Vistas

As I am slowly moving towards testing of 1.23, I keep changing the visibility range. It’s incredible how much difference this seemingly little thing makes.

Vista

 

The landscapes come to life as you can glimpse distant mountains through the fog and rain (2.5x view range of 1.22)

Be aware that larger visibility ranges need more memory and more CPU/GPU power. A 256MB device (e.g. iPod Touch 4, Nokia Lumia 710) cannot really handle more than what is in 1.22. If you set it higher, the game will exhaust the memory and crash within seconds, or maybe minutes if you’re lucky.

Most 512MB devices (e.g. iPhone 4S, Nokia Lumia 800, older Android phones) can manage up to 2x visibility of 1.22. For even larger distances, you need 1GB, or more.

In general, memory requirements increase as a square of the viewing distance. Two times further = four times more memory!

With 3x view distance I had my Nexus 4 crash once during testing, even though it has 2GB. Therefore I decided to take that option out (as we don’t have 4GB phones yet!) and set the limit at 2.5x. The above screenshot was taken at that setting.

Because Survivalcraft is a 32bit process, even on a PC loaded with RAM there is per-process limit of 2GB. Through testing I found that this is allows view range of 4x. On the phones the situation is different, even though they may also have 2GB of RAM. But they must keep the OS and all GPU assets in that memory – PC has to keep only the game process there.

104 Comments

  1. Marlon Neveu
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:06 | Permalink | Reply

    First!!

    Sent from my iPod Touch 5th Gen.

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  2. Marlon Neveu
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:07 | Permalink | Reply

    Will you make a PC version KAALUS?

    Sent from my iPod Touch 5th Gen.

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  3. Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:09 | Permalink | Reply

    SECOND WOHHOOO!

  4. Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:11 | Permalink | Reply

    fourth, sorry had to say it

  5. colepanzer
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:25 | Permalink | Reply

    4th!

  6. colepanzer
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:33 | Permalink | Reply

    We need aquatic plants. Here are my ideas. They should be easy to do and make a HUGE difference in the beauty of he world. This is what I had in mind:
    Kelp: grows in oceans. About 3-5 blocks high on average.
    Sea Grass: Pretty self -explanitory. Basically tall grass that spawns at the bottom of lake beds.
    Lily Pads:Not in every lake, but in some. Some lily pads have lilies growing on them, others don’t. They also spawn frogs which can sometimes be seen swimming in the pond or lake or resting on a lily pad.

    These are just my ideas because the various bodies of water in SC are pretty barren, and those little things will make a huge difference. Thanks Kaalus!

    • rosslynb
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 15:59 | Permalink | Reply

      Lily-pads and frogs? What a ‘ribbeting’ idea.

  7. Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:46 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus,please read my last comment on the last post,I think it’s a really good idea

  8. Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:48 | Permalink | Reply

    —swordmaster

  9. Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:56 | Permalink | Reply

    8th!

  10. Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:56 | Permalink | Reply

    And 9th!

    • Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:58 | Permalink | Reply

      Villages with graveyards. Also I love the grave stones because I can use them for my dead horses.

      • Posted October 20, 2013 at 13:22 | Permalink | Reply

        😂 Yeah for when that time i was happly riding mine and i was at a cliff and he died bc we jumped off it was funny tho

        • rosslynb
          Posted October 20, 2013 at 16:01 | Permalink

          I’ve had a few issues with horses and dying. Went boar hunting. Found wolves. The rest you can figure out.

          Maybe if the dead horses could come back, they could be skeleton horses. With wings.

  11. Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:56 | Permalink | Reply

    And 10th

    • Posted October 20, 2013 at 00:57 | Permalink | Reply

      But I’ll always be 1st in spamming XD!

      • colepanzer
        Posted October 20, 2013 at 15:37 | Permalink | Reply

        This blog is supposed to be where you see what Kaalus is doing or posting and you respond to it. You can put your compliments and suggestions here but this is no spamming zone. Spamming just makes this blog harder to read :/

  12. Posted October 20, 2013 at 02:14 | Permalink | Reply

    Epic!! I am really looking forward to this for my community world Rivertown!

  13. Sylvester Caleb
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 02:25 | Permalink | Reply

    Can u post some whales

    • Posted October 20, 2013 at 04:10 | Permalink | Reply

      THERE ARE ALREADY WHALES. GO OUT SEA SOMETIME OR EVEN JUST LOOK OUT FROM SHORE AND THERE ARE WHALES. JUST FLY OUT TO THE OCEAN THERE ARE WHALES.

