[Game]Outbreak! Zombie Apocalypse beta

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nqnguyen2

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Dec 18, 2007
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Here's some things to consider.

  1. Fortifications only last 72hours which the user will need to refortify. The fortification becomes unhidden if a zombie gets extremely close which allows the zombie to attack the fortification. Thereby, decreasing the fortification defense. The same zombie cannot attack and break down a fortification within the same fortification cycle.
  2. I'm still experiencing issues with map accuracy especially if I'm in the same area as an uninfected. I'm not clear why this is the case and it's frequent but not always.
  3. If you reset the entire game, please consider recalculating your zombie versus non-infected algorithm. It seems that zombies can infect way too easily which becomes difficult to balance the game.
  4. The IMEI method should fix many issues I've experienced while trying to infect people which seemed like a bug to me. This will also prevent people from creating multiple IDs in the hopes of "switching" sides.
Good luck!
 

nqnguyen2

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Cool new feature I think:
- friend list with proximity limit
- see fortified zone on the map (your fortified zone and fortified zone of friend within a limited range)

Bug:
- sometimes I am able to see users really far from my position, but most of the time it only shows some and does not refresh.

Try this, move far away from your general area, then, tap and hold on the screen to refresh the map of another distant location. I use this method to check who I can infect before arriving at my destination. I've been successful in locating other users in distant countries with this method!
 

damajor

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Dec 6, 2005
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Try this, move far away from your general area, then, tap and hold on the screen to refresh the map of another distant location. I use this method to check who I can infect before arriving at my destination. I've been successful in locating other users in distant countries with this method!

Nice shot, it works like a charm.
 

kansasorpat

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Dec 7, 2010
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I had an awesome time playing this last night, but I feel bad I let my fellow clean people down. I left work last night around 7 and there was 3 Zombies grouped in one area so I decided to go after them. I got out to my car and realized I screwed up something I had been working on so I went back in and spent 15 minutes fixing it. When I got back outside the 3 zombies were still there so I didn't think I had lost anything but little did I know how costly those 15 minutes would be. Ten minutes later I was at the location that the zombies were and all 3 were gone. At that point I was just a little disappointed and I realized one of the zombies was going in the opposite direction that I had seen him go before. That was the wrong direction for me so I decided to go after the next closest zombie and go get some dinner.

As I sat down to eat I realized that the zombie I had seen before going in the opposite direction was picking off clean people and heading back my way. I ate as fast as I could and by the time I was done he had picked of 4 clean people and I was the next one in line on his way home and only about 5 minutes away. I could have drove directly at him hoping to get to his last location before he got to mine which would have saved the clean person near me but I chickened out and decided to loop around, attack the last two zombies he had converted and try to sneak up on him from behind. I was surprised how scared I was approaching a zombie that I knew was actively hunting and he could convert me for good. Luckily I checked in at the correct location and took him out of the game for 45 minutes. Then I took out the zombie he had just converted and I leveled up to 5 and can keep zombies out of the game for 60 minutes now.

About 15 minutes later I saw the hunting zombie checked in next to the next clean person down the road and I'm sure he was pissed to find out that he couldn't infect anyone. So when the night started there was 3 zombies in our region and 9 clean people, but by the time that was over there was only 4 clean people left in the region. Two of those and one new person got picked off today so now there is only me and one of my friends that I got started Thursday night that are clean. It's amazing how much difference one night can make and if I would have left work 15 minutes earlier I could have stopped it all.
 

nqnguyen2

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Dec 18, 2007
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I had an awesome time playing this last night, but I feel bad I let my fellow clean people down. I left work last night around 7 and there was 3 Zombies grouped in one area so I decided to go after them. I got out to my car and realized I screwed up something I had been working on so I went back in and spent 15 minutes fixing it. When I got back outside the 3 zombies were still there so I didn't think I had lost anything but little did I know how costly those 15 minutes would be. Ten minutes later I was at the location that the zombies were and all 3 were gone. At that point I was just a little disappointed and I realized one of the zombies was going in the opposite direction that I had seen him go before. That was the wrong direction for me so I decided to go after the next closest zombie and go get some dinner.

As I sat down to eat I realized that the zombie I had seen before going in the opposite direction was picking off clean people and heading back my way. I ate as fast as I could and by the time I was done he had picked of 4 clean people and I was the next one in line on his way home and only about 5 minutes away. I could have drove directly at him hoping to get to his last location before he got to mine which would have saved the clean person near me but I chickened out and decided to loop around, attack the last two zombies he had converted and try to sneak up on him from behind. I was surprised how scared I was approaching a zombie that I knew was actively hunting and he could convert me for good. Luckily I checked in at the correct location and took him out of the game for 45 minutes. Then I took out the zombie he had just converted and I leveled up to 5 and can keep zombies out of the game for 60 minutes now.

