Fainting, hunger pains and more…

Smaller update this week because most of what I worked on was just optimizing code…

The ailment system has some new additions:

  • When your character is bleeding, he’ll now attract all nearby zombies
  • When your character is too sleep deprived, there’s a chance he could pass out. This leaves you vulnerable. Clicking your character repeatedly, however, will slap him back awake
  • When your character is too hungry, he’ll clench his stomach to ease the hunger pains. This prevents you from using weapons until you eat again (although you’ll still be able to attack with your fists)
  • When you’re suffering from one or more ailments, you’ll slowly become delirious. This will cause the screen to wobble and your character will stumble around, unable to move in straight lines

Special attacks and attack bonus upgrades are also disabled while you’re in the later stages of suffering from any one of the three main ailment types.

Also, all 900 item icons were re-rendered at double resolution to make them look crisper at higher (retina) resolutions.

I’m also thinking about adding some food/sleep/health bonuses, that will give the player extra damage/speed/defense bonuses when you get extra food/sleep/meds. That will help to balance things out so you are inclined to eat/sleep/medicate yourself more often — not just to prevent death.

113 Responses to “Fainting, hunger pains and more…”

  1. Miguel says:

    Amazing, amazing, this is like isometric Stalker with zombies and for iPhone, it even has twice more depth than Stalker.

    I haven’t been this excited about game for months, this has gotten me more hyped than any console games these past 2 years.

  2. Nicolo says:

    Is it optimized for the 4 inch screen on the Iphone 5?

  3. Fadi98n says:

    Awesome update tyson really cool features ๐Ÿ™‚
    And the updates are coming fast (me like) XD
    Thanks for the azimg updates. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Gulo says:

    Amazing!Love the updates..and perhaps more crazy ideas..To give player boost… you need to add in cocaine…i mean adrenaline..pain pills..etc. and maybe some items have downsides..like..adrenaline gives you added strength and speed but will take more damage from zombies. that’ll be cool

    And a gui/icon or whatever that show our body parts that highlighted green if a body part or limb is injured..colour changes to yellow..depending how bad it is
    green =good condition
    yellow=slightly injured

    ITs complicated i know..just ideas i had

  5. Jan Gross says:

    Will you make a Coop?

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      Unfortunately no, there probably won’t be any multiplayer.

      • Jan Gross says:


      • hassan-q8 says:

        dear tyson ibale or whatever ur name man xD.
        everytime i wake up and go to ur website excited for a new update somtimes it takes alot but i liked this update mostly then others becuase it have like special powers and stuff like put a rage meter when you kill alot zombies with a mele weapon such as axe sledge hammers and hand axes and others mele weapons and plus can you make like multiplayer? infected VS survivors? im REALY happy that the game of my dreams is being developed i hope you get 10 stars in the AppStore man i LOVE ur game so much! do you belive that im typing this comment in the school? they gave us a stupid internet lesson and then he said teacher: SURF THE WEB AS MUCH AS YOU WANT! i was like WUTTT LETS ROLL ZOMBOX IM COMING XD

        from ur dear friend and 1# fan hassan

  6. Cameron says:

    Can you show us a list of the items in the game, and I think that is a great ideas about the body parts and if they are in good condition that would be awesome if you added that

  7. Cameron says:

    And if you could like post an update every Friday that would be awesome to

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      Yea, I’ve been trying to post weekly updates. Even if they’re not huge, at least people know how the game’s coming along.

  8. Fadi98n says:

    Tyson what are these X marks on the sewers ?
    is it like blue X’s are for NPC’s and red X’s are for Zombies.?

  9. Topfries says:

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. zombies214 says:

    hey Tyson could you please make it so that you can scavenge dead Npc’s for their clothes or weapons/food

  11. Gulo says:

    Ty.. when character bleeds ..does he bleeds because taking alot of hits?and do zombies hurt each other(if a zombie accidentally hits other zombie)?And do zombies deal damage depending on their size.

