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The Team:

Graham Jans
Designer / Progammer
@Ipsquiggle
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Lara Kehler
Artist / Designer
@blythGirl
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Mike Labbé
Developer / Progammer
@frogtoss

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Hearts are about to EXPLODE as independent developer Octo Industries brings the beloved Zombie Minesweeper: A Love Story to Google Play...just in time for Valentine's Day!  Honestly, what could be more sweet?

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to test your Brains against some explosive minesweeper puzzles and apocalyptic zombie slaying action in this extremely juicy new game for your Android Phone or Tablet!

 

Get it HERE for your Android!

 


NEWS

Saturday
Feb162013

Android Compatibility Issues

Shipping Zombie Minesweeper for Android has been an adventure!

But like all adventures, there are bound to be obstacles. Unfortunately, a major obstacle has hit us right out of the gate: Device compatibility.

One of the great things about the Android ecosystem is all the different devices our game can run on; one of the bad things is all the different devices our device has to run on. Google provides tools which prevent customers from purchasing an app if it isn't going to work on their device. This is great, and protects everyone from heartache.

However, the actual mechanism for determining this compatibility is a bit, well, opaque.

Any app can list various hardware and software requirements, such as:

  • Needs a camera
  • Only supports high-resolution screens
  • Accesses the SD card
  • Uses features from Android 2.3 and higher
  • etc.

The Play Store then takes this list and filters out devices which don't meet those requirements.

All good so far. But now, having launched the game, we're getting support emails from people saying they can't install the game on devices we know it runs on. What's happening here? I check out my developer tools to investigate:

Apparently Zombie Minesweeper is compatible with about half the S III's out there. A quick peek on Wikipedia shows that there are two major variants of this phone... But what's the difference, actually? 

Zombie Minesweeper's requirements are pretty simple: It requires a touchscreen (of any size), a 3D chip, and an internet connection for twitter integration. Surely all these phones fit that profile! But there's some subtle thing that Google is detecting that we're not aware of.

So now I'm looking into how we can determine exactly what the requirements of the game are (or what Google Play thinks they are) and broadening that as much as possible.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line, however, is that compatibility is a tricky issue, and because we are using an off-the-shelf game engine (Unity3D), we don't have a lot of control of the basic requirements of the game beyond what we've already released. We will definitely be working to improve the situation, but for a pair of part-time independent developers like ourselves, our options are quite limited by the resources that companies like Google and Unity make available to us.

If your Android device isn't showing as supported by Google Play, we apologize and sincerely hope that we can get the game into your hands in the future! But for the time being, we can't make any promises or estimates as to when that might be.

- Graham Jans

Tuesday
May222012

Because We May

A lot of games are going on sale at the end of March as part of the Because We May promotion, including Zombie Minesweeper: A Love Story.

Starting on May 24th, you can grab Zombie Minesweeper: A Love Story for 75% off.  But don't stop there -- there are tons of great games going on sale.  Check them all out at BecauseWeMay.com.

Friday
Jan202012

Love Without Loss: Only from Frogtoss Games

For the first time, you can experience the joy of Love… without chance of loss!  That's right, we released a Lite version of Zombie Minesweeer: A Love Story on iTunes today.

This got us so fired up that we actually released 1.6 for all of our paying customers while we were fixing stuff up.  What's new? Well, we know you'll love our new icon… and as for the behind the scene changes: you'll have to take our word that they are great!  In all seriousness, we made sure the game you purchased gels well with iOS 5 which you all have by now.

If you haven't checked the game out in awhile, you really should.  Randomly generated levels kept it fresh while we were testing it.  It'll be fresh for you, too.

Signed,

The snail in level 3

 

Sunday
Aug282011

Zombie Minesweeper 1.5 is Released!

Alright! We've just put out the first patch for Zombie Minesweeper, and it solves a host of the issues that people were having problems with!

Stability!

We've further reduced the memory usage of the game, and changed the way the initial launch works. This should drastically reduce the number of crashes encountered! As well, several specific crash bugs have been located and eliminated!

Score!

Game Center has been fully integrated thanks to the great tools in OpenFeint. But what's the point of having Game Center and OpenFeint without leaderboards!? We've improved the visibility of the scoring system within the game: now your top score for each level is saved, along with your cumulative score for the whole game. These numbers are pushed to leaderboards so it's easier to see how you are progressing in the game!

Touch!

We've addressed a number of interface issues as well! The tiles are now about 25% larger when playing on a small screen (iPhone or iTouch), which should greatly increase tapping accuracy. As well, there is now an option to put the interface on the right-hand side of the screen, if that's what you're in to.

There have also been a number of other small fixes and improvements behind the scenes, but I won't bore you with the details. Hop on over to the app store and update the game, or buy it if you haven't already; it's awesome and getting better!

Tuesday
Aug162011

First Week Review Roundup

It's been a week since Zombie Minesweeper launched in the App Store! We've had absolutely awesome feedback so far, a huge thanks to everyone who has comment on the game!

Reviews

AppAdvice"This is my kind of love story. Mainly because there are zombies. And explosions."

iFanzine: (4.5/5) "The threat of moving enemies really ups the ante on ye olde Minesweeperformula; stir in Frogtoss Games’ macabre sense of humor and you’ve got a product that’s ripe for a cult following among casual and hardcore gamers alike."

DaxGamer: "It brought back memories of playing the classic Minesweeper while managing to give to give players a really well done update."

Clearance Bin Review: (7.5/10) "Overall, Zombie minesweeper was lots of fun. It’s not the type of game you’ll find yourself staying up late playing, telling yourself “just one more level” but it is a game that will keep you entertained throughout the entire experience."

Gamezebo: (4.5/5) "Zombie Minesweeper is one of those games that sounds like it might be stupid but winds up being stupidly fun. It's adorable and strange and just violent enough to be goofily awesome."

Touch Arcade: "There's something special in the combination of zombies and minefields. This top-down action puzzler puts the two together to explosive effect."

Video Sightings

GameSideStory, GameTrailers.com, GameCola, Indie Games Blog