1.24.4 out for Android

Several people independently confirmed that the test build from the last post fixes the crash at startup problem.

The fix has now been published to Google Play and is available for update (version 1.24.4.0).

That means that I understand what was causing the problem. And it’s not pretty. For Android, that is. It is an extremely buggy system, and very inconsistent. Even when testing on 20 different devices one cannot be sure that the game works.

The problem is, it turns out, there were too many sound files being loaded in short succession. Android queues them to be loaded in the background, which I think is a truly idiotic idea – if I wanted to do that I could spin up a thread and do it myself. If too many are queued too fast, the whole process comes down, crash and burn. No errors, nothing. Testament to a great quality engineering! Moreover, this only happens on some devices, on others the limit does not exist or is much higher, I don’t know. Basically random stuff. And we’re not talking about excessive numbers of sounds here – there’s a couple hundred of them taking several tens of MB when uncompressed. What a joke on devices which have 1 or 2 GB or RAM.

Anyway, let’s stop ranting. The fix is to stop preloading all sounds during game startup. It means that on Android sound will not work properly until after sometime after the game has started. For example you will not hear first footsteps or block breaking sounds. Not nice, but it’s better than crashing.

On the brighter side of things I have started work on 1.25 :-)

139 Comments

  1. Posted December 28, 2013 at 11:19 | Permalink | Reply

    You’ve Siam you’ve started on 1.25
    Wat are u doing and wat are the new things your putting on it?
    If not here are my ideas
    This game is ASWOME full of great creativity and lots of endless blocks
    Please add
    #1 trains/mine carts and tracks so we could build roller coasters
    #2 please add people/villagers for our empty cities
    #3 PLEASE ADD DINOSAURS SO WE CAN RE-BUILD JURASSIC PARK
    #4 please add crocodiles,owls,dogs,cats,monsters and an unlimited amount of animals so we can build big zoos.
    #5 please add armour for protection
    OTHER WISE A WONDERFUL GAME
    YOU SHOULD BUY IT ITS REALY CHEAP AND GOOD VALUE

  2. Posted December 28, 2013 at 11:20 | Permalink | Reply

    And multiplayer please
    And tai able animals

  3. Posted December 28, 2013 at 11:43 | Permalink | Reply

    1stKaalus please add wifi multiplayer

  4. Posted December 28, 2013 at 13:03 | Permalink | Reply

    First.

    • Velika Azure-Scales
      Posted December 28, 2013 at 17:11 | Permalink | Reply

      Would the maker of ROT FLOWS HD MIX please update to this update, my fave texture pack!

  5. Posted December 28, 2013 at 13:04 | Permalink | Reply

    Omg! 1.25 already?

  6. Posted December 28, 2013 at 13:24 | Permalink | Reply

    Nice

  7. Posted December 28, 2013 at 13:42 | Permalink | Reply

    ALSO…
    I enjoyed the long-awaited release of the bow. Here are a few other things Kaalus has hinted that Ide like to see:
    Multiplayer.
    In EXTREAMLY high demand, and when I first saw “single Player” I thought there was a Multiplayer too. Kaalus NEEDS to add this or that dude on my bus will continue to yell at me because KAALUS won’t add multiplayer.
    Clothes/Armor/WHATEVER YOUN WANT TO CALL IT!
    Its in the game now! Look right next to the Eat box and you’ll see 4 vertical boxes. Hats, shirts, pants and shoes?
    Civilization
    In kaaluses 1st EVER post, HE says that the OBJECT of the game is to find CIVILIZATION. KAALUS SAID THAT!!! So, when are we getting this “civilization”? Ode like it soon.

    Actually, ide like all of this soon.

    • Posted December 28, 2013 at 15:30 | Permalink | Reply

      Sounds good, but i wouldnt really worry about saying anything here. He never answers or replys anymore. I dont even think he reads it. Course he is busy though.

      And he only answers important emails.

      • Posted December 30, 2013 at 02:39 | Permalink | Reply

        He told me in one email that he tries to read all the comments and emails.

