Android Update 1.18.2

Thanks for all the information about Kindle Fire issues. I now know where the problems are.

I’m releasing another Android stability update today. 1.18.2 contains these changes:

  • Allows looking by swiping entire screen
  • Kindle Fire HD screen orientation bugfix
  • Add more control options

This should appear on Google Play in a couple of hours. Amazon Appstore will take much longer unfortunately, probably around a week. Amazon guys need to certify it.

A lot of people were giving the game bad reviews because you need to use the Look pad to turn. No longer so. Since 1.18.2 you can use entire screen for turning, like Minecraft PE.

There were many difficulties with existing mechanics, like digging and especially throwing, but I managed to overcome all of them. The only difference is that to activate throwing you have to hold your finger in one place for a short time. Previously you were able to do it instantly, but it would collide with full screen looking of course. You can disable the full screen look in the settings and go back to pad-only control.

Windows Phone users will get all these changes in 1.19.

Now back to electricity.


  1. max samuels
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 02:11 | Permalink | Reply

    Sounds great.

  2. jriot10
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 02:16 | Permalink | Reply

    Yay full screen looking :D

  3. kirbydiary
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 02:44 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey Kaalus, great job with SC but i’m not able to download with an optimus 2x nvidia tegra 2.
    The store says: this device is unssuported.

  4. Arthur
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 03:28 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Kaalus, I emailed you a while back about the screen not displaying in the right aspect ratio on my tablet. In your previous post I thought I saw someting about you fixing the Aspect rato problem. However, I just installed 1.18.2 on my tablet and the problem is still not fixed. I was just wondering when this issue will be resolved. Thanks.

    • Posted November 19, 2012 at 10:03 | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Arthur,

      What tablet do you have and what is the problem?

      • Posted November 19, 2012 at 10:37 | Permalink | Reply

        Ah, OK, I see the email now. So the problem is on HTC Jetstream the top part of the UI is invisible. Sigh. It seems that every Android device has a different issue. How is it possible that it works fine on so many tablets, and then suddenly on one of them (even though the hardware seems to be the same) something goes wrong? Testament to the great quality of Android probably :-) I now have a big box full of different Android phones and tablets, and it works on all of them. But it’s still not enough apparently, will need to get more. Original Kindle Fire and now HTC Jetstream.

        • Posted November 19, 2012 at 13:59 | Permalink

          Kaalus u must be very busy….dont stress urself over coding and stuff :)take a break for a short while :)

  5. Calvin
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 07:04 | Permalink | Reply

    Is there any chance you could make a new control option for removing the move control pad, while you’re using the fullscreen move?

    • Posted November 19, 2012 at 12:15 | Permalink | Reply

      It’s the fullscreen look. I thought about removing it but the screen looks so unabalanced without it I decided to leave it for now. May add an option in the future.

  6. Posted November 19, 2012 at 14:04 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus i am really really really sorry to bother u but there is a bug where sometime the sound system is gone…example i can only hear footsteps but i cant hear,eating,animals,tnt bombs,rain etc…i think its a minor bug….thanks for reading

    • Posted November 19, 2012 at 14:05 | Permalink | Reply

      My device is: Samsung galaxy W GT-I8150

    • Posted November 19, 2012 at 14:06 | Permalink | Reply

      I can only fix that when i restart my phone but after a while playing it will happen again…

    • Posted November 19, 2012 at 14:38 | Permalink | Reply

      but this problem dont mind me for now i suggest u just focus on electric because u have more priorities :)

  7. Posted November 19, 2012 at 14:13 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi everybody!
    Kaalus,brother,..please answer me..
    Where is explosion craters?
    I can’t find them!
    Or you not create them?
    And qestion nomber two.
    If you create some wilages
    They appear on the unknow trretory?
    Or not?
    P.s. demo is awesome
    I wait full wesion))
    From russia with love)
    А если ты смог прочитать эти строки…
    Ты вобще крутой)

    • Chaos
      Posted November 19, 2012 at 17:23 | Permalink | Reply

      Ему будет проще прочитать то,что ты написал на русском,чем то,что ты написал на английском,грамотей:)И кстати полная версия уже давно есть.

  8. alkhayal
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 15:16 | Permalink | Reply

    I can’t get this update..
    Tried to download it from store
    But nothing happen :(

    • alkhayal
      Posted November 19, 2012 at 15:20 | Permalink | Reply

      And I mean paid version..
      Not demo

  9. jax
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 16:27 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow amazing work. Keep it up! can’t wait for more. Best game out there for android.