    • Gulo says:

      And could the sharp weapons like knife,sword etc. deals overtime damage to zombies?like bleed out..kinda..

      • Tyson Ibele says:


        Bleeding can happen for a number of reasons….it can happen randomly (although rarely) during a zombie attack, or if the player sustains a lot of damage from a bomb blast, or if the player is shot by an NPC, etc.

        Right now zombies cannot hurt each other, and yes…the amount of damage they do is based on their size and whether or not they’re using a weapon.

        As for having sharp weapons cause a bleedout…it wouldn’t make too much sense since zombies don’t bleed. They are undead humans and do not have a beating heart ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Zombies214 says:

    Hey Tyson please reply. Since this game is definitely going to hit ios I want to ask If it will surely support older generations of iPods like IPod 4th generation. Plz respond

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      I don’t know exactly what devices will be supported right now. All I can say is that currently I test it on the iPhone 4.

      The iPod 4 has only half the ram that the iPhone 4 has though, so I don’t think the iPod 4 will be supported.

      • Miguel says:

        Oh no D: I asked you the same thing and you said I was going to support it.

        Well, time to buy an iPhone lol

        • Tyson Ibele says:

          Unfortunately in the past when I had told some people the iPod4 would be supported, it was before I realized that it had less than than the iPhone 4.

          Unless I can figure out a way to drastically reduce the amount of RAM required for Zombox, I won’t be able to support the iPod4.

          To give you an idea of the amount required….Zombox currently takes about 200mb of RAM to run. The max that a single app can use in the iPod is about 110-120mb.

          So obviously…it’s no easy solution to cut the RAM requirements in half, and it probably won’t happen. Sorry about that ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Simon says:


    I’m pretty sure this game will reach the top 10 easily as long as it’s not too buggy or have horrible controls. The concept is really awesome and the art is amazing.

    Congratulation, I hope you make enough money so you can make a sequel with huge team of coders and add a coop mode.

    Hey man, keep up the good work and count me in to buy your game day 1.

  14. T4v0c31l0 says:

    Loving this game soo much. Your work looks awesome, I can’t wait to see it :D. By the way, will the map be endless? i’m curious of the world generation and, I know by sure someone asked you before but… Will iPod 4g be supported for this? Will it be universal? That would be reaally good!

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      The map will not be endless, no.

      I’m toying with the idea of having an endless sewer system somewhere on the map, but the above ground parts will be finite.

  15. Chris says:

    Have you worked out how the game concludes? Or does it not conclude and you just get to continue your adventure like day Z? (Btw I’m not comparing this game to day Z, and not trying to insult your game, it is just the first reference that came to mind.

  16. Geta-Ve says:

    900 item icons?! Holy shit! You’re a god man! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Zombox214 says:

    Hey Tyson is it likely that if you make a pc release that It will feature co-op with 2-4 players? just wondering because if so then I would be happy to buy it on PC and IOS.
    Also could you add a zombie trap that is craftable with any kind of food item, scrap metal, and hammer? similar to the bomb trap but with food that stalls the zombies and draws them away from you.
    could you also add random grocery stores stocked with food and maybe a few scattered weapons that you and a fellow NPC can shelter in? Sort of like Dead rising mall but a bit smaller with mainly food. Id like if there would be a place to take shelter instead of switching from house to house rummaging through everything.

    I hope you read this, answer my questions, and add my suggestions to your brilliant Game that will soon be a revolution.

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      Zombox won’t have any multiplayer.

      As for your other suggestions, the game already has grocery stores that will have food items on the shelves. There are also bear traps you can set that trap/kill zombies, and firecracker bombs which distract them. In the future I’ll probably add traps that both kill *and* distract the zombies, yes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Zombox214 says:

    or maybe make a bomb trap with a timer and food so that it will attract a crowd of zombies and not blow up right away. If you could add such an item or maybe modify the bomb trap that would be awesome ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Zombox214 says:

    sorry for compiling I forgot to refresh the page and thanks for informing me so quickly ๐Ÿ˜€ perhaps you should make your 14th preview showing off almost every aspect of the game in addition to the update. Thanks for replying!