      • Posted December 30, 2013 at 04:03 | Permalink | Reply

        You are right about most of the things. He is definitely going to add multiplayer either that, or he is going to have to change the label of single player, because I can’t stand the fact of it saying single player without thinking there is multiplayer. But before you worry about multiplayer, we should worry about player customization. We need something to set us apart from other players. .Clothes and or Armor have to be there, because you can’t leave empty spaces with no use. When he said the goal of the game was to find civilization, he might of meant, you had to make a civilization. You had to start the new world. If he didn’t mean that, then he definitely meant some kind of towns.

    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 02:38 | Permalink | Reply

      Probably villages. Although you’ll be forever stranded in the world and as he says NEVER to return. :)

  8. Posted December 28, 2013 at 14:00 | Permalink | Reply

    kaalus I know I keep asking but what plans are for the future of survivalcraft?

  9. Posted December 28, 2013 at 14:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks, Kaalus. It works great now:-)

  10. Marlon Neveu
    Posted December 28, 2013 at 14:13 | Permalink | Reply

    What’s 1.25 going to be??! Multiplayer??

    Sent from my iPod Touch 5th!! [] PLAY SURVIVALCRAFT!!

    >

    • Posted December 28, 2013 at 14:33 | Permalink | Reply

      Cross your fingers

      • Posted December 28, 2013 at 15:24 | Permalink | Reply

        If it was multi he prob would tell us, because it would take awile and we would wonder.

  11. Posted December 28, 2013 at 15:22 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, Kaalus actually offended me…. i love android and have and will always consider it a beautiful highly customizable, and adaptable OS with a huge amount of small dev games.

    I hope Kaalus knows that android is about 80% of the worlds mobile phone market, which he probably does. But because of that alot of things are iffy with it, with hundreds of different phone types and designs, screen sizes, power, even different versions of OS. In my opinion its the phones, NOT the OS which technically is seperate, especially because alot of carriers actually coustomize the android OS for their phones.

    Not trying to offend anyone personally, but thats how it is. My phone isnt doing this, so it cant just be android, its the phones. Just trying to defend my stuff you know. Course Kaalus may have known that, and didnt mean what im going on about(he mistyped or whatever) or i misunderstood. Or even thats what he meant(ouch) but this is it.

    • Posted December 28, 2013 at 15:29 | Permalink | Reply

      Yeah those phones r quite crappy. Rather get a nexus or a NOOK

    • Posted December 29, 2013 at 15:44 | Permalink | Reply

      I agree with you. My phone hasn’t had any issues so it must be a phone/customized OS problem.

    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 02:34 | Permalink | Reply

      He’s only addressing SOME android phones with this problem. Now calm down. Kaalus has a android phone I hope you know.

      • Posted December 30, 2013 at 17:43 | Permalink | Reply

        Yeah i know, but in a couple of his posts i got the idea(from his wording btw) that he must dislike androids.

        • Posted January 1, 2014 at 01:08 | Permalink

          this is an issue with Android, there are a lot of weird issues Android has like this or the soundpool bug in 4.3. I am an Android user myself but some of these issues are the things that do hold it back in terms of being a very solid os. I can understand his frustration there’s nothing like having your code broken by weird issues in an os

  12. Posted December 28, 2013 at 15:28 | Permalink | Reply

    U hate android? :-(

  13. Posted December 28, 2013 at 17:11 | Permalink | Reply

    Stop working ! Please take a week offf

    • Posted December 29, 2013 at 01:18 | Permalink | Reply

      NO! Do you think NOT working would get us anywhere closer to Multiplayer

      • Posted December 29, 2013 at 15:17 | Permalink | Reply

        Erm are u stupid its near 2014′ and you want to him to work hard no! How wrong are you? Very so shut up and please take,a brake kaalus ingnore those who want you to work at this time of the year its just wrong (:

        • Posted December 29, 2013 at 15:18 | Permalink

          Oh and you try and work like kaalus!

