begin to get back to the business of focusing on school work.
Murky Reef is a collection of 22 interactive games which teach a great deal about the animals of the coral reef as well as include math, logic and language exercises.”
Released: 2011-09-30 :: Category: Education
Finally, on 148Apps.biz, Carter Dotson reported on the rise of the app developer middle class, saying, “While there’s often much pessimism among developers as far as the challenges of money making on mobile apps goes, analytics firm Flurry’s latest report discusses how the revenue among mobile apps is being distributed. With it, there’s evidence that an app developer ‘middle class’ is forming, as with more revenue being spent on mobile apps, developers do not need to reach the kind of high ranks that they did in the past to make the same kind of revenue. As well, the ‘long tail’ of revenue is getting longer.”
This week at 148Apps.com, writer Carter Dotson explored all things Zombie with his Favorite Four list. He writes, “May is Zombie Awareness Month. While pop culture seems intent on making us aware of zombies on a regular basis, this is the special month for zombies. May is almost over, but that doesn’t mean there’s not just enough time left to celebrate with some zombie-themed apps.”
Released: 2011-10-27 :: Category: Games
Meanwhile, everything over at GiggleApps got dotty, as Amy Solomon reviewed Dot Collector, saying, “Dot Collector is a very nice universal app for the youngest children with simple game play, wonderfully bright colors and soothing sounds that babies will enjoy. This app is utterly intuitive to use as players need to simply drag moving dots into a black dot, clearing the board. A new dot is added to each additional level, adding to the game play.”
Released: 2012-02-29 :: Category: Education
Finally, Kevin Stout on 148Apps.biz reported on the increasing numbers of young children using smartphones. Stout writes, “There’s no such thing as to young when it comes to smartphones and tablets. When keeping in mind the younger audiences when developing apps, even the youngest of children have a high percentage of exposure to mobile devices. An infographic released by Schools.com has reported that 38% of 0-8 year-olds have used tablets or smartphones.”
That’t it for this Memorial Day week. Summer’s here, so keep your eyes on 148Apps.com, our Twitter and Facebook feeds to make sure you get the latest app news, reviews and contests. See you next week, tovarish!
May is Zombie Awareness Month. While pop culture seems intent on making us aware of zombies on a regular basis, this is the special month for zombies. May is almost over, but that doesn’t mean there’s not just enough time left to celebrate with some zombie-themed apps.
Zombies, Run!: Rule #1 of zombie survival? Cardio. What better way to get that than with a fitness app/game that has players trying to outrun virtual hordes of zombies? Missions can be done and survival accessories completed by jogging. There’s even a “Zombie Chases” mode that turns interval training into having to occasionally go faster when the zombie horde nears. Custom playlists can be used, with in-game audio occasionally cutting in to advance the story.
Zombieville USA 2: The best way to survive a zombie infestation is by sticking together. Thankfully, Zombieville USA 2 comes with multiplayer options, including online over Game Center for 2 people. Ever see a man in a trucker hat with a shotgun ward off zombies together with a goth girl using a katana? Zombieville USA 2 players have.
Released: 2011-10-27 :: Category: Games
The Walking Dead: The best way to understand the enemy is to read about them. Also, to learn from the mistakes of those who tried to survive before. This app lets users buy issues of the groundbreaking comic written by Robert Kirkman, and read them on iPhone and iPad. The app features all the latest issues, as well as collections of past issues.
Released: 2010-10-22 :: Category: Books
Zombie Gunship: After trying to survive the zombies, why not eliminate them? This shooter has added new environments to kill since its original launch, but the goal remains the same: take out hordes of zombies from a hovering gunship, while keeping them away from the humans’ stronghold. After years of zombie media where frantic and panicked survival on limited resources was the focus, being able to blow zombies away with deadly weaponry is just satisfying. Also satisfying? The game’s AirPlay Mirroring support, for watching zombie guys going everywhere on the big screen.