  20. Zombox214 says:

    Hey Tyson ive noticed there are police shields, does this mean there are police NPC’s, Police Cars, or perhaps abandoned Police Stations? if not how would you obtain the item? or do I have to play to find out? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      There are police stations where you can find guns and other “good” weapons.

      Haven’t thought about things like police cars…but there probably will be police NPCs at some point.

  21. MonsterZombie says:

    Tyson will there be a PC release around the same time the IOS release is with the same or even more content and controls to fit the keyboard?

  22. Anonymous says:


  23. Gulo says:

    Hey Ty,
    could we make home-made weapons? like a combining can of hairspray and a lighter to make a tiny flamethrower?

  24. Fadi98n says:

    Hey Tyson
    I just had an idea how about adding a very very rare drop from NPCs and Zombies that will drop flesh after death you can maybe add puting the flesh and a bottle in the crafting area to make it throwable to atract zombies towards the bottle and not the

  25. Fadi98n says:

    Hey Tyson
    I just had some ideas i wanted to share with you
    Idea 1: how about adding a very very rare drop from NPCs and Zombies that will drop flesh after death you can maybe add puting the flesh and a bottle in the crafting area to make it throwable to atract zombies towards the bottle and not the player.

    Idea 2: how about addin perfumes like a zombie perfume that would make you smell like zombies for an OK amount of time (3 to 6 mins) and make the zombie perfume carftable with zombie flesh so it would be hard to make and make it a 2 or 3 time use and make all of the perfumes hard to make

    Idea 3: can you add like a needle so you can take some of your blood and make a perfume with your blood, spray the perfume to attract zombies (this would be awesome for hardcore players who want a challenge).

    Idea 4: if you do add tge perfumes make the spraying used just like food or medicine (moving it from the inventory to the player body).

    I’m sure that you can make these ideas better if you do decide to add them.
    Sorry for the long post and sorry for the un-completed post before this one i accidentally hit the post button while writing this.
    Thank you for your time and i hope you think about my ideas and possibly adding them to the game. ๐Ÿ˜€
    And thank you for being an awesome dev. And open-minded to peoples ideas not many devs do that so thanks for being awesome ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. Zombies214 says:

    Hey Tyson don’t you think the blood covering the entire weapon on the first hit is kind of excessive? Just wondering if you could fix that. And also I’d love to see your reply to the comment above mine ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      The ‘blood on the entire weapon’ thing has since been fixed…the blood is more spotty and subtle now ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. M61 says:

    Hey Tyson add zombie doctors that spit blood and zombie thieves with 4 arms that try and steel your equipped item and run with it. maybe some zombie dogs and an uninfected dog that protects you. Also could you add a craftable item that summons a zombie boss that would be cool

  28. Dr Bren says:

    Hey Ty if you could respond if the game is finished and later years will there be a sequel like a game like Armageddon style as same as fallout 3 with people with guns trying to fight each other survival

  29. Digitalfiend says:

    With regards to being tired and delirium, it might be cool to occasionally have “phantom” zombies or NPCs appear when the player is sick or exhausted; these hallucinations might result in the player attacking an enemy that isn’t there, wasting ammo/stamina, etc. This could even lead to things like the player trying to help a NPC that is being attacked by zombies but once the player gets close…there is no NPC, just zombies. You could have a valuable resource appear near zombies but not actually be there… That sort of thing… ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Gulo says:

    Instead of burning,shooting, and Throwing pipebombs at zombies, could we freeze them like a liquid nitrogen bomb?
    Or atleast throw acid at zombies, crafting acid + a glass tube crafting it from a lab or something

