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It's here! The installer's about 350 MB, it unpacks to twice that amount. For those of you not in the know, this release will let you bomb through the introductory section and first level out four planned levels...

Posted by semicomatose on May 11th, 2010

Installer is back up. Sorry for the long wait.

The installer's about 350 MB, it unpacks to twice that amount. For those of you not in the know, this release will let you bomb through the introductory section and first level out of four planned levels. Check out this handy map for your visual reference pleasure:

Brochure Side B

Whether or not we'll actually be providing those other levels is a question to ask us some other time. Zombie Zoo's fate is still undecided beyond this release. The current release is very rough around the edges. Trust me, we're aware of this. That being said, learning these tools as we went along and starting out with a team of only four people (it ballooned to ten during the second semester), we're quite proud of the final product and hope you enjoy it for what it is.

If you're wondering what the deal with the preview image of this news post is, that strange red thing behind the text is Blobmonster. He was our quadruped stand-in we used in the game while we were still working on modeling and animating the animals. He came in red, yellow, and blue and he will be missed.

ZOMFG

Also, I've uploaded the re-edited Introduction animation. It's very similar to what was up there before, just a few small changes and additions. Anyway, that's all. Go grab the mod and let us know what you think!


Love,
semicomatose and the rest of the Zombie Zoo team

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Spenzerr
Spenzerr May 11 2010, 5:56am says:

schweet!

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Xylemon
Xylemon May 11 2010, 9:55am says:

Holy ****! I can't wait to play it!

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Apples_of_Doom
Apples_of_Doom May 11 2010, 9:58am says:

ZOMFG!!
Im gonna download this right away. :)

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce May 11 2010, 10:23am says:

"It's a bizarre and dumb oversight on our part that you have that thing and can use it."

Well assuming you haven't done this already, here's a tip:
Get fresh eyes to test the mod when appropriate, especially before a release. In this case these are players that will immediatly rate you down on it. But even fresh eyes can miss that sort of stuff, only a larger scale "test" like a release is likely to find all the bugs you weren't aware of.

Anyway, not too interested in playing it myself in such an early state, especially without a gameplay video to tip me over *hint hint* but consider you guys have a decent rating from 8 people already tells me you're at least on the right track with a sort of "Release early, release often" type approach.

I wish you luck for the future of this project.

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xXMaNiAcXx
xXMaNiAcXx May 11 2010, 12:30pm replied:

Indeed, you are always telling the truth. Give it a try and then post here what you really think, but i'm with you, I hate to play "rip-offs" of the complete game. Guys, I'm gonna wait more and when you fully release it, I will be glad to play.

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semicomatose Author
semicomatose May 11 2010, 12:56pm replied:

I wouldn't hold your breath on that one. This was a student project. Most of us are going our separate ways after this release. We very well may make more Zombie Zoo but it's entirely likely it won't even be a Source mod in the future.

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wazanator
wazanator May 11 2010, 4:30pm replied:

Wait so all were going to get on the source engine is the first chapter? :O

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semicomatose Author
semicomatose May 11 2010, 5:35pm replied:

Most likely, you are correct.

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum May 11 2010, 11:53am says:

Sweet, I'll play it tonight!

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104 May 11 2010, 12:02pm says:

Wow looks great! I'll definitely play tonight! :)

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Tokoya
Tokoya May 11 2010, 1:06pm says:

I'll be severely disappointed if this is all the Zombie Zoo we get :<

Great first chapter, the narrator was brilliant :D

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21stCntrySchizoidMan
21stCntrySchizoidMan May 13 2010, 5:51pm replied:

Thanx! Thats the first comment (I think) I've seen about the narration/Voice work....

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Dr_Gonzo
Dr_Gonzo May 11 2010, 2:24pm says:

If your team does decide to not continue developing the mod is there any chance it could be given to the community so we can carry on making it?

I think it's full of potential and would love to get hold of the maps and 'pretty' them up for you.

Anyway, well done on making such an original mod!

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RunningJack
RunningJack May 11 2010, 3:40pm says:

i like the music! :D
self made?

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kingmook
kingmook May 11 2010, 5:27pm replied:

All the music, intro excluded was made by our very talented sound designer.

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pyronious
pyronious May 11 2010, 4:09pm says:

played it.. it was short, but AWESOME

Maybe fix the overlapping speeches

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Martanz
Martanz May 11 2010, 4:34pm says:

Like it! But you should make a better animation for the boxing gloves and for the animals

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tymaxbeta
tymaxbeta May 11 2010, 4:34pm says:

OMG YES! YES!!!!