        • Posted December 29, 2013 at 15:43 | Permalink

          Asking kaalus to stop working is asking him to stop making money. Sure he should take proper breaks so he can relax a little, but he wouldn’t want to stop working for too long. The less you work the slower the games progression which means that other games example Minecraft PE will have time to add more features which means less sales meaning less money.

        • Posted December 29, 2013 at 16:32 | Permalink

          Yea! And Finley, youre wrong, so back out now cause its about to get ugly. Uglier than u.

        • Posted December 29, 2013 at 16:41 | Permalink

          And what about all the others who want kaalus to take time off I mean i dont want him to take time now thanks to that explanation

      • Posted December 30, 2013 at 08:58 | Permalink | Reply

        A week off is not a bad thing, and if i remember right, SC is his hobby not work. Or something.

        He should take a break, i don’t understand how some people can be that selfish to not let Kaalus to take a break.

        If Kaalus don’t take a break, he would be tired of updating game

        Tired of updating->Worser updates, but if he takes breaks, Happily updating->Better Updates.

        Sorry for my English, have a nice day.

        • Posted December 30, 2013 at 15:50 | Permalink

          Thank you for being reasonable. dangercrafter and Finely Jordan.

    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 04:14 | Permalink | Reply

      I think he should take a break too. It’s kind of selfish to say it won’t get us closer to multiplayer. If he dosen’t take a break he might get to stressed and start doing updates slower. Instead of thinking about game development. lets not forget that he is only human. He is not in it for the money(I think), so why should he care, he makes tons of money already. I’m not asking him to be lazy, but I think he should take a break, to not get overworked.Stress is actually unhealthy. He has been working out bugs and making new things. I think he should at least take a week-long break near the holidays. And you didn’t have to be rude to each other, you both have a good point. They said a week not a year. Not like it’s the end of the world.

      • Posted December 30, 2013 at 09:34 | Permalink | Reply

        I agee with you too there are some kids who can not wait for muitlplayer and would do anything for it

        • Posted December 30, 2013 at 15:49 | Permalink

          Kaalus didn’t say he is going to add Multiplayer on 1.25. So why they don’t let Kaalus to take a break?

        • Posted December 30, 2013 at 18:16 | Permalink

          spotted cloud answer this why are u so selfish and what if kaalus can not do muiltplayer

  14. Posted December 28, 2013 at 17:50 | Permalink | Reply

    Just want to let everyone know that the HD wow texture is updated and check out the new Italian texture, mabd by wow.

    • Posted January 1, 2014 at 15:49 | Permalink | Reply

      Wow im really liking the new Italian texture now my favourite… please keep these updated in future releases :-)

  15. Posted December 28, 2013 at 18:19 | Permalink | Reply

    i think i found a solution to your problem.you can design a volume slider control option in the game. A audio effects can be turn to the player comfort level. one control for the environment, one control for the animals, and a control for the blocks ect;

  16. Runesten Grimeton
    Posted December 28, 2013 at 18:35 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi,

    Google should know about that “idiotic idea” and do something about it. I’m sure you must of informed them of that bug?

    Runesten

    On Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 9:05 PM, Survivalcraft

    • Posted December 29, 2013 at 16:03 | Permalink | Reply

      I doubt its actually Google’s fault since the number of people who had this issue weren’t many. Probably phone makers problem.

  17. Posted December 28, 2013 at 19:24 | Permalink | Reply

    1.24 has some epic textures.

  18. Posted December 28, 2013 at 21:10 | Permalink | Reply

    Does anyone else have the glitch were werewolf red eyes get frozen on the screen

  19. Posted December 28, 2013 at 21:23 | Permalink | Reply

    I can’t wait for 1.25 XD

  20. Posted December 28, 2013 at 21:28 | Permalink | Reply

    The one thing I would want in 1.25 is sideways logs….. I’m a builder, what can I say:)

  21. Posted December 28, 2013 at 21:40 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey guys. I found something weird in an adventure map I made. Its called Death Pyramid. When I leave or enter rooms in the pyramid, I find destroyed blocks. The signs I place also burst into flames when I leave. I also heard a few weird sounds here. To show you guys this I’m pasting the link. Turn up the volume on your headphones and tell me what you see or here. Please don’t yell at me if you don’t see anything. :)
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/invr0s6mfyxmpf3/weird%20stuff.scworld

  22. Posted December 28, 2013 at 23:09 | Permalink | Reply

    I have a mobile windows phone i when I want to download any map or texture, it gives me error.