About 15 minutes later I saw the hunting zombie checked in next to the next clean person down the road and I'm sure he was pissed to find out that he couldn't infect anyone. So when the night started there was 3 zombies in our region and 9 clean people, but by the time that was over there was only 4 clean people left in the region. Two of those and one new person got picked off today so now there is only me and one of my friends that I got started Thursday night that are clean. It's amazing how much difference one night can make and if I would have left work 15 minutes earlier I could have stopped it all.

Lol, freaking awesome story. I like how you narrated the story to make it seem like it was happening outside of the game.
 

Mordgras

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Apr 24, 2011
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No Active Zeds

None of the Zeds near me seem to move, Is it possible to get changed to an infected so there will be one zombie out hunting?

Username: Mordgras
 

Alcoholic1

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Apr 26, 2011
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I reinstalled OZ and I entered the wrong username for my identifier.

"Now I just get a Invalid name - identifier combination error" though there is no option to fix it :(

I tried to uninstall and reinstall though this did not help and the app does not allow for wipe data under app management.

Any one know how to fix ?

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Ok fix, deleted using task manager uninstall instead of the market and settings/applications and finally was given the option to re-enter my username for my identifier and im still clean, though it's going to be hard to stay that way at work as there are about 5 more zombies in the CBD :(
 
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TERRA Operative

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I also need my identifier. My Samsung Galaxy crashed hard and I lost everything, including my identifier. Is there any way to get it back? My user name is 'TERRA'.
 
T

TERRA Operative

Guest
How do I enter a new identifier. I entered the incorrect string and I can't figure out how to put the correct one in.
 
T

TERRA Operative

Guest
You don't give an identifier, it is assigned to you. Just enter a user name, don't check the identifier box.

When I start the app, I'm given no option to re-enter a username. I entered the wrong identifier and now it is stuck in my phone, even after uninstalling and reinstalling the app.
I have tried deleting the account but still the wrong identifier is there.

All I can do is copy the identifier to the keyboard and that's it.
I'm getting ready to uninstall for good.
 

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    Outbreak! Zombies is a global location based multiplayer game. The free beta version of the game is currently available in the android market.

    To play you simply download the app and enter a user name. You will then be randomly assigned a state, either infected or not infected. If you are not infected your goal is to survive the zombie apocalypse, if you are infected your goal is to spread the infection. Each user will be visible on a world map, and to infect someone you must be within 500 metres. Currently Dublin, Ireland is in over-run with zombies.

    Each red marker is a zombie, and each green marker is a survivor. The game works best when there are lots of users, which is why I am posting it here. I am also trying to gather as much feedback and test scenarios as I can in order to make the full version a more complete and fun game.

    There is more information on how to play available here.

    There is also a forum here with a lot of discussion about the game.

    Thanks and I hope you enjoy,

    -Kev
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    After a whole day of travel and frequent use. I have several items that you can consider below. I hope they will be of good use to you. My feelings won't be hurt if you do or don't consider these ideas. Much luck to you.

    1. Allow users to update their Home position automatically, manually, or in intervals.
    2. Allows users to be notified if an opponent is in the vicinity. Size of vicinity is selectable.
    3. Update the user's position on the map more frequently. I ran by several people that I couldn't infect because the bubble jumped across the map.
    4. Update the user's infection faster because I noticed a 30 second delay when I infected someone.
    5. Reduce the infection zone size. I was able to infect someone well outside of the red area.
    6. Allow users to reduce their infection zone size for more of a challenge.
    7. Allow users to sign in with a special ID otherwise you end up with too many new usernames simply because that person uninstall the app and reinstalled.
    8. If a user doesn't check in for a period of time, they will still be considered as infected when tagged. I noticed too many users not infect-able. Also, consider adding a tiny question mark next to the name or icon on the map.
    9. Request user sign off and deletion (username cached for 60 days) when removing/deleting the app. If they don't want to play anymore why are they still on the map?
    10. Allow a listing of the person that cured/infected you in the AMI. The list will disappear after 24 hours of signing in. This feature allows some bragging rights.
    11. If there is a bug within the map program, allow the user to go back to the AMI console and reactivate the map to clear the RAM of the bug. I noticed that several times my position would never update itself until I killed the map and opened it again.
    12. Allow the ability to "load" user positions based upon the finger position on the map. Sometimes I like to know who will be at my destination so I can infect them once I arrive.
    13. If I'm not mistaken, when I was "clean" I didn't see an option in the map menu to "hide". I only saw "Home".
    14. When there's several "clean" in the vicinity and a smaller percentage of "infected", there should be a percentage algorithm that will result in the clean people being uninfected. This way, it's like the clean people were in a group/team and fought off the infected person.
    15. Allow double-tapping on the screen to zoom in to the specific location.
    16. Allow options of regular maps instead of a satellite map which will reduce data requests from the server. This also results in faster map rendering on the client-side.
    17. Designate random cleaning zones. There will be random zones throughout the month that users can become uninfected. The infected user must manually choose to be "cleaned". Also, the infected in the cleaning zone cannot infect anyone in the immediate area almost as if it's a protected fortress.
    18. Allow cellular triangulation with a selectable buffer size so players can't be pin-pointed at their homes. This option has a drawback that the location isn't accurate and can either get you infected faster or allow avoidance of infection. This is the cost of privacy for your users.
    19. If there's a point or credit system is applied. Allow random monthly or stated goals in the AMI that users can achieve. Example, this month I need to infect 20 people to get a certain amount of points for bragging rights or I need to stay clean for a period of 10 days.
    20. Allow pre-made comments such as, "I was going to infect you but I felt like being nice today" or "Gotcha!". A menu is activated by selecting the user and these comments can be made when in range of other users.
    21. Not sure if this in effect but, do not allow expletives, put-downs, offensive phrases, and/or a combination of the aforementioned for usernames. It's not fun when someone runs around town with an offensive phrase while infecting other users.
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    Yes I enabled copy protection stuff. Why would that stop you from finding it?