  31. Tec says:

    Hey Tyson, its been a while since my last post on here. Cant wait for this game. I used to check this site everyday now its like once a week. I have to pace myself and not get too excited lol. Great work so far and hope too see it in the app store soon! But i do have one very important question im sure people ALWAYS ask and im sure it gets annoying but when do you think the release will be? A Fans gotta ask!:)

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      Thanks for the support! But the release date is still unknown. Since I’m a one-man show on this game these things take more time. For example, even if the game is totally ‘done’ from a features standpoint, it could still be many weeks before it’s actually released because there could be tricky bugs to fix, apple could reject it for any number of reasons and it would need to be tweaked, etc. I don’t have a big department of people working on it and a bunch of QA testers making sure everything works….it’s just me fiddling with it on my evenings and weekends when I have a moment to spare ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’d love to be able to post a release date, as I know everyone is excited to play it…but it’s simply not possible and it’ll only end in disappointment due to the inevitable setbacks that often occur in an unstructured development cycle.

  32. Tec says:

    And i am a huge fan! Haha

  33. Zombies214 says:

    Hey Tyson can NPC’s enter vehicles with you or maybe farm with you or help you take shelter? Also can you give them weapons to help fend of the horde? If I would be able to get a positive response then I think the NPC’S can be accepted as a replacement for co op. I just hope they can do most of the things that a normal player can

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      Right now NPCs can’t join or help you other than follow you on foot and shoot zombies.

      In the future their abilities will be amped up.

  34. Zombies214 says:

    Also I noticed your video that demonstrates the ability to Rob an NPC. Is it possible they can do the same to you?

  35. Zombies214 says:

    Also do they have the same advantages/disadvantages that some characters have? Ex: Roy is slower at using two handed weapons

  36. Cameron c says:

    Can you put traps that reset themselves over time so that you can barricade your house

  37. Cameron c says:

    Kindove like a chain reactionand after like a lot of uses the trap might break and you have to take out a part and replace it for it to work again

  38. Nathan says:

    Funny that the dudes clutching his stomach and the kid is punching him!xD

  39. Topfries says:

    wow this game looks awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€

    question: are the players immune to the virus, or is there a chance that the player can get infected.

    It would be cool if certain characters had a higher or lower chance of infection. And if infected you only have a few days (or a short while) to find some meds.

    But that’s just some random idea that popped into my head. Do what you would like and good luck ๐Ÿ˜€

    did I already say that this game is awesome? Yes? Oh well then Ill say it again……this game is AWESOME ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  40. Zombies214 says:

    Hey Tyson can u answer my question about NPCs an also I wanted to ask If you could add a craft wepon with nails + Boxing Gloves= Fist รณ Pain. And also an alternative, Boxing Gloves + Propaine= Flaming Fists.
    I was wondering if you would add boxing gloves as a meelee weapon with extra knock back. Hope you reply Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Cameron says:

    Ty quick question will there be like a sandbox mode where you can not die so you can test things in the game that you can not in the real thing because of like you keep dying or something. Just a thought. And can you read my other comment about the traps a couple comments above? Thanks.

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      I thought of maybe adding a purely ‘fun mode’ that the player can go into when they fall asleep on a bed…in a dream. Basically when you fall asleep a popup would ask if you want to dream, and you’d go into a special dream level where zombie attacks can hurt you, but if you die you just wake up — you don’t actually die in the real world.

      Kills in that zombie dream land would count towards your overall XP and stuff.

      I haven’t made that level though, and don’t know if i ever will.

      • Zombies214 says:

        This is a really cool idea I think you should go through with it. Maybe the dream level should count as an actual other world, as I there are two stories going on, and maybe you can choose a different character to dream about

  42. Cameron says:

    Ok I just thought of three more things.
    1.do you already have like a weapon crafting sheet that you randomly find so that you can build things with ease?
    2.what if there where treasure maps that you find randomly
    3.what if there was a metal detecter and you could find coins on dirt or sand and like in sewers and things like that.
    Please think about adding these that would be awesome.