  23. Posted December 29, 2013 at 00:42 | Permalink | Reply

    Please be sure to enter the Best SC Builds of 2013 Contest! Spread the word! Some of the pics sent to me are amazing.

    All you have to do is send picture(s) of what you think is the best SC world. Then email me at

    maggie.blue1998@gmail.com

    Prize is undecided. If you think of something good, I’m open to suggestions.

  24. Posted December 29, 2013 at 00:57 | Permalink | Reply

    Reblogged this on madtomic and commented:
    When we will get some armors in the game?

  25. Posted December 29, 2013 at 00:58 | Permalink | Reply

    Armors coming soon?

  26. Posted December 29, 2013 at 02:05 | Permalink | Reply

    got the update…FIXED!!! thanks for the hard work.

  27. Posted December 29, 2013 at 02:09 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus, Please, For Once, Take A Break, I Mean It IS Almost New Year, Kaalus……If Only Mojang Does It Like This…..Take A Break, You Deserve It, And Those Who Requested Multiplayer, Do You Think That It Is An Easy Job? If You Want It So Bad, Play MCPE, Or Develop Your Own Game, 25 Updates, Still Working Hard, At Least Appreciate all the work he has done, and do not burden him During NEW YEAR, You need A vacation, take it.

  28. Posted December 29, 2013 at 03:15 | Permalink | Reply

    Please all im asking for is armor and a little more organized creative block UI with tabs for categorizing the blocks and stuff.

  29. Posted December 29, 2013 at 06:57 | Permalink | Reply

    i found 2 albino bulls and a white tiger yay!!! :)

    • Posted December 29, 2013 at 07:38 | Permalink | Reply

      Add to 1.25 multiplayer please

    • Posted December 29, 2013 at 22:28 | Permalink | Reply

      Are they easy to find? Do you have to find white bulls?

      • Posted December 29, 2013 at 23:11 | Permalink | Reply

        i was just wandering in the snow biome when i saw a white animal i thought it was a polar bear but it turns out to be a white bull. i found 2 white bulls in the same place. in another world i was just exploring when i stumbled across a white tiger

    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 09:55 | Permalink | Reply

      Nice! I think albino bulls are not so amaizing… White Tigers, wow! White tigers are rarer that Albino Bulls.

  30. Posted December 29, 2013 at 08:05 | Permalink | Reply

    maybe that’s a bug……i found the toning is not scientific in the game.i have already known that the white=0000 and pale cyan=0001,that means if i add malachite into a pigment it means i add 0001.as so on…if i add purple flower,it meansi add 0010,if i add sulphur,it means i add 0100,if i add coal,it means i add 1000.so that we can get all the color.but there’s sth doesn’t obey the rule.if i add malachite into gray,it won’t be cyan.and if i add malachite into olive,it will be red not green.i think it should be green not red.maybe the dark gray plus malachite made a mistake,it will be dark gray and that’s meaningless.so i guess there’s sth mistake.

  31. Posted December 29, 2013 at 17:14 | Permalink | Reply

    please add transport, the horse was tired you can’t ride in the caves . Trolley as m.p.e. or the car would fit my survival but before relax before upgrading m.p.e. before you away

  32. Posted December 29, 2013 at 17:23 | Permalink | Reply

    I said it in many posts but i’ll say again, i not ask for an large updates fantasy things or something like this , just improve the inteligence of the animal, make them run and not respaw near light or fire, because if i hide in a cave and sleep when i awake have a lot of hunger animals near, how i’ll survive this way?
    But now take a vacation! You have to rest and enjoy, a new year is coming, rest, search for inspiration, an take new amazing things for the updates when you back.
    But for now take a vacation please…

  33. Posted December 29, 2013 at 21:58 | Permalink | Reply

    Voidghoul : your inbox

  34. Posted December 29, 2013 at 22:36 | Permalink | Reply

    Can you let the animals have a type of texture pack so we can change or put design on them for 1.25

  35. Posted December 30, 2013 at 00:42 | Permalink | Reply

    Any can tell me why my stuff isn’t showing in the community ? I just posted a updated to HD wow texture and I post Italian texture and world . some one please download one of these.

