Is a text based game for iOS, Android and Nook Color that puts the player in the middle of a zombie outbreak and asks "what would you do?" Awarded "Game of the Week" by Ansca Mobile, as of August 2012, ZDAY Survival Simulator has been downloaded over 100,000 times since its release, and continues to be well received by a worldwide audience.
Mongadillo CEO Ed Anderson announced that the sequel to the text based adventure game ZDAY Survival Simulator "Survivor Z" will be released on February 9th, 2013. The release is planned to coincide with the mid-season premeire of the third season of AMC's "The Walking Dead", scheduled for February 10th, 2013.
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Joe Keatinge is a Portland, OR-based writer published by Image, Marvel and DC Comics with titles including GLORY, INTERGALACTIC, MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, HELL YEAH and Executive Editor of the Eisner & Harvey award-winning anthology, POPGUN. Joe has teamed up with Ed Anderson, creator of Survivor Z to write his first interactive story on the Survivor Z platform. Joe Keatinge’s new adventure for Survivor Z introduces players to the brutal life or death fight over Convention Badges in the ruins, as remnants of fandom struggle to survive in the post-apocalyptic wasteland that once was San Diego. Asked about the adventure, Keatinge says, "I was an avid reader of interactive fiction as a kid with the Choose Your Own Adventure Series, so I've been having a blast carrying on that tradition in the apocalypse that is Comic Con through the filter of Survivor Z."
Mongadillo Studios has unveiled a new user forum for players of the ZDAY Survival Series. Players of both "ZDay Survival Simulator" as well as the soon to be released "Survivor Z". Players will be able to comment, ask questions, and interact, as well as write their own interactive challenges in the new forums. The creators of Survivor Z are inviting the player community to create their own custom zombie challenges for possible inclusion in the game, or to share with their friends online.
After months of delay and unavoidable setbacks, Mongadillo CEO Ed Anderson announced that the sequel to the text based adventure game ZDAY Survival Simulator "Survivor Z" will be released on February 9th, 2013. Survivor Z adds a whole new layer of interactivity and game strategy to the ZDAY Survival Series, while still keeping true to the games text-based heritage. Survivor Z will provide those familiar with the original "Survival Simulator" a familiar user interface, but will add additional layers of control over inventory, NPC survivors, and most importantly, make the game's content unlimited by updating with new challenges and updates to game content via the cloud. Survivor Z uses location based services to deliver fictional content to the player based on their real world location. Players can search and find stories, challenges, and items they can collect and use in the game. Survivors will compete for resources with the undead, as well as other players and Non-Player Characters they encounter in the game. Players who wish to will be invited to create their own ZDAY survival challenges using "ZDAY CREATOR" a specially developed challenge authoring tool that allows players to write and submit their own stories, and even their own artwork! Ed Anderson, CEO of Mongadillo and creator of both ZDAY Survival Simulator as well as Survivor Z, said of the new game;
"this game was the most aspirational project I have ever been involved with, it was such a huge undertaking that we really had no idea when we started how much work it would be. The goal was to create a location based Massive, Multiplayer online Role Playing Game that took fictionalized, text based content and delivered it to players all over the world, whereever they are, and matched the challenges with players as well as real world locations, both real and imagined. With the player community's help, we hope to create a whole world of ZDAY challenges."
The first release will contain over 3000 pages of new challenge content, and there is more added every day via the cloud server. Mongadillo Studios enlisted Washington based Comic Book Artist Tadd Galusha to provide additional artwork for the first release.
Publishers of the upcoming mobile game title "Survivor Z" have issued a statement that the release will likely occur in January of 2013. This comes after several delays to the release that was originally scheduled for September of 2012. The statement reads; "In an effort to assure that we meet our internal expectations, and exceed the expectations of our player community, we are delaying the release until the game plays as we want it to." Ed Anderson, mongadillo Studios owner and CEO was quoted as saying "This game is not small in scope, what we are trying to do is create a player driven, location based, Massive Multiplayer online, text based RPG. That has never been done to my knowledge. if we pull it off, it will be the first game of it's kind, ever, and it has to be right. That's the only thing I care about." Sources within Mongadillo Studios development team said that a release for January is planned, but they would not comment on a specific time table.
Creators of ZDAY Survivor launched a Kickstarter Project today, October 10, 2012 to raise money to help promote the game's release next month. In exchange for donations, the publisher is offering a number of incentives, including the inclusion of a likeness of the donor in the game as an NPC Survivor. Donors who contribute $40 or more will be asked to provide a photo of themselves and a first name to be used as a model for an exact likeness of them as a Non-Player character Survivor in the game. In addition, donors at the highest level will also recieve a limited edition T-Shirt, and their name in the credits of the game. The Kickstarter Project is set to expire in 14 days, on October 24th, and is hoping to raise a minimum of $3000 to help with funding promotion efforts when the game is released next month.
The publisher working feverishly on the upcoming release of Survivor Z released a statement on Friday, September 28th that the release of Survivor Z would again be pushed back to accomodate more development and testing. The statement reads as follows: "The development team and I regretfully report that the release of Survivor Z will no longer be possible for September 2012, it is our sincure hope to release version 1.0 in the iOS app store late in the month of October. The decision to push back the release over releasing a product that wasn't quite up to standards was not a difficult one, although it is difficult to announce another missed deadline. It is our decision to make the game as fun and as rock solid as we can before release to insure the player community receive the game with the same kind of enthusiasm that we have for it. The fact is, there has never been a game like this made before, we are in very uncharted waters, and it is our desire not only to make a great game, but to make history once again with a text based adventure game, only this time, we want to roll all that goodness up into an RPG/MUD model. The fact is this undertaking is a very aspirational goal, and we hope that our player community will be patient and grateful when the game is released in our decision."
