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Zogma: Tactical Zombie Survival Simulator

11-04-2009, 02:14 AM
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Zogma: Tactical Zombie Survival Simulator

Hi Everyone,

My name's Chris, Managing Director of Jumbo Squid Productions

Right now I'm really stoked to announce that Zogma: Tactical Zombie Survival Simulator is approaching Beta and is only a few weeks away from submission to the app store. OMG you say, more Zombies? Damn straight more zombies. Zogma is a tribute to the zombie franchise, its clichéd, its kitsch and it's awesome.



As the title says we're building a "Tactical Zombie Survival Simulator", in which the player will take charge of a group of hard-pressed survivors as they battle to defend one of the world's last strong points against a never ending undead horde.

Features:
  • Three Distinct Levels: Defend a farm house, hospital or a surrounded diner car from hungry hordes.
  • Full Weapon Upgrade Path: allows the player to make strategic choices with weapon combinations, reinforcing defences and upgrading their arsenal.
  • Plus+ Integration: Full online scoring and achievements, can you be the best survivor out there? Compare the amount of time you survived against other players results. Competitions will be run for the players who can survive longest. Back yourself against your friends to see who can survive the most days from first infection!
  • Global Outbreak: See how your country is tracking against the outbreak using our Global Outbreak map!
  • Full Day/Night cycles: The passing of the days will be reflected in a genuine night / day cycle. If killings zombies by day seems hard, wait till you try it by torch light!
  • Comic Style appearance: Fun and pleasing on the eye, we press ganged veteran cartoonist Rhys McDonald to give Zogma the look and feel we wanted!


Feedback is 100% appreciated!

We're also running an artistic comp with iPod Touches up for grabs! If you’re a creative writer or know how to draw then head over to http://zogma.mobi/comp/ for more details!

Follow our progress on our blog, http://zogma.mobi/ and head over there for a video and more screenshots.

Cheers guys!


Last edited by FrakinKraken; 11-04-2009 at 02:20 AM. Reason: cause
11-04-2009, 02:39 AM
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Woooo~~ Another Plus+ game

Do you have bigger images? or a video? These looks pretty small.

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11-04-2009, 02:43 AM
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There's a vid on their website: http://zogma.mobi/

Looks interesting.
11-04-2009, 02:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Prab View Post
Woooo~~ Another Plus+ game

Do you have bigger images? or a video? These looks pretty small.
Videos of the Alpha build are up on the website, expect to see updated Beta screenshots and videos over the coming week.
11-04-2009, 02:55 AM
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Woohoo! Looking forward to them

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11-04-2009, 02:55 AM
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Thanks! I missed the part where you mentioned where to find the videos and screens

Anyway, I see more than 1 person shooting sometimes (up to 3), how are the controls for this?

Crystal, OpenFeint, Plus+, Disc Drivin: Prab | Game Center: PrabSG
11-04-2009, 03:13 AM
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Thanks! I missed the part where you mentioned where to find the videos and screens

Anyway, I see more than 1 person shooting sometimes (up to 3), how are the controls for this?
There's a few different game play mechanics with the shooting.

Firstly your survivors will automatically fire at the nearest target unless instructed otherwise. This will suffice to a point but if you rely only on this you'll get swamped pretty quickly. Given the aim is to survive longer then anyone else in the world you'll want to try one of the other options

You can instruct survivors to target specific zombies in which case they'll target them until dead or given a different target. The advantage of this over auto targeting is it allows you to take out the greatest threat (i.e ranged opponent or fast moving opponent) AND the survivor fires at a greatly increased rate of fire.

Alternatively if you hold your finger on the screen the survivor will fire down the line you're drawing also at an increased ROF. This is great for weapons like the shotgun where you can spread buckshot over multiple targets.

So basically there's a degree of auto fire and micro managing survivors. The player will really need to take advantage of the increase ROF to progress a fair way in the game. Later levels with having firing arcs facing in different directions as well making it really important!

Attached some images from you tutorial which should explain it a bit better




Last edited by FrakinKraken; 11-04-2009 at 03:23 AM.
11-04-2009, 03:23 AM
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wow this sounds great! ive been waiting for a game like this for a long time and the graphics are exactly how i like it
i just hope you can have more than 3 people. like you can put people out on the field or something too, even if its just on some maps
11-04-2009, 03:38 AM
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Hmmmm... it looks like a lot of micromanagement is necessary. But it does look interesting though. Not sure if there's anything like it in the App Store right now. So are you aiming for an end of December release?

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11-04-2009, 03:53 AM
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Hmmmm... it looks like a lot of micromanagement is necessary. But it does look interesting though. Not sure if there's anything like it in the App Store right now. So are you aiming for an end of December release?
It does sound like a bit of micromanagement but it's surprising how easy it is to get on top of it. Target at the moment is to release towards the start of December with the first major update targeted for January.