Zombie Exodus, going forward

  1. Group survival sounds more interesting. Makes usually selfish people try and think of others. :wink:

2.Mix between Action and Character building and make the action sequences a bit like a puzzle like the wrong choice and you die.

  1. Not really sure I like real-time but progression is also fun.

4.Emma-Not really sure about her character. Heather-seems like a tomboy with a soft heart(Potential love interest for guys maybe?). Devlin seems like a jerk and I don’t like him very much (Potential love interest for girls maybe?).

  1. I dislike any scene with Devlin.

I just can’t find any redeeming qualities in him.

A couple of things to say :

Firstly, I disagree with victorya about a statement; we know it to be a long distance relationship between brother/sister, but why? Is it something benign, or more complex? That would be an easy expansion point on their relationship possibility, imo.

Also, I can’t believe you don’t like Devlin! He needs to be more comic relief, but he’s got great antihero potential, I think (hope). To be honest, I like devlin more than any other character so far…

@cool74 thanks for the feedback

@devex3 Devlin will be making appearances going forward and both he and Emma’s characters will become more complex. Thanks for your comments.

@Syndicate agreed!!

I am new too, syndicate, and this was the game that really got me started

I really love stories with zombies so I enjoyed every bits of this game. I’m excited to leave some feedbacks! Lemme start off with thanking you for making such an enjoyable game!

  1. Group survival. But group consisting more people than necessary (to the point where there are random people with you whose characters are not developed) appeals even less than solo survival does.

  2. I can’t really imagine what kind of puzzle/ problem solving can be engaged in a zombie game, can you explain this a bit? I think character development is the top priority. I would also like to see a process of building a secure shelter or gathering resources for everyone. I don’t know if its just me, but in these text based games action is just means of checking if I got hurt or not; a thorough description is not necessary.

  3. I prefer real time. I feel that I’m going against majority of people for this one, but I wanna see many little events that happen while trying to survive with people that I don’t know well enough. seeing little conversations and conflicts and everything would provide much better character development also.

  4. I thought you only showed the characteristics partially on purpose so that you can develop it further at later chapters? It was actually more interesting that way because I wasn’t sure of who to trust except for Emma.
    I dunno how much of these were intended, but here’s my impressions of the 3 characters:

-Emma: nice hearted and smart sibling. The one I can surely trust. actually I don’t mind some romance between emma and the main character because realistically having to survive with random people is quite overwhelming and although it’s wrong, being completely comfortable only around your family is definitely understandable.

-Heather: sure she’s Emma’s friend, and while I felt she wouldn’t betray me, to me she’s a sassy little girl who may flip and go against the crowd even if it would cost everyone trouble. I think she’s supposed to be pretty but a bit brainless and immature? I mean wearing shorts when going outside to roads full of zombies? It didn’t make sense to me at all… if you want to make her character attractive I think you need to be a bit less extreme about her personality.

-Devlin: I couldn’t really trust him even though he looked pretty harmless. I see that he is left alone and he needed to stick with my crowd, but the ‘Come on bro’ attitude really bothered me. He looked like the type to take what I provide him for granted and have grudges against me when I don’t give him one little thing he wants. He shows no sign of understanding when I tell him I need to leave without him. Does he not know having one more person during the time of survival is really burdensome? Is he too selfish to understand that? Although most of the time I tried to take him with me until the end because I felt sorry for him, he is not the person I would like to be around with.

  1. I had no favorite scene(not because I didn’t like the game) but my least favorite was when I find a little girl singing on part 1. No matter what I do I never get to save her… what’s that supposed to be? A random girl disappearing?

And I have few additional comments:

-I want to see stats of how much of consumable resources are left. Resources are key part of any survival and I want to see them playing a role instead of just reading descriptions that I found some food which doesn’t feel too life threatening. I don’t think they are necessary until part 2 though.

-Too little dead endings! I was really surprised to see such few dead endings despite the fact that this game involves zombies. Especially part 1! no matter what I do I would always make it through hordes of zombies!! After a while it even felt boring to read the action scenes, assuming I made it through safely. I want more dead endings, but since there is no option of going back in choice of games and it will be irritating to start over after going so far, it would be good to include an option to go back to previous choices or just start the game over after saying that I have died.

I was very happy to provide the feedback! Sorry if its too long and tidious to read lol
thank you again for making such a nice game :slight_smile: can’t wait for the next part!

@pumpkin Thanks for such thorough feedback and the compliments.

My plan is to have resource management, such as number of days of food, number of days of water, an offense rating, and a defense rating, as well as several others.

I have always planned the game as 8 parts, so only one-quarter of the game is finished. In the first 2 parts, I did not have many dead endings, because I consider it early in the game. I want people to get into the story before it ends due to a wrong choice. Starting with part 3, I am increasing the number of dead ends.

