Lots of Zombox development has been happening lately! Progress is still slow because my free time is limited but I’m slowly shortening my todo list.

Most notably, the game now includes a comprehensive fire simulation system. Years ago, I really wanted to include something like this, but the old devices I thought I’d be targeting (iPhone 4) have terrible performance issues when drawing transparent triangles to the screen due to horrible graphics fillrates…so even simple effects like explosion fireballs or burning zombies were causing performance problems. That meant having the ability to display fire effects over large portions of the screen was out of the question and I had removed certain weapons like molotov cocktails from the game in order to remedy the problem.

Now, the silver lining to development taking so long is that mobile technology has progressed to the point where drawing transparent sprites to the screen isn’t that big of an issue any more. So transparent effects like smoke and fire are all things that I can include which won’t kill device framerates. Fire-starting weapons are back in the game too.

So, now everything in the world can be burned with fire, and fire can spread depending on the intensity of the fire and the material it’s spreading to. Concrete and metal are more resilient to flame, whereas wood and cardboard will burn quickly. Fire can also be put out with water. Filling a bucket with any liquid and dumping it on the flames will put them out quickly. Rain will also help snuff out outdoor fires faster.

14 Responses to “Fire…”

  1. Vladimir says:

    It look realy nice, when would you think the game will be ready for testing? I’m quite excited :)

  2. Hugo Ganelius says:

    Two questions: Likelihood of multiplier, and likelihood of Steam release. Thanks, love you.

  3. Spracky says:

    Amazing, you never fail to impress. Keep up the good work!

  4. Pavel says:

    It looks awesome, can’t wait to play it!

  5. ikky says:

    Hello Tyson, I saw a glimpse of your work on twitter and I really loved it.

    Would you accept some help with graphic assets? I´m a traditional animator / Ilustrator , and I can do some very simple 3d models, too.

    Please feel free to contact me at

  6. Terry says:

    Your fire and water effects look awesome.

    Good to hear that development is still going.

    You are really talented my friend.

  7. Fadi98n says:

    Man I love the music in this game. Neat update, by the way.

  8. Nick says:

    Lol I remember first following this game junior year of high school. Now I’m a junior in college :D glad to see its still kicking!

  9. Roque says:

    Wow bro! I’m waiting this game since you started! :D it’s been a long time :D

  10. Klown says:

    Hey man you’re doing an amazing job at this game man, I cannot wait for this game. It looks amazing, been following you since 2011, sooooo when’re you gonna be releasing a beta version or early alpha of the game? This game will probably give me another reason to never put my phone down. Sorry for the long comment, but I been waiting like 6 years which is understandable, you wanna make a really quality game which I can respect. Anyway it really looks like a nice game keep it up man. <3

  11. Scarlov87 says:

    Bro! when? :D wheeeeeennnn??!! hahaha

  12. Dan_Patate says:

    an update of what you’ve been doing in the past 2 months would be nice :)

  13. thelegend28 says:

    nigg* been jacking off for the last two months

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