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Survivalcraft Multiplayer Review

The biggest, longest awaited, and most frequently requested feature for Survivalcraft is finally here: multiplayer. While we don’t quite have full-blown wireless multiplayer with servers and mods, it’s still wonderful that we now have a way to share the game with family and friends, at lease in split-screen, for now. And who knows? Maybe we will see servers come to Survivalcraft (maybe we’ll even be one of the first to run a server) one day!

For now though, let’s appreciate what we’ve got. In version 2.1, you can now share your game with up to three other friends via the game’s built-in split-screen system. When you go to create your world, you are not only able to set your world name and options, but you can also set up your players as well.

You can choose between one of 4 skins for each gender: Walter, Basil, Geoffrey, and Zachary for the boys; as well as Doris, Ada, Mabel, and Shirley for the girls. If you’ve downloaded skins from the Community Content, Dropbox, or wherever else, you can set those as your skin as well.

In addition to editing the players, there’s also some new world options, as well. One of the options allows you to change whether you want the traditional continental world type or a smaller island generation, particularly if you think your phone or tablet might not be able to handle such a massive world. Flat is still an option as well.

Once you’re in the game, you can get to your player stats by tapping the back arrow at the top left. Hitting the ellipsis on either players screen area will bring up a menu where you can either get to the game settings, edit the players in the world, or just get some in-game help and info. Any of these options will pause the game and whatever in full-screen.

After tapping on the Edit Players option, you can edit any of the players in the game, add or remove players, change the multiplayer screen layout, as well as adding gamepads to control any of the players.

Split-screen multiplayer does have advantages over wireless multiplayer. Since everything is processed on one computer, you’ll never have to deal with connection issues. In addition, all players have to play at the same time, so there’s no logging out while anther player plays so you can bypass getting killed at night or starving to death until someone can get you food. Only way around this is to delete your player, but then again you’d lose all your items and especially experience. Makes it a bit more realistic, don’t you think?

That’s pretty much all there is to it! If you have any questions, feel free to post those in the comments below.

Moved to a new web host.

Ever hated how long the website would take to load (if it even did that!)? That should no longer be an issue, as I have moved the whole website including the domain over to my new hosting company. Took a bit of time to figure out, but it’s done!

I made a few small changes to the home page, mainly just fixing some broken links. I intend to do some more work here and there over the week.

By the way, if you tried to email us late at night, we might have not have gotten them, as moving to the new host took our email accounts offline for a bit, but all should be good now!

Happy Survivalcrafting!

Multiplayer and Gamepad support coming to Survivalcraft, our new website is LIVE

Kaalus never fails to amaze me. Just got off work earlier, checked my Google news feed and saw his blog post titled, “This is what I am working on”. To no surprise I immediately clicked it and sure enough, the big new feature is multiplayer… well sort of.

It’s not multiplayer in the sense of wireless communication between two devices. Instead, it’s more of an old-school split screen multiplayer like the way people used to play multiplayer video games on consoles before the internet got a hold of them.

But it’s definitely a start! I’m sure we’ll get more details later, but for now we know that, on Windows 10 at least, player 1 will use the keyboard and mouse, and everyone else will use separate gamepads. Not sure if this can be changed though, for example whether player 2 could work keyboard instead, or perhaps whether it can be ditched all together.

I’m hoping the game makes its way to the Amazon Fire TV. I have the device myself, and used to like playing Minecraft on it before Mojang/Microsoft decided to make the game a separate $20 purchase for the system, even though I own the game on my Fire tablet. I know they’ve got to make that two and a half billion dollars back, but man, $20 is still a lot despite all that they’ve added since Microsoft’s acquisition of Mojang. Kaalus did a ton with Survivalcraft 2 it’s still only $3.99 (however I make no promise the price won’t go up).

Oh well, enough of my rambling, let’s talk about our new site. Most of the magnificent work was done by Kria Nukkao. She’s paying for the web host at current, and she practically built the site by herself while I sat back and pretended that I was in charge. Even the background header video was done by her, with the music composed by her as well. I only made a few edits on the site here and there where I thought was necessary.

I do hope you take pleasure when visiting our new site. We’re always open to suggestions, and our goal is to be the #1 go-to place for your Survivalcraft-related needs.