Love the game! I think the writing’s good, as well as the characters, as welllll as the choice of weaponry and skills.

Really looking forward to the third part!!

@badwineandlemoncake thanks for the comments. Part 3 will be finished in about 10 days.

The entire part or just part of it?

probably with the entire part with some minor spell checking and stuff like that, at least that what he did with the two other parts.

All of Part 3, as tested as possible. I usually write it all, test it, put it up, then do more thorough editing.

Firstly, I like the choice to be “good” or “bad”. Stuff like back-stabbing others to stay alive?

  1. I prefer solo myself, as I’m not sure how you can model group choices without the main character being the leader/guy casting final vote. I don’t know if you mean making an addition stat page or what not? I think something like the decision of One person can jeopardise the group, but it’s also the group can sacrifice one person?

  2. I think there should be more action and character building. Not too focused on too many characters though. Puzzle problems are okay I guess, but that can kinda be built into the action (like the bit in part 1 about pushing the tree onto the zombie in the forest?)

  3. Time intervals as per flow of the story really, so N/A

  4. The characters are okay, and so far the people I like are (funny enough) the police guarding the doors, the man who get killed by his girlfriend/mistress zombie in the protagonist’s building, and the ghost-like little girl. I enjoyed playing thru as the basketball player, and I want to see a reason for that ghost-like little girl!

  5. Favourite scene is probably just the funny gags while playing as the basketball player. Least is when whichever way you choose after leaving the girls’ house, you end up in a car pile up and gets surprised by the weird guy.

I read through your story, overall I must say very well done. As a reader I want to be drawn in and be apart of the story. I think you have done very well in this regard with only a few bumps in the road for me. These were very few and only minor, these you may wish to consider.

In the apartment with the man that hung himself and the blank check, when you leave the room the transition threw me. You go from leaving his apartment to unlocking your door and entering the hallway.

Once you reach the elevator I had the impression the power was still on by the flickering lights going into the apartment with the hanging zombie. Personally I would have liked to see the elevator in service only to lead to your death.

You build the tension nicely, until I realized there seems to be no limit on the bullets. Lessen the fear factor.

Once you know were your sister is the choice of cars or going subway was a little bit off. I picked the 150, found a candy bar and a pack of smokes. Picked the second truck, found a candy bar and a pack of smokes. Then forced to go down in the subway. Would have liked to check the other cars first.

Like I said small bumps that take me out of the story for a moment. But all in all very well done.

Part 1
Meeting Jason

Wouldn’t somebody that play a lot of video games / scientist be slightly less awestruck at Jason’s computer and all that?

Mindy and Candice

Btw, helping Mindy and Candice in the first place probably deserve a slight humanity rise - you are helping fellow survivors after all.

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Part 2
Charisma

I just realized that perhaps Charisma could kick in earlier - as in soothing tension between Emma, Heather and Devlin, or at least reduce the relationship loss if you do something they don’t like.

Packing

Personally, I’d prefer having Heather grins instead of “smile and nod” if you agree with her when packing - seems more suitable for a energetic person.

Leaving Devlin

I don’t like Devlin much, but perhaps if you have a high humanity when Tom refuse to let Devlin on the boat, the description changes sightly instead of “You feel so calm”? Someone with high humanity probably will worry about every single person : D

Character Choices
I still want to play as Clerks >_>

Thanks for all of the comments. I will definitely take all of the suggestions into account and will check out the errors and issues reported. I appreciate the feedback.

Looks like part 3 is going to be big.

Part 3 will be up tomorrow night around 9pm EST.

Yay~
I died just before we made it to the boat, but I loved it. I would really wish you could carry more items, and less guns. For those of you who have played Left 4 Dead, melee is always the best options because you don’t have to worry about ammo. I personally would like more melee weapons.

But that’s just me…
(I’ll answer the questions now…)

  1. Definitely group survival. I love when you loose someone for some stupid reason…
  2. More adventure and character building. Other people with different personalities in an apocalypse setting isn’t focused on as much as the action, so how they get along after a period of time really effects people and how they feel.
  3. Progress over time. Day-to-day is very boring, and if the time is shown over a certain period, you can see the progressive change in the characters each time.
  4. I really enjoy how the characters have progressed so far. I would like to learn more about Emma and Devlin though. I think it would be interesting if you meet back up with him and he becomes a love interest or something (or some weird dude who’s trying to rape every girl he sees so that they can repopulate the Earth again once this is over. You know, some sort of apocalyptic psycho like that would be nice too).
  5. I liked the part where you meet Devlin and when you can get the samurai sword. That was an excellent choice~

Overall, excellent game. I would like to see an over time social degeneration though.

@IyashiiOtaku thank you for the comments. Looking over the feedback, I have a feeling you’ll enjoy Part 3.