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iPad: Zombieville USA HD

04-08-2010, 12:59 PM
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Zombieville USA HD

Hi folks, just thought I'd let people know that our iPad version of Zombieville USA is currently in review.

We've decided to price it just like the iPhone/iPod version before it at $1.99 - originally we wanted to make it an update, but didn't want to inconvenience iPhone/iPod buyers with a gigantic download, nor did we want to require people to have to update their OS either (Zombieville is still playable all the way back to 2.2.1). So there ya go, its a separate app, but we're trying not to gouge people who may have already bought the game for their iPhone.

Like any iPad release we have sharpened up the visuals and retooled the controls to work more comfortably. Of note, swapping weapons is now achieved with a button on the right side of the screen just above the fire button (the top left corner was too much of a reach). Similarly, entering houses is accomplished with a similar, context sensitive button that appears above your movement arrows, so entering a house is just a matter of sliding your thumb up, rather than clumsily trying to tap the door.

We also went ahead and added a couple features. One is the appearance of random survivors, who will follow you and help shoot some baddies. They're a little stupid though, so don't be surprised if they get their brains eaten before you do.

You'll also occasionally happen across abandoned vehicles - simply enter them like you would a house, and they'll peel off across the map splattering zombies everywhere! You can hop in and out of them as well, though they only last for a single level. Consider it like the power star in Mario bros, or a bonus level.

We also finally fixed the rather dumb explosive weapon mechanics from the original game. Explosive guns no longer detonate a fixed distance from the player, but instead just strike the nearest zombie like any other weapon, making them far less wonky to use. The grenade launcher is finally useful!

Anyhow, hope some of you will check it out, it should be available in the coming days!
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04-08-2010, 02:32 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MikaMobile View Post
Hi folks, just thought I'd let people know that our iPad version of Zombieville USA is currently in review.

We've decided to price it just like the iPhone/iPod version before it at $1.99 - originally we wanted to make it an update, but didn't want to inconvenience iPhone/iPod buyers with a gigantic download, nor did we want to require people to have to update their OS either (Zombieville is still playable all the way back to 2.2.1). So there ya go, its a separate app, but we're trying not to gouge people who may have already bought the game for their iPhone.

Like any iPad release we have sharpened up the visuals and retooled the controls to work more comfortably. Of note, swapping weapons is now achieved with a button on the right side of the screen just above the fire button (the top left corner was too much of a reach). Similarly, entering houses is accomplished with a similar, context sensitive button that appears above your movement arrows, so entering a house is just a matter of sliding your thumb up, rather than clumsily trying to tap the door.

We also went ahead and added a couple features. One is the appearance of random survivors, who will follow you and help shoot some baddies. They're a little stupid though, so don't be surprised if they get their brains eaten before you do.

You'll also occasionally happen across abandoned vehicles - simply enter them like you would a house, and they'll peel off across the map splattering zombies everywhere! You can hop in and out of them as well, though they only last for a single level. Consider it like the power star in Mario bros, or a bonus level.

We also finally fixed the rather dumb explosive weapon mechanics from the original game. Explosive guns no longer detonate a fixed distance from the player, but instead just strike the nearest zombie like any other weapon, making them far less wonky to use. The grenade launcher is finally useful!

Anyhow, hope some of you will check it out, it should be available in the coming days!
Awesome! Can't wait to get it, playing games on the iPad changes the whole experience of the game!

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04-08-2010, 02:38 PM
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That's amazing! i wish some of those were available on the iPhone version
04-08-2010, 03:25 PM
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I'm just asking for one thing. Please make the grenade launchers useful in the iPod touch version as well! Just that!

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Thats a nice lookin gun.
04-08-2010, 03:59 PM
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We plan on adding the new features into the original version as well, no worries there. The main incentive to upgrade (if you have both devices) would merely be the iPad-tailored controls and graphics.
04-08-2010, 04:58 PM
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Joined: Mar 2010
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Still definitely should have been a universal app, like other developers have done with their games, and others have done well with the file sizes, so this big file thing you're talking about really shouldn't be much of an issue especially with a game like this...it's only 14mb right now in the first place and you'll have no extra features from the iPhone version...this is a perfect example of a game that should definitely go the way of a universal app and not make it's current fans pay twice for the same game on the same os. Really crappy. I'm getting real tired of all the double dipping in the app store with a lot of these games...at least you're not being totally bad and increasing the price way up.
04-08-2010, 05:10 PM
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Location: Boston
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Not buying....

Nothing justifies buying the same game twice.

Bruno
04-08-2010, 05:40 PM
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I don't have an iPad yet, but INSTA-BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So whenll this all be added to iphone version?
04-08-2010, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Rblacula View Post
I don't have an iPad yet, but INSTA-BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So whenll this all be added to iphone version?
Should be pretty easy to incorporate, we'll get it added and submitted in the coming week most likely.
04-08-2010, 06:55 PM
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Sweet! I loved the iPhone version.

hi