Split-Touch Controls

A lot of people requested addition of so-called “split touch controls” (in Minecraft PE parlance). After I publish any video, I usually get tons of comments and emails “how do I get the crosshair to appear”.

Up to now the crosshair was only available on my development build, which runs on PC, but I decided to change that.

1.20 contains a new option in the controls settings, which allows you to enable split-touch controls. If you do it,  you get a crosshair in the center of the screen, and you can dig and place blocks pointed by it by tapping/holding the look area.

Crosshair

I’ve also improved block highlighting code – the black highlight now shows actual bounding box of a block that is being pointed at, not some approximation.

1.20 needs a few small touches and a lot of testing, and I’ll release it.

44 Comments

  1. jesusice
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 20:21 | Permalink | Reply

    I’ll test :)

  2. Sigh
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 20:36 | Permalink | Reply

    I can test :)

  3. gunpowder
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 20:48 | Permalink | Reply

    Can’t wate to get it for my phone. I’m so excited, you have added photodiode, coal block, forest biome, better world settings, new control settings and stuff like that, and just in weeks, you are doing amazing job kaalus, I believe at some beautiful day, sc is in final version with multiplayer. Some day, this game is even better than minecraft and other sandbox games, maby even best sandbox game in the world! Keep it up kaalus.

  4. gunpowder
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 20:49 | Permalink | Reply

    And could you try to make fences sticking in other blocks?

    • Robofighter1000
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 16:31 | Permalink | Reply

      I have had problems with cows getting out through a glitch by walking through the gap inbetween fence and the wall. Can you add gates so that the animals stop getting out .

  5. Nicolas
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 21:19 | Permalink | Reply

    will come in the end of january or before march?

  6. jamie
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 21:41 | Permalink | Reply

    Plz tell when it will come out :-(

  7. Posted January 27, 2013 at 22:13 | Permalink | Reply

    I just want to say what a great job you are doing, so many new features at request of users. Development updates all the time, I don’t play the game that much but I still follow all the posts here. Keep up the fantastic work.

  8. Posted January 28, 2013 at 00:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Yay :-) Its better because fingers are bigger than blocks

  9. max samuels
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 01:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Cool

  10. Nicolas
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 01:48 | Permalink | Reply

    Will u add coloured windows and bulblight?
    I’m doing a church

  11. Nicolas
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 01:52 | Permalink | Reply

    I use look button to jump…
    If we turn this on i will have to jump like in minecraft, touching the middle button?

    • jriot10
      Posted January 28, 2013 at 02:21 | Permalink | Reply

      Well it is a little bit easier to use auto jump

    • Posted January 28, 2013 at 11:31 | Permalink | Reply

      You’ll have to tap the move pad (or the middle button if you use the arrows).

  12. jriot10
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 02:21 | Permalink | Reply

    Does that mean we get it on PC too? :D

  13. kismona
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 04:01 | Permalink | Reply

    Would anyone else want to see what kaalus can make ive just kind of in a creativity rut :b

  14. riki
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 04:48 | Permalink | Reply

    Sweet so that means that were are close to the update I’m excited

  15. Not important
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 06:52 | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for finally adding this!

  16. turner
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 10:19 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey Kaalus after you add the finishing touches can you first submit it to the play store so we can help test the bugs as well

    • Posted January 28, 2013 at 11:32 | Permalink | Reply

      Yes, Google Play will get it first, because of no certification requirements. Kind of a quick beta test of an alpha game :-) Then WP and Amazon.

  17. speedsaber
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 14:00 | Permalink | Reply

    what I would like is a more powerful light so we could build spotlights

    • blob10
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 00:43 | Permalink | Reply

      Yeah if you could make a mirror or something to focus light maybe you could make it more powerful. :P

  18. Adam Nelson
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 16:24 | Permalink | Reply

    hey there huge fan of survivalcraft had it since the price was a dollar :P and im sure youve had this question a few times before but is there a way to play survivalcraft on a laptop with windows 7 OS? ive currently got bluestacks app player but everytime i load survivalcraft (can only get the demo:( sadface) when i start a new world it brings me back to the bluestacks main menu

  19. parc-miha
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 17:44 | Permalink | Reply

    Can you do PC version?

  20. blob10
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 00:41 | Permalink | Reply

    WHEN WHEN WHEN IS IT COMING OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. hielos
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 00:56 | Permalink | Reply

    when will you finish 1.20 Kaalus?

  22. daverave40
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 07:21 | Permalink | Reply

    This will help alot when I do survivalcraft on YouTube, cheers kaalus.

    • Robofighter1000
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 16:27 | Permalink | Reply

      what is the web address?

  23. april
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 07:27 | Permalink | Reply

    Can it come out tomorrow like minecraft pe

    • Robofighter1000
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 21:15 | Permalink | Reply

      yo when was the last update for minecraft pe
      like 6 months ago.
      I praise kaalus for keeping us informed and the updates frequent.

  24. Posted January 29, 2013 at 10:29 | Permalink | Reply

    Please add volcanoes that erupts,some may have caves.Inside are full of ores and lava.Dangerous but rich

  25. Zach
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 14:26 | Permalink | Reply

    Good job. Can’t wait for new stuff. Do you have a rough estimate of when your done?

  26. Posted January 29, 2013 at 16:14 | Permalink | Reply

    I want that Developers Build Version !!! :) Is it possible that you release that sometime in the future so we can play Survivalcraft on PC too ?? hoho .. Just maybe ..

  27. Robofighter1000
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 16:29 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey When the update comes out if possible I can give you guys an amazing world. You will love it.
    Kaalus can you please give us a possible release date for 1.20 ???????

    • Nicolas
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 22:11 | Permalink | Reply

      The SC new version come out??

  28. Posted January 29, 2013 at 19:50 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey yo creater of this game can put paintings to hang on a wall im working on a living room it needs somthing to go on the wall see now if u could make a tv that would so boss status btw u should look at my big and normal profile I want ur opinion on my houses then e mail me what u think

  29. westor
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 09:53 | Permalink | Reply

    Hello kaylus i relly like yhis game , but after few days in one world i started to get bored.Hmm i really would like to see more mechanism like pistols , i know its from mc but tjis iteam gives player big amaunt of combinations, or you gived the celling doors but you didn’t celling crates.Anyway thx for your hardwork and goof luck in the future kaylus!

  30. rockgod420
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 16:41 | Permalink | Reply

    Im confused. You wont add farming because its to simular to minecraft and yet you just ripped off minecrafts control scheme. You said npcs are to difficult but block story has them. I love this game but i feel like im getting the run around, like mojang pulled with saying buckets are to hard to code, which you proved was false. This game needs farming, npcs, furniture and transportation like a boat and furniture. These are are all heavily requested features and i know all of them are possible in survival craft. Look at the feature requests in the forums not just what gets emailed to you.

    • westor
      Posted January 30, 2013 at 22:08 | Permalink | Reply

      I agree with him.

    • Adam Nelson
      Posted February 2, 2013 at 07:58 | Permalink | Reply

      you people dont seem to realize that he probably has this on his to do list but he is only one man he cant put evreything in one update im sure in time he will consider farming and npcs and furniture but for now let him do what he does best its the main reason we love survivalcraft

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