    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 03:10 | Permalink | Reply

      IKR I having the same problem

    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 04:03 | Permalink | Reply

      I did. They’re awesome:-) When I downloaded there were no ratings on either one

      What program are you using to make them? I’m using photoshop, but it keeps giving me partial transparency and I don’t know how to make the brush only colour 1 and only 1 pixel…if that makes sense to you.

      • Posted December 30, 2013 at 04:12 | Permalink | Reply

        To revise that statement, I set the brush size to 1 px. But it is circular and colours the pixels around it when it is slightly overlapping between multiple pixels.

        The pencil mode has a square brush and colours one at a time,with no partial transparency. But it doesn’t allow me to change the colour…

        • Posted December 30, 2013 at 20:42 | Permalink

          Phoxo, and thanks . I’ve been making textures for a long time. Look for the world Italian .

  36. Posted December 30, 2013 at 01:10 | Permalink | Reply

    Survivalcraft needs multiplayer, I bought minecraft for that one reason, though I still think SC is better

    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 04:29 | Permalink | Reply

      Seriously, you wasted your money on Minecraft, just because SC doesn’t have multiplayer yet. I’m just kidding. The demands for multiplayer are getting higher. SC will probably have it somewhere near March(guessing) because it usually takes 3 or 2 months for him to finish an update. Multiplayer might be harder, so it might take a little longer. And player customization is needed first. We need to be able to set the players apart from each other. Like Minecraft skins. CREATIVITY.

  37. Posted December 30, 2013 at 15:54 | Permalink | Reply

    Some SC skins are cool ones.

    Kaalus please add a folder(?) for skins like you did for textures?

  38. Posted December 30, 2013 at 16:01 | Permalink | Reply

    Add wifi multiplayer, npc and armour

  39. Posted December 30, 2013 at 17:06 | Permalink | Reply

    I would like to post on the forum but how do I log on lefora. I’ve got an account.

  40. Posted December 30, 2013 at 18:03 | Permalink | Reply

    Please multiplayer thanks for the hard work

  41. Posted December 30, 2013 at 18:21 | Permalink | Reply

    Guys I just made a youtube video deal with a game designer. Here’s the game i will review! http://trackracingonline.com/

  42. maiodin
    Posted December 30, 2013 at 19:05 | Permalink | Reply

    How about the following bring implemented
    1# NPC and villagers
    2# fruit trees juicers and a stove (other than furnace)
    3# a cart the can be pushed by a horse
    4# multiplayer
    5# we need clothing its cold in there :p
    6# guns (another purpose for gun powder)
    for NPC how about others like us stranded trying to survive plus villagers

    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 19:46 | Permalink | Reply

      I don’t agree with guns. It would make the game too easy. NPC could happen, but I think villagers would be a little to civilized for this game. Maybe Indians, Cavemen, Immigrates or pirates. Minecraft claims to be a survival game, but having an ending, makes it fantasy. Survival games are suppose to be you vs the wild. We could just hide in villagers houses for protection, we need someone in the same state as us. But NPC is still not a bad idea. Fruit on trees, If that’s not what you meant. He is going to add clothing. Cart PULLED by a horse. That was a very good idea. And instead of just one horse, we should be able to add up to 5 horses, to move faster, to pull bigger and more carts, filled with supplies and the player, because instead of being put on top of horses or donkeys, they should be pulled by carts by horses. I think the only .thing that could replace a furnace is a campfire. I like your ideas though, especially the fruit tree juicer.