  14. Posted October 20, 2013 at 03:00 | Permalink | Reply

    Ayayayayayayayayayay CAN’T WAIT AHHHH!!! :D

  15. Posted October 20, 2013 at 03:02 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey kaalus you should make a pc version.

  16. Posted October 20, 2013 at 05:23 | Permalink | Reply

    Will my LG Lucid function well with this? I suppose it may be classified as an older android phone but I’m no expert on this.

  17. Posted October 20, 2013 at 05:32 | Permalink | Reply

    Do the graves spawn in places you died?

  18. Posted October 20, 2013 at 05:35 | Permalink | Reply

    I introduced survivalcraft to a friend of mine who says “anything that copy’s minecraft is a piece of junk” I find that funny because I keep catching him playing it on his I pod. I mean this game is getting ridiculously good. My other friend and his brother prefer survivalcraft to minecraft x box!

  19. Posted October 20, 2013 at 05:37 | Permalink | Reply

    For a Halloween monster suggestion add Bigfoot. I think it would fit the game well

    • Posted October 20, 2013 at 13:24 | Permalink | Reply

      Itl be awesome if bigfoot and the ware wolves fought each other

  20. Posted October 20, 2013 at 07:11 | Permalink | Reply

    spooky idea: ZOMBIES!!!!!!!!! lol they could be undead villagers who died and came back to life due to infection from a mysterious virus and you can try to find a cure

  21. Sam Lewis
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 07:29 | Permalink | Reply

    Please don’t change the distance, if it doesn’t load, it’s a waste of good money. Ace update though (apart from the viewing distance!!!) On Oct 20, 2013 12:05 AM, “Survivalcraft” wrote: > > Kaalus posted: “As I am slowly moving towards testing of 1.23, I keep changing the visibility range. It’s incredible how much difference this seemingly little thing makes. The landscapes come to life as you can glimpse distant mountains through the fog and” >

  22. Posted October 20, 2013 at 09:06 | Permalink | Reply

    hey kaalus. My nephew really likes playing survivalcraft but he is absolutely terrified of the werewolves. I understand werewolves are a part of the game and lots of people like them but if they could be optional then my nephew can keep playing the game. This could just be a simple werewolf on/off button on the world options page. thankyou

  23. Posted October 20, 2013 at 09:46 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus would it be a big bug creator if you made a way of taming animals and using different types of whistles you can summon them. E.g. a dog whistle is a normal whistle crafted with sand and a bull whistle could be crafted with rye as well as the whistle

    • Posted October 20, 2013 at 10:44 | Permalink | Reply

      no collars for dogs and if u blow the whistle only collared dogs will come

    • colepanzer
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 15:39 | Permalink | Reply

      great idea! I really want a pet boar or coyote :D

  24. Posted October 20, 2013 at 09:59 | Permalink | Reply

    Someone please reply

    • kj47
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 13:56 | Permalink | Reply

      What about other CPU players trying to build in the world to and attack you

  25. dangercrafter
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 11:52 | Permalink | Reply

    We need dogs!

    • colepanzer
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 15:44 | Permalink | Reply

      YES!

  26. Posted October 20, 2013 at 12:30 | Permalink | Reply

    kaalus for halloween you could add something like the jack o lantern and have it stay, i think the grave would be a perfect example of this, i don’t see why it has to be an animal but if it does a bat would do just fine.

    • colepanzer
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 15:44 | Permalink | Reply

      there are jack-o-lanterns!

  27. Posted October 20, 2013 at 12:31 | Permalink | Reply

    with the visiblity range increased the whole guard tower thing on some worlds would actually be worth it!

  28. Posted October 20, 2013 at 12:52 | Permalink | Reply

    block texture vote on my blog vote for best block texture

    • Posted October 20, 2013 at 13:18 | Permalink | Reply

      Now people will make creepy graveyard maps. That will be fun. :)

      • Posted October 20, 2013 at 13:46 | Permalink | Reply

        Have anybody played undead nightmare the cowboy game? Anyway there is a zombie virus that the cowboy must fight. The zombies only die if you shoot their heads of or burn them. There are six bigfoots you must kill. There is also a chupacabra. While I was on an abandoned ship I heard a laughing ghost which was scary. Anyways all the animals are zombies in undead nightmare. The deer, bear, and wolves are zombies. I was running down the road and like 12 wolves came out of nowhere foaming blood out the mouths. I shot them all in da head with a rifle. There is also a fiery horse on there. I was at an abandoned mansion and saw a ghost face looking through the glass window! You have to keep zombies from biting flesh of your neck and stuff to survive. There were literally 20 of the zombies screaming and chasing me through the woods at night while I couldn’t see anything. My horse saved me though. To sum it up, undead nightmare is my 3rd favorite game.