  10. kenkesey8
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 20:35 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi again, Kaalus.
    As soon as I started to spread the word about the Android version, a load of friends installed the game, and they are quite happy with it.

    The problem is the following:
    One of my friends, who owns an LG Optimus 2X, told me about this strange problem that on his device most textures are not displaying properly, and item bitmaps do not display at all on his screen while crafting or browsing the creative mode inventory. I did some searching in your previous posts, and found some clues about known glitches on the Tegra2 GPU. By the way, he’s on 2.3.4 Gingerbread. I wonder if there’s a workaround until you release a patch for it, he’s very eager to check out the game, but it isn’t possible to survive in survival mode this way. ;)
    Cheers, and thanks in advance.

    • Posted November 19, 2012 at 20:55 | Permalink | Reply


      Thanks for the help. As for Optimus 2X it’s one of the affected phones unfortunately, and I don’t know about any workarounds. Some people reported that the game works for them on Optimus2X, but they were using Android 4.0.3. I don’t know whether Android version has any effect or not. I personally believe that this is a nVidia driver issue that manifests itself by sometimes miscompiling shaders that contain “discard” instruction. I was about to get an Optimus2X myself to try to fix or workaround it a couple of days ago, but sadly it didn’t work out, as explained in the earlier post. Otherwise fix would be in 1.18.2.

      • kenkesey8
        Posted November 19, 2012 at 21:18 | Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the fast reply.
        I think I remember my friend saying there is no official way to update the phone to Android 4.0.3, but I guess I’ll have a look at it when I have some time.
        Also, I heard about this kind of issue with the Tegra2 driver from someone else, so you might not be the only victim. :)

        Some other info you might be interested in:
        Before updating his phone to 2.3.4, he also tried it on a 2.2 Android. It didn’t work at all – it had just frozen before even loading into the main menu, and then it displayed a screen full of coloured lines. It was like a windows crash. We had to pull out the battery pack to be able to reboot… :)
        I also managed to install and play the demo on a Galaxy Mini 2, and it run flawlessly. Actually, it was somewhat smoother than on my Omnia 7. :)

  11. Alex McCulloch
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 03:08 | Permalink | Reply

    Dude you are my hero. Played minecraft pe and it sucks compared to your wonderful game. Might even uninstall minecraft to open up some space on my phone. I honestly play survival craft more than I play my ps3. lol

  12. noe
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 04:47 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi kaalus I have a galaxy s lll. I purshased the game but it doesnt let me play it. It apears a black screen

    • Posted November 20, 2012 at 10:21 | Permalink | Reply

      Hi noe. What is the Android version you are using and which version of Galaxy 3: international or US? Please reply to candyrugusgames at

  13. Posted November 20, 2012 at 07:38 | Permalink | Reply

    Having major problems with dropbox. I log in on the browser and it says survivalcraft is linked up to dropbox, then press back 3 times and it goes back to the game. I try to upload or even check on drop box and it says I am not connected. Is there a trick to this??? sorry for the repeat but I was typing in the dark…….

    • brian t
      Posted November 21, 2012 at 00:15 | Permalink | Reply

      have you tried installing on pc or other device first as this works best. once intalled on pc there is a bit of too and throwing from wp7 or android then it backs up fine. use the faq or even better reading back some pages gives long winded but acurate ways of backing up island. (would like to see some links from faq to very good answers to questions Kaalus inc yours). the forum is great but some want the answers quickly.

      • Posted November 21, 2012 at 01:32 | Permalink | Reply

        Hi Brian T, I have Dropbox installed on PC and my phone. I have an android HTC Amaze 4G. Do you have a link to where the info is on how to back up my Island? I looked all over before posting this but could not find anything about it. Thanks for the reply… Any help is greatly appreciated….

        • brian t
          Posted November 23, 2012 at 22:59 | Permalink

          Sorry Curt just found your reply 2nite. Looked back to find my help some pages back and hope this is still correct. Hi max what i did was downloaded the dropbox on my pc first, then on the survivalcraft start screen enter the dropbox and enter your name and password. it links up then you can upload your world from your mobile. back on the pc open dropbox then apps then surv then save your world you should see it there. hope this is helpfull

          brian t
          Posted August 22, 2012 at 20:11 | Permalink | Reply
          also max from top of this page click on forum, over on the right you will see a dropbox link that takes you to a page where you add your details and download it to your pc. i chose the free 2gb option, once you got it on your pc do the connection from your phone as above.

        • brian t
          Posted November 23, 2012 at 23:06 | Permalink

          Again I appologise for taking so long to reply , i do read back quite often though. and hope this info still works, the trouble is i downloaded dropbox about july so even when i wrote this i had to really think how i did it because we all only do it once. Let me know if this help works or better still just add a note here below to say yay or nay. GL Buddy.