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StoneCrowUK
StoneCrowUK May 11 2010, 4:37pm says:

I loved it, short but sweet, and congratulations for making the trippiest boss fight ive ever played

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Shianan
Shianan May 11 2010, 5:38pm says:

I see a future for this game.I enjoyed every moment but it has to improve.
For example the models, they aren't bad but it could be better I will look foward this proyect.
Also the concept is cool.

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rellik_pt
rellik_pt May 11 2010, 6:15pm says:

nice mod, but still full of bugs. you can jump outside the map in the last part

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kingmook
kingmook May 11 2010, 6:17pm replied:

Really? How exactly were you able to escape the battle to the death?

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rellik_pt
rellik_pt May 12 2010, 10:44am replied:

just jump to the fence and to the wall and you get outside the map. there is alot of bugs in all maps.

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Mr.Walrus
Mr.Walrus May 11 2010, 7:59pm says:

I played it, and while it was fun, it definately could use some map editing. The NPC's were very cool, except that the bunnies could maybe hop at you a bit :) Overall, a lot of fun, yet with some level work it would be pure awesomeness.

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SinKing
SinKing May 12 2010, 3:01am says:

is there a petting zoo area ;)?

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Sph!nx
Sph!nx May 12 2010, 6:48am says:

Wow, nice job guys! I really like the intro animation. Kudos!

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Dr.Goupyl
Dr.Goupyl May 12 2010, 9:20am says:

Daaah it's take such time ! i want try it !

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Zeltrax
Zeltrax May 12 2010, 12:17pm says:

Who ever drew Zombie Intro Final Is an amazing artist and who ever made the music for it is amazing aswell ******* awesome 10/10!

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Megiddoo
Megiddoo May 12 2010, 1:27pm says:

Awesome

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Camcidgos
Camcidgos May 12 2010, 2:37pm says:

Am I blind, or am I just not seeing where to download this amazing Zombie Zoo ?!?

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TheGreatGonzo
TheGreatGonzo May 12 2010, 3:05pm replied:

umm its being re uploaded due to the installer having bugs and waiting for authorisation

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Radu_IceMan
Radu_IceMan May 13 2010, 4:02am says:

It was very disappointing. While the audio was nice,the graphics were extremely ******(textures were filtered with Photoshop "cutout" effect. I know it was suppose to look cartoony, but it just looks lame. Take a look at TF2, the textures aren't blurred and formed by 2-3 colors.

Make chapter 2 less ****.

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meecrob
meecrob May 13 2010, 4:08am says:

I finished this mod in about 5 min. I was very disappointed. Find a new mapper It is ALLOT of mapp glitched(shortcuts, purpel black textures, blocks in the AIR, Allot of souns playing at the same time there were u enter the first mission wtf), and fix the combat system. the zombies didenĀ“t hurt me once event on hard. And the tf2 textures :/

This is a fail mod

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Radu_IceMan
Radu_IceMan May 13 2010, 12:18pm replied:

Everyone who rates down constructive criticism knows that we are right. So the more "-" the more people saying "You are right, but we can't admit it".

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kingmook
kingmook May 13 2010, 12:21pm replied:

We'd appreciate some constructive criticism. Radu and meecrob can you be a bit more specific about the mapping problems. You mentioned purple textures, air blocks and shortcuts. We'd love to know where so we can resolve the issues. Thanks

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce May 13 2010, 3:47pm replied:

@Radu, the form it is given which is bad, also like kingmook said, it's not about right or wrong. Also detailing these problems would be alot more helpfull to the developers than just stating found problems but not where they occured.

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meecrob
meecrob May 13 2010, 4:09am says:

Whell they have a bad mapper

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KILLER89(FIN)
KILLER89(FIN) May 13 2010, 5:30pm replied:

Mee, would you kindly get the **** out of here?

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TheGreatGonzo
TheGreatGonzo May 13 2010, 11:20am says:

karma spamm-_-

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Jesternz08
Jesternz08 May 14 2010, 7:26pm says:

Amazing short video!! That artist deserves a cookie!

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum May 16 2010, 11:27pm says:

The mod was quite fun, quirky and comical. My only suggestion would be to merge the levels into one map, the levels were so short that it kinda broke to flow to have to load every 3-5 mins. Not that the load times were bad, just could have easily been two large maps for the whole game.

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Megabacon
Megabacon May 23 2010, 11:36am says:

I just played through the chapter that has been released.
The gameplay is boring and uninspired. Punching about 15 rabbits 4 times is not fun, and neither is pushing and breaking blocks.
Visually, the game looks ok. However the cel shaded textures sometimes conflict with the more detailed ground and rocks.
The best part of the mod is the audio, which is passable at best.

5/10.

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semicomatose Author
semicomatose May 23 2010, 2:52pm replied:

Your face is passable at best. BOOM!

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