    Copy protection requires the device firmware ID to be "whitelisted" on Google's side of the Market. Custom ROMs and leaked ROMs often have IDs which aren't on that list. Market will not show "copy protected" apps on these ROMs.

    For someone running such a ROM this can be worked around by using tools like Market Enabler and such, but I never bother (and few do). Quite likely the copy protection flag is the reason for each and every comment about not being able to find it.

    I would also like to point out that if you are indeed using "copyright protection" box from Market, and not the Licensing API instead, you are using a form of protection that is (a) deprecated by Google and (b) doesn't protect from copying. Pretty much the only thing it does is make sure that a lot of people can't find your app. Also it doesn't make sense for something that is free.

    Anyways, I was trying it on a leaked ROM on the Galaxy S which couldn't find it. By now I'm running it on the Galaxy Tab which has an official ROM that can find the app.

    Anyways you did a really great job with this game. I love the idea, and the implementation so far is just great. Unfortunately, I seem to be the only person in my area, and I'm clean!

    A number of suggestions:
    (1) Make it more clear when you are and when you are not playing. If I exit the map, does my marker stay at the current location ?

    (2) Make a button somewhere to find the nearest zombie / non-infected (depending on what you are) and show the distance to that person from yourself. Handy in areas where you are alone, like I and several posters here are.

    (3) Allow a longer user name. 10 characters is too short. Also, does it need to be unique? What happens if I reinstall my ROM and lose the app and settings, can I use the same name again ? Can I use the same name across multiple devices ?

    (4) Multi-device... need to link multiple devices to the same account and only use the last logged in.

    (5) Background service. I would not use an interval by default to poll, either turn the service on or off. You don't need to talk to the server as long as you don't move, and if you just register with the API to receive location updates, the service won't do anything as long as the user doesn't move. You could use an interval (also enable/disable) to actually wake the device (without screen on) to be able to receive those updates every X minutes and check if there are other zombies or cleans in the area, where once every 5 minutes would be more than enough (approx the time it takes to actually walk 500 meters). You could go really fancy and automate the interval based on the average speed the past X minutes.

    (6) Allow zombies to be healed, by going to specific areas. A hospital was suggested earlier, but I don't think there are enough hospitals in most areas to make that easy enough. I'd add both police stations and fire stations as well. I think Maps knows where these are generally. Or you could even allow people to add those manually, but that'd possibly muck up the database with random buildings people want to use to heal themselves ;)

    (7) Maybe some sort of score system ? Get points for infecting people, or "killing" zombies. Survivors generally kill zombies in games and movies. But I think first-come first-serve may not be a good thing. One the service is done and you get warnings of zombies in the area, maybe killing a zombie will actually "delay" for a number of minutes, to give the zombies a chance to infect you first (as they would also get the warning a survivor is near). (The act of killing will just give you points and the zombie a notice that he has been killed - lose points? or maybe start out clean again?)

    (8) Add this image to the first post of this thread: http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?...//market.android.com/details?id=com.kbdev.lbg ...
    chart

    Will allow everyone that has a barcode scanner installer to open Market with the game selected.

    Random thoughts, hopefully they're helpful :)
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    Can you please post on this thread when the new version will be updated? I tend to follow this thread more closely than app updates. Thanks.

    Outbreak! Zombie Apocalypse version 1.5 now in the market. Re-vamped website with leaderboards coming soon.
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    After installation it says

    " to use glast it must be able to detect your location and connect to the internet. You must also disable mock locations."

    It then brings me to settings but Im sure everything is in order

    Then that keeps coming up and I cant do anything else.

    Could you also pm me my identifer for username "plonkuser"

    Thanks

    settings/applications/development uncheck allow mock locations.
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