        • Posted October 20, 2013 at 13:51 | Permalink

          That reminds me he should add flaming horse that burns things as you ride it around. You run into a bear it burns it. the horse can burn trees to.

        • colepanzer
          Posted October 20, 2013 at 15:42 | Permalink

          I don’t agree with the zombies part, but chupacabras eating livestock would be genius! It would end my mass spawning problem :) Big foots as a rarity would also be awesome.

        • Posted October 20, 2013 at 19:18 | Permalink

          I didn’t say I want ZOMBIES. Thats to much like minecraft.

  29. Posted October 20, 2013 at 14:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Wiki, Plz. Wat does Vistas mean.

    • colepanzer
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 15:43 | Permalink | Reply

      it means valley or view from above

  30. Posted October 20, 2013 at 14:11 | Permalink | Reply

    Does this say it was posted at.12:05 if so why would you be.on this so late .I mean he does post at the randomness times I guess his.free time or his timeline is different like because he lives in a different bart of.the country

  31. Posted October 20, 2013 at 14:12 | Permalink | Reply

    It means view I should of read the comment

  32. Posted October 20, 2013 at 14:16 | Permalink | Reply

    I just read the comments yah 12:05

  33. Posted October 20, 2013 at 15:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Kaalus. I always wanted to have villagers in the game and villages because i am making a city and i get lonely after about one hour and a half. If you make villagers can you please make them have a spawn egg? I also always wanted to have tamable dogs or cats since my parents won’t let me get my own. I also have always wanted to have underground plants like kelp and sea grass.

  34. Posted October 20, 2013 at 15:24 | Permalink | Reply

    Time for a PC version

  35. Posted October 20, 2013 at 15:37 | Permalink | Reply

    If the Ipad 5 came with 4G or 3G a will buy it.

  36. Posted October 20, 2013 at 15:58 | Permalink | Reply

    What about ipad 4

  37. rosslynb
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 16:03 | Permalink | Reply

    IPad works well for SurvivalCraft. Mainly because I blog with it.

  38. Posted October 20, 2013 at 16:04 | Permalink | Reply

    I am glad I got Sony xerpia z1, and the ipad 2 now, Sony as got 2gig inside, ipad 2 should run Ok to, just have to wait and find out :)

  39. dangercrafter
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 16:24 | Permalink | Reply

    I have an idea! Add zombies, they will be gravestones(or whatever you call them) when sun rises, and turn into zombies when moon rises.

    Don’t say: “Zombies are unrealistic.”

    There is werewolves, so why not add Zombies. Werewolves, some ppl thinks they are realistic, some ppl thinks they are unrealistic. And in rl, there is no Zombies (YET).

    Reply if you liked my idea, but please remember to read my full comment.

    • Posted October 20, 2013 at 18:02 | Permalink | Reply

      I think that there should be an option for a zombie mode

    • kj47
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 19:11 | Permalink | Reply

      I like it it’s a cool idea

    • Posted October 20, 2013 at 19:56 | Permalink | Reply

      Read my last post back in the other post.

    • Posted October 21, 2013 at 01:02 | Permalink | Reply

      weelll thhats true but kaalus would have to ask Mojang because that would be too much like minecraft

      • dangercrafter
        Posted October 21, 2013 at 05:04 | Permalink | Reply

        Nope, its not copying mc if he didn’t get the idea from mc.

  40. kj47
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 19:10 | Permalink | Reply

    I want more weapons and tools
    !!!!!!!!!

    • Posted October 20, 2013 at 19:20 | Permalink | Reply

      Chupacabra that kill cows at night. Also village graveyards.

      • Posted October 20, 2013 at 19:23 | Permalink | Reply

        Flaming horse! Flaming spears that you craft with a match and spear.

        • colepanzer
          Posted October 20, 2013 at 20:10 | Permalink

          flaming spears is genius. But what the heck is with the flaming horse?

        • Posted October 20, 2013 at 20:58 | Permalink

          Chupacabra is creepy. I seen one before. Killed my friends chicken.