      • maiodin
        Posted December 30, 2013 at 22:24 | Permalink | Reply

        For guns I meant those olden day rifles
        For the npc some civil some not although pirates highway men maybe some Tarzan and apes. Indians and cavemen and maybe other shipwrecked and abandoned NPCs

        • maiodin
          Posted December 30, 2013 at 22:27 | Permalink

          Maybe they can even take or make stuff like us ex. We put stuff in our box and the NPCs can steal em so there should be the ability to make a padlock and key and a safe and we can take stuff from em and they keep on make more stuff(the NPCs)

        • Posted December 31, 2013 at 00:47 | Permalink

          The rifles wouldn’t be needed now, because except for the rhino and the bears, no animal could withstand one shot. And we wouldn’t want everybody to forget about the bow and arrow, right after they are now being used. And now I understand your idea for NPC’s. I want other people, I just don’t want them to be extremly sheltered like in minecraft. Padlock and key should be added for sure. But I think he might add multiplayer before any of this.

  43. Posted December 30, 2013 at 23:19 | Permalink | Reply

    i have some ideas, possibly to be used in a later update. i dont know how difficult it would be to make them possible, but anyway:

    More food – pumkin pie, sugar, eggs, etc. (using existing food in more advanced recipes, and more new food) also fishing rods for easier fishing
    Easier farming – crops don’t disappear when walking on them, only when jumping
    Decorations – carpets, bookshelves, flower pots, shelves, paintings, etc.
    Players and People – makes it optional to switch between a basic boy and girl (girl could just be boy with no facial hair and longer hair – maybe swap pants for shorts), npcs with villages and multiplayer.
    Better boats – easier to control and possibly have a sail.
    More transport – trains, mine carts and a sleigh, and maybe something that files like a balloon of plane? (reindeers or wolves could be used to guide the sleigh)
    More pets – dogs, cats, birds and bunnies!

    and also clothing and armor.

    ;)

  44. Posted December 30, 2013 at 23:53 | Permalink | Reply

    Why can’t this be a switch? You’ve got a switch for a Targa2 bug that affects 9 phones, why not something like this?

  45. Posted December 31, 2013 at 05:52 | Permalink | Reply

    Excuse me if I sound demanding, but I belive inverted stair corners should be implemented

  46. Posted December 31, 2013 at 06:12 | Permalink | Reply

    I found a white tiger and a white bull. I put photos of them on my blog if you want to have a look.please comment as well:)

  47. Posted December 31, 2013 at 07:04 | Permalink | Reply

    We have bacon, bird meat, and bread, so what can you make with this? Sandwich. We have milk, so why not cheese? We have leaves and bacon, and with cheese, you have a salad. What im getting at is we need more food variety, like corn, peppers, rice, beans, onions, walnuts, fruits, and maybe something to drink like water and fruit juices.
    We have danger so why not adrenaline rushes, we have fire but no smoke, we have many items, but only one way to store them, we have electronics but no radio transmitters

  48. Posted December 31, 2013 at 16:10 | Permalink | Reply

    kaalus buddy are you still alive?

  49. Posted December 31, 2013 at 17:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus we know you try for quick updates and we appreciate that but i am sure every one who wants multiplayer
    Can agree its ok if you dont update for a super long time because multiplayer is a complex thing

  50. Posted December 31, 2013 at 17:07 | Permalink | Reply

    Anyone who agrees reply agree

  51. Posted December 31, 2013 at 17:31 | Permalink | Reply

    But still multiplayer is 1 big thing survivalcraft needs now . No rush

  52. Posted January 2, 2014 at 01:46 | Permalink | Reply

    How do you change your photo on your account? ( i know that this is not related to survivalcraft but i just want to know)

  53. Posted January 3, 2014 at 18:02 | Permalink | Reply

    i wish that there would be no limit for spawning animals because that is very weird. anybody who agrees with me, say agree.

  54. Posted January 25, 2014 at 20:20 | Permalink | Reply

    I wish they would add Orca and Villager spawning eggs

    • Posted January 25, 2014 at 20:25 | Permalink | Reply

      Wait scratch that! I’m hoping that multiplayer and armor would be added in Survivalcraft 1.26 or so

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