As some of the people who have been around for a couple years might remember, I was working on a big fancy zombie game with graphics and stuff, initially based on Liberal Crime Squad and called "Zombie Survival Squad" but eventually drifting from it and having an identity crisis. I stopped work on that to make something supposedly shorter term that could actually make money, but that short term project turned into a big project, and long story short, it's been a long time since I've worked on the zombie game.
Two weeks ago I gave myself two weeks to whip up a prototype of what a proper Zombie Survival Squad, closely based on Liberal Crime Squad, would look like. Since those two weeks have elapsed, it's time to share the result of that work.
The game is EXTREMELY INCOMPLETE
, but I've built a version that should
(untested) work on Windows.Windows download link:http://www.jonathansfox.com/ZSS/zss_python_3_3_2013.zip
(How to use: unzip somewhere, double click zss.exe)
I haven't provided support for Linux or OS X in this download, but it's very possible for the future. The game is written in Python 3 using the Libtcod library (which in turn uses SDL). This things are all well-supported on Linux and OS X.Question:
Is this something I should continue to pursue? Do you want to see this game made?
Development goes much
faster than the graphical version I was working on before; in a couple weeks I've gotten about as far as months of development on that version took me. My biggest stumbling block is that I don't have a good idea of how I can make anything resembling
a living making this game; even though there's a significant audience for this type of game, most ASCII games are free and open source.
Still, I've been really enjoying the development process so far, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and impressions.
Note: This engine can
support graphics. Both tile graphics in place of text, and just straight up shoving full color images onto the screen.