        • Posted October 21, 2013 at 00:04 | Permalink

          It can burn stuff as it runs. Like animals and wood when you run by. There’s a cowboy game called undead nightmare where you can tame a flaming horse. I hit a zombie when I was playing and it burst in flames. Lol

        • Posted October 21, 2013 at 02:05 | Permalink

          American chupacabara or Puerto Rican? American is basically a creepy wolf, the other one is a creeper thing

    • Posted October 20, 2013 at 21:57 | Permalink | Reply

      True I do too

  41. Posted October 20, 2013 at 21:25 | Permalink | Reply

    Werewolves do exist,and they’re terrible creatures

    • colepanzer
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 21:58 | Permalink | Reply

      Dude -.- no they don’t.

  42. Posted October 20, 2013 at 21:26 | Permalink | Reply

    –swordmaster

  43. Posted October 20, 2013 at 21:58 | Permalink | Reply

    I was trying to reply to someone why am I all the way over here

    • Posted October 21, 2013 at 00:14 | Permalink | Reply

      Guys. I read a creepy story about werewolves. Once in France in the 1700 the army was camped in the woods. There were 76 soldiers there. In the middle of the night the military claimed they were attacked by a fast wolf that ran on its two backlegs like a human. All 76 soldiers were killed by the creature. Every dead soldier had bite and scratch marks. The creature killed 76 people that night and was never seen again. But the army searched for the beast and killed every wolf in the forest. But no normal wolf kills 76 soldiers with guns. It has to be something out there dangerous. I read this from a history book.

      • Posted October 21, 2013 at 01:03 | Permalink | Reply

        woah :o

      • Posted October 21, 2013 at 01:15 | Permalink | Reply

        I have a creepy story about a camel!!! Once, the army used camels to get around in the desert, but they spat and were mean so the army started using mules instead. Well one guy was affraid of the camels so he got on one and tied himself to it to get over his fear. Well the camel got loose and when it did it snapped the guys neck so he died but the camel lived. The cameo was then seen for the next 15 years but no one had any idea it was a camel and they thought it was some creepy monster. One day it was eating in someone’s backyard and they guys head fell of his corpse and you know what happens next. It wasn’t intill the camel fell dead (of natural causes) in this guy’s cow pasture that they saw it was a camel. The end!

        • kj47
          Posted October 21, 2013 at 01:27 | Permalink

          How is that creepy

  44. Posted October 21, 2013 at 01:30 | Permalink | Reply

    Zombies should be able to open doors of your house plz put zombies

  45. Posted October 21, 2013 at 02:16 | Permalink | Reply

    When I put gunpowder in the furnace the whole furnace exploded! I found out it is dangerous cooking cow with gunpowder. I also found a huge lave lake! I built a bridge acrosd it.

    • colepanzer
      Posted October 21, 2013 at 02:59 | Permalink | Reply

      lol yah did you watch Kaalus’s video about putting gunpowder in a furnace? It’s hilarious! xD

    • Posted October 21, 2013 at 13:48 | Permalink | Reply

      i just pranked my friend by doing that!!8^D

  46. Posted October 21, 2013 at 13:15 | Permalink | Reply

    SEEDS FOR PUMPKINS,PLEASE!!!!!!

    • colepanzer
      Posted October 21, 2013 at 14:16 | Permalink | Reply

      Yes!

  47. Posted October 21, 2013 at 14:17 | Permalink | Reply

    an idea to make far away view more light for the device . If block over X distance (maybe settable) became with mono colour faces … maybe the lower left pixel colour
    do you think it would help lower device or at lease help the better one to see even more far and i am certain it wont affect the viewer experience

  48. Posted October 21, 2013 at 14:20 | Permalink | Reply

    and just a little Halloween ask please ad mossy wall and half broken windows that would be so cool and not magic :P

  49. Posted October 21, 2013 at 20:11 | Permalink | Reply

    Im looking for Wing42, anyone heard of her?

  50. Posted October 21, 2013 at 21:58 | Permalink | Reply

    hey Kaalus what if you made it where cobblestone and bricks crack , and fade as they age. That would be awesome and stone does crack and fade as it ages. Thank you Kaalus for such a great game

  51. Posted October 21, 2013 at 22:10 | Permalink | Reply

    This update is gonna be awesome, kaalus!
    Hey, I’ve been asking this for awhile…
    Minecraft can be played on xbox.
    I was thinking, if you want to try it out, if you can try making survival craft for playstation :)

    My dog just jumped on my lap…now he sleeping….now I’m bored.

    Everyone check out my blog! I’ve started a new world for multiplayer!

    See this cool house I made entirely out of ores :)

    Just click on my name.

    Btw, I’m bored.

  52. Posted October 21, 2013 at 22:15 | Permalink | Reply

    Does anyone have instagram?#

    My name is “i_am_randombuscus”

    I FOLLOW BACK! :)

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