    • Fadi98n says:

      For your 1ST question there are books that he added in the game a few post before this
      Here’s the link:

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      1) Books found in the world give you recipes when you read them. A previous update shows this.

      2) Probably won’t happen….it’s difficult to create maps for a large procedurally generated world that don’t take up lots of texture RAM space. Maybe you’ll be able to unlock waypoint markers on the main map that will tell you where to go for bonuses and things, though.

      3) There is a new way to earn money that doesn’t involve killing zombies or selling to NPCs that will be revealed in the next update.

  43. Zombies214 says:

    Hey Cameron as to ur first question copy this link into your search bar. http://www.zombox.net/?p=289#comments Hopefully this helped ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. RoxXxor says:

    2 questions:
    Relase date?
    will it work on iphone 3gs ? Thank you
    Really amazing game so cool love it love it love itttt ๐Ÿ˜€

  45. RoxXxor says:

    And yea will it be free? Please be free,please be freeeeee

  46. Zombies214 says:

    Hey Tyson when will you post your next update? Will it also be updated to YouTube?

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      You’ll have to wait and see ๐Ÿ™‚

      If you look closely you might see a pattern regarding which days of the week I tend to post updates on though….

  47. Zombies214 says:

    It will also be really cool if you took the time too add the boxing gloves and it’s craft options. I was also thinking if you could add Hair\wigs to add to the hat accessory slot. And another item suggestion: fire extinguisher to put out flaming NPCs and freeze zombies (while their frozen you can smash them with a meelee weapon to break them)

  48. Zombies214 says:

    What do ya think about the fire extinguisher/wigs? And aw man you skipped last Friday ๐Ÿ˜‰

  49. Nick says:

    Hey Ty! Do u think this will be out by may? Because I’m going to Seattle and I need something to play on the flight!

    • Tyson Ibele says:

      It’s impossible to tell what the future holds…but right now it’s extremely unlikely that it’ll be out in May….

  50. Cameron says:

    Yea can we make a goal for may or a beta or something

  51. Gulo says:

    Ty,you should make the game be seasonal..

    when its halloween theres pumpkins everywhere,zombies drops candies,a few zombies/npcs wearing costumes
    when easter, Easter bunneh zombie :3 and zombies drop baskets
    and as for christmas, its snowing ๐Ÿ˜€

  52. Flux says:

    Hey Ty if you have any ideas for a new game will it have the same
    Zombox characters but no zombies like armegeddon destroyed world version pls respond

  53. Fadi98n says:

    Hi Tyson
    1. Is it possible to add a recpect system in the game like insted of having it being able to take NPC’s with you you’ll have to earn thir recpect like doing 2 missions for an NPC gives you 1 recpect point and every 5 points gives you the ability to take 1 NPC each time with of corse giving them like 5-10 coins each.
    2. missions should give us the ability to make NPC’s trust us more which will make the charging amount more balanced (charging 0% more) beacuse i think NPCs charging pete 20% more is a lot so by doing al lot of missions we can make it 0% charging more and if and if a player hurts an NPC they will charge more and no decresing untill we do more missions
    1.Finnaly thier trust becomes like -90% most of them will attack on sight and you can’t decrese that unless you find the 10% of NPCs left that will give us a chance and we can do missions for them so it will decrese.

  54. Fadi98n says:

    oh and thank you for answer to all my questions ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Zombies214 says:

    GTA, Dead Rising, & Minecraft all rolled into one little bundle. I hope you finish soon Tyson ๐Ÿ˜€ . I was wondering if you could add barbed wire to put in front of your house as a barricade, a fire extinguisher that freezes zombies and puts out flaming NPCs, Wigs that go in the hat slot, and the boxing gloves that can be crafted into flaming gloves and fists of pain. Thanks for listening I hope u reply ๐Ÿ™‚

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