Zombie Jack Posts

Taking Control

by Luke Molnar

I’ve been testing and building Zombie Jack for a long time with only single-player capabilities. That’s nuts! You can’t build a couch-party game with no multiplayer. So this week I’ve put the task together to build a new input management script to support multiple controllers and players. I can’t tell you how excited I am to get the alpha done and play-test it with all my friends.

My workspace is covered with various controllers as I test for the best configurations. I’m aiming for simplicity. If I can get away with just 2 buttons and a stick, I will!

Another feature I’ve been working on is the ability for players to jump in at any time and join the fun. Picture this. You’re at your mate’s place. Bob is late. Bob is always late. Gosh, darn it, Bob! Why can’t you get your life in order? You don’t want to wait. You want to start playing and have a good time now. So you start playing and then Bob walks in the door. Not a problem! Bob plugs his controller in, hits ‘A’, and joins right in! Nice one Bob.

Project: ZJ

by Luke Molnar

My name is Luke, and this is a post about my new game Zombie Jack. I’ve been working on this game for a number of years, however, due to life-events, I’ve not been able to make much headway. That is until now. Every day I’ve been chipping away at my task-list, and Zombie Jack is getting closer and closer to a playable alpha. I’m very excited about this and hope this progress continues as planned.

So what is Zombie Jack? It’s a couch party, pick-up-and-play, party game for you and all your buddies. Because the best games are the ones with friends… and zombies. In Zombie Jack you’ll be able to experience the freedom of picking up just about anything and swinging it at zombie’s heads. Forget about guns. This ain’t no shoot-em-up. This is a grab-it-and-stab-it!

So where are we at in the development process? If you were to look at my Trello board, you’d probably start weeping. That’s usually how I start my day. But hey, it’s happening, and it’ll get there. The first milestone is to complete an alpha and get some impressions. See what people think before adjusting course.

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