        • brian t
          Posted November 23, 2012 at 23:18 | Permalink

          Trawling back through all the pages is difficult and I would love some link on here like a search listing all pages with given word and maybe some rated advice may help people to reguarly asked questions.

        • brian t
          Posted November 23, 2012 at 23:29 | Permalink

          Sorry Curt have just read comment below and the problem we had a few months ago may still be there. just follow the advice below hitting the back button on the 404 screen it should get you back to the right screen. sorry to anyone else about my very many comments on this page. but i do like to try and help.

  14. Posted November 20, 2012 at 08:16 | Permalink | Reply


  15. Posted November 20, 2012 at 18:32 | Permalink | Reply

    I was wondering, is there a way to donate and if there is how? Also I got annoyed by PayPal and cancelled my account yesterday. I’d rather not open another and I had an idea that if you add an option to donate you could use WP8’s new in app purchasing for donations. It would be cool and I think you may get quite a few donations to help out.

    • max samuels
      Posted November 20, 2012 at 22:26 | Permalink | Reply

      I think donating is a good idea, but I think a system of In app purchases would work better and be more useful in the long run.

    • brian t
      Posted November 20, 2012 at 23:14 | Permalink | Reply

      Dear SOBrozCraft.
      What amount of money were you thinking of donating to Kaalus, are we talking about a huge some that may allow him to give up his day job. Or is it say an equivelent amount you paid for the game, my contribution will be to download it on any device i purchase and have already done so. just trying to get a handle of donation you were thinking of?

      • brian t
        Posted November 20, 2012 at 23:24 | Permalink | Reply

        If it is an amount you don’t wan’t disclose but are determined to help him why dont you try a private discussion with him, his email being. candyrufusgames at maybe he hasn’t seen your urge to help him out, very previlidged to here from so many wanting to help like this, I have seen some of you guys on tv helping people out and you are true diamonds. We need more people in the privoledged society like yourself, again huge well done buddy.

        • brian t
          Posted November 20, 2012 at 23:57 | Permalink

          So good those bugs have been sorted on the fire Hd how’s it running on yours now?. have been playing on the wp7 and now the fire too what a great game yeh much better than the minecraft clone eh. and now better with the big screen, is the US version the same as the uk one?.

  16. craftw4
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 19:13 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi kaalus!

    Are you making pistons? Can you tell

  17. Posted November 21, 2012 at 01:59 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Kaalus

    Is 1.8.2 only for Kindle Fire? I don’t see it in the market yet… Thanks

  18. Posted November 21, 2012 at 03:07 | Permalink | Reply

    I was thinking of 30-50 dollar donation just to help out a little with all the testing he has to do and all the phones. I’d probably make smaller donations later every couple of updates.

    • chrism81
      Posted November 22, 2012 at 13:19 | Permalink | Reply

      Do it. He never had any problems when it was just a WP7 game. But Android is such a mess, I’m afraid he will be spending way too much time fixing bugs that are not in any way related to the game, but a result of Android and the massive variety of hardware it runs on.

    • Kevin
      Posted November 30, 2012 at 15:14 | Permalink | Reply

      Kaalus would appreciate that. He just keeps buying phones, tablets, and devices just to fix it on almost every device he can. It think that would help him

  19. Race Horse Trainer
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 15:00 | Permalink | Reply

    Just wandering when will windows phone update come out? Please respond ASA,
    Race Horse Trainer.

  20. oktay
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 15:51 | Permalink | Reply

    It’s good game

  21. Frances
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 04:17 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi i am a huge fan of this game .
    But i am experiencing a problem of the dropbox . I am using lg optimus l7 .
    The game version is 1.18.2. It always appear that it can’t link up to dropbox (error 404), can you fix this pls ? ; )
    Except this minor problem , your game is perfect. Good job !
    P.s. I am drooling for the electric stuff.

    • brian t
      Posted November 23, 2012 at 23:25 | Permalink | Reply

      Hi frances there was a problem with dropbox and i thought it had all been sorted. the fix when there was a problem a few months ago was to hit back 2 or 3 times to get you to the relevant screen. Is there still a problem there then Fances? let Kaalus know if there is I don’t beleive he is aware. try the back bit first though.

  22. syahmi
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 04:49 | Permalink | Reply

    Needs armour,carts,more items and bug fixes

  23. Posted April 23, 2013 at 00:22 | Permalink | Reply

    all the time i used to read smaller posts that as
    well clear their motive, and that is also happening with this piece of writing which I
    am reading at this place.

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