It is known that version 2.5 of ZDAY Survival Simulator has a bug that will not allow the game to scale properly for iPad 3. This bug was not found in testing, and had to do with a bug in the latest build of the Corona SDK. Our developers were able to remedy the problem within 24 hours of the original release, but unfortunately, it take about a week for Apple to release updates. In an effort to compensate frustrated players, the publisher has made ZDAY Survival Simulator HD, which works perfectly on iPad 3, free until the updated release (2.5.1) is released by Apple.
The recent release of ZDAY Survival Simulator for Android (version 2.5) is now fully compliant with the popular Samsung family of phones and tablets. Devices such as the Galaxy S, S2, and S3 are now supported. In addition, the Galxay Tab and Note tablets have been tested and will now be compatible with ZDAY Survival Simulator. The new version also includes improvements to the scoring matrix and support for Chinese Language, and is priced at $1.99 in the Google Play store.
After more than 9 months in development, the sequel to ZDAY Survival Simulator is set to release some time in September of 2012. Created by Ed Anderson and developed in partnership with Three Jacks Software, the new game promises to bring RPG strategy gaming to the familiar text based game design of ZDAY Survival Simulator. Artwork on Survivor was provided by Ed Anderson and a new artist, Tadd Galusha, whose previous credits include the action comic "The Meadowlands", and "The Rural Rate". Survivor Z takes place 311 days after the ZDAY virus was declared a global pandemic, and the hero of the story (the player) locked the doors on his zombie-proof bunker. After all that time the player has eventually started to run low on food and water and is forced to venture out into the world in the first time for almost a year. As expected, the world he finds is very different from the one he left. Forced to scavenge through what's left of his home town, the player finds the world a very dangerous place. Once society and technical infrastructure broke down, frightened citizens rioted and turned on each other, and roving hordes of undead took grew in number until eventually everyone who wasn't infected went into hiding. The player searches real world locations to try and gather food, water, and items that he may be able to use. Players must equip themselves and use the items they have found to solve problems, meet challenges, and defend themselves against the undead as well as rival survivors, and even other players!
ZDAY Survival Simulator is on track to hit the 100K downloads mark on the iTunes App Store this Saturday, June 30th, less than 6 months after it was initially released.
ZDAY Survival Simulator was released January 7th, 2012, ZDAY Survival Simulator has consistently been in the top 5% of paid apps since its release, at one point hitting as high as #26 in overall paid apps in the US.
While the updates for ZDAY have been few and far between since the last major update in April, he still has big plans for the title in upcoming months. Plans include completely re-designing the game engine to give the player more control, and adding several features that we want to see in the game such as the ability to use weapons and items in different scnearios, as well as expanded content.
These updates are set for the beginning of August, which will coincide with the release of the companion game title "Survivor Z".
The bug that was found to display Chinese language text in one fo the early encounters on devices running non US-English language preferences has been fixed. Any users who are experiencing this error are encouraged to update their application, which was released yesterday.
The bug was found and fixed last week, but due to Apple policy, all new releases are subject to approxinately one week wait time before they can be approved and released.
People have asked: "Why are there two versions of ZDAY, but only the HD version works on iPad 3? Why can't you just make one version do all of it?
ANSWER: Because we wanted to be able to accommodate all the people who still have older devices like iPhone 3 and iPod 2G, that are still using iOS 4.2. We cannot create a version that will support both. It's not us, it's Apple.
Both versions play and look the same, the new HD version is for iPad 1, 2, and 3 only, and requires iOS 4.3 and later.
What better way to survive a full blown apocalypse than to PRACTICE?
This is not a traditional shooter or an arcade style game where you poke buttons to shoot digital bullets at virtual zombies.
ZDAY is a 21st century text-based Simulator that puts you the player in tough, real-world situations and says "what would YOU do?".
"ZDAY is a 21st century text-based Simulator game that puts you the player in tough, real-world situations. The game play is easy and you can soon control it well."
"For those of a certain age who loved adventure game books, it’s the perfect app to play and one that players will find themselves returning to. Not least because they’ll have to be pretty skilled to ‘win’!"
"At its core, it’s weird to describe a game with music and graphics as a “text adventure” – but that’s really what it is. The graphics and music (while excellent) are really only there for theme and flavor, something to punch up the storytelling. They add absolutely nothing gameplay wise, which, if you’re a fan of classic text adventures, is a good thing."
"I've been having a blast with this since it's essentially gameifies what runs through my head whenever I read or watch a piece of zombie content, but it's also solid production-wise. I heartily recommend this to anyone that still has an itch for zombies, or even an appreciation of primarily text-based titles."
"It's been 311 days since you locked the doors on your bunker, your food and water supplies are running low, it's time to go topside..."
Face the post zombie apocalypse world with Survivor Z, a location based strategy game that ties fictionalized content to real world locations that challenge your ability to survive and adapt. Every where you go you will find new challenges; when to fight and when to run, how to detect and avoid the undead, and how to get what you need to survive. You'll have to be smart, strong, and a little bit lucky if you are going to survive ZDAY.
A traditionally trained animator and cartoonist, Ed Anderson founded Mongadillo Studios 1999.
Credits: Created animated web series "Shawks", "Holiday Force", and "The Bottle", among others.
Current Projects: In Development with Disney XD on TV Series based on "Shawks", Developing and producing iPhone games.
Located in Portland, Oregon – Three Jacks Software has over four decades of combined software development experience. They have produced hit titles such as “Ten Thousand”, “Doodle Games” and “High Roller” and specialize in development across all mobile platforms. Three Jacks Software - Our Passion is Mobile!