Gamepad controls

As you know, I am adding gamepad support in 2.1. This is to allow multiple players to play the game on a single device.

This of course works best on a PC, but a fast 10″ tablet is quite playable too if you prop it against something and have two bluetooth gamepads paired with it. Or better mirror the screen to a large TV.

Anyway, here’s the gamepad controls in Survivalcraft 2.1:

GamepadControls

Left Trigger + A is equivalent to Shift + Click on an inventory item. It will automatically move the item to a suitable slot in the other inventory (e.g. chest).

iOS gamepads do not have thumbstick buttons or start/back buttons (they only have a single pause button in the middle of the controller), that’s why these functions are duplicated to D-Pad up and down.

In general I found that the quality of bluetooth gamepads for phones/tablets is pretty dire. I have two of them that I use for testing: ipega 9021 (for Android) and MadCatz Micro (for iOS).

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Ipega 9021 for Android. Horrible, horrible deadzone implementation. You need to move the sticks almost half the way to the edge before any movement is registered. Then it suddenly reaches 100% way before the stick is actually at the edge. Avoid.

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Mad Catz Micro for iOS. Slightly better deadzone than Ipega, but buttons frequently skip clicks, so you have to mash them hard to be sure they will register. Avoid.

On the other hand, Xbox 360 gamepads that I use on Windows (you can also pair them to Android device if you have an OTG cable, but they will sadly not work in iOS) are brilliant. Playing with them is almost as nice as using mouse and keyboard.

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Xbox 360 controller. A fantastic piece of kit. Precise thumbsticks, perfectly working buttons. Puts all the bluetooth garbage gamepads to shame.

I suspect Playstation or nVidia Shield gamepads are just as good as Xbox ones.

Anyway, I don’t know what to recommend to you. Maybe other bluetooth controllers are better than Ipega or Mad Catz. Although I suspect they are all dodgy.

123 Comments

  1. colbyfranknorth
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 19:59 | Permalink | Reply

    I’m getting the xbox one, if you suggest it. I really have no clue of how gamepads work anymore. I just want to play with my brother comfortably.

    • colbyfranknorth
      Posted June 18, 2017 at 19:59 | Permalink | Reply

      I’m going to spend all my money on this game. :-P

      • Posted June 18, 2017 at 21:23 | Permalink | Reply

        Look at my list at the end of this page. That may help you more. Just don’t buy the Xbox/win10 Spectra Illuminated controller. You’ll waste money on it as the R2 button ALWAYS breaks.

        • colbyfranknorth
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 03:03 | Permalink

          Thanks, but where is this list you’re talking about? I can’t find your comment anywhere on this page.

        • colbyfranknorth
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 03:04 | Permalink

          When I say comment I mean list.

        • Posted June 19, 2017 at 17:21 | Permalink

          It’s the 12th comment down from top not including replies.

      • Posted June 19, 2017 at 02:15 | Permalink | Reply

        Wait, does this mean that two people can’t play on one tablet without gamepads?
        Really hoping not, I was looking forward to playing with my siblings on trips without inernet.
        What is your opinion? (Speaking to everyone on the forum)

        • colbyfranknorth
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 02:59 | Permalink

          You can, but it would be easier with gamepads.

        • Posted June 19, 2017 at 04:07 | Permalink

          Okay, thanks!

        • Posted June 19, 2017 at 17:23 | Permalink

          You don’t need internet to connect gamepads. You can connect them together. And I think he added the ability to play together without controller too as long as Its touchscreen.

  2. Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:01 | Permalink | Reply

    Since I have both PS3 and PS4 I may try Play Station’s controller and I could test how they would work!

    • Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:44 | Permalink | Reply

      I want a PS4… I am poor (i am from Chile) :(

  3. Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:04 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus, won’t OTG on Android work with game pads? Please try it. I don’t want to buy one just to test it.

    • Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:05 | Permalink | Reply

      OTG mouse does work

      • Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:06 | Permalink | Reply

        Why not just support keyboard and mouse? OTG keyboard also works. Have you tried it? Then you can use Android just like Windows.

  4. Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:07 | Permalink | Reply

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  5. Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:20 | Permalink | Reply

    For iOS, the best alternative I’ve found is Nimbus wireless controller. See here: https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HJ162ZM/A/steelseries-nimbus-wireless-gaming-controller

  6. ClaireMadison
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:25 | Permalink | Reply

    I really like the idea of mirroring to a tv. Really excited!

    • Posted June 18, 2017 at 22:18 | Permalink | Reply

      You need a special app for that, or if you have an iOS device and Apple TV, then you can use airplay to do that without having to get an app

  7. Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:31 | Permalink | Reply

    5th comment! Just got the email notification!

  8. Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:32 | Permalink | Reply

    There should be the ability to pop out one of the screens as another window, this could be useful when hooked up to a tv or if you have multiple monitors, along with recording a time-lapse or a cinematic video.

  9. Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:32 | Permalink | Reply

    I have a pretty nice idea, I do not know if you have seen the game Bomb Squad on Android, that game has a gamepad itself made an application, you could make an App that is a gamepad for survivalcraft and thus avoid buying a command, I hope and serve you :)

    • Posted June 19, 2017 at 04:37 | Permalink | Reply

      No way you play that too! That is my all time favorite game besides Survivalcraft! And here I thought I was the only one who ever played it. :-)

  10. Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:34 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus I have checked and OTG game pads do work. That way Xbox controllers should work as well. I know not all Andoid devices work with OTG, but most do.

    I would still prefer a keyboard and mouse as a controller. Please let that work as well. That way people do not need to buy new hardware, since everybody has these already.

    • Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:41 | Permalink | Reply

      Please, the bluetooth controllers are expensive (here in Chile) i guess that you can connect OTG gamepad.

  11. Posted June 18, 2017 at 20:39 | Permalink | Reply

    I hope you can assign the buttons for the gamepad, because I have a usb gamepad and in minecraft I had to assign the buttons to work correctly.

  12. Posted June 18, 2017 at 21:20 | Permalink | Reply

    If you want a Bluetooth controller I find the SteelSeries Stratus a good controller for both phone and computer.

    SteelSeries stratus XL pros: (*=For computer)
    -Good sensitivity(both)
    – Very durable.
    – *Great access to changing your individual button sensitivity
    – *Can change button layout options to whatever game you desire but currently doesn’t do games from the win10 store as you need the .exe
    – *Works on all games. Like skyrim, Mcpe, Survivalcraft(soon to be tested) borderlands2 etc…
    -Don’t need external app for mobile phones.
    -Connectivity is continuous. No disconnectivitu lag.
    Cons:
    -Can’t change sensitivity on phones/tablets.
    -Start button doesn’t always respond but will.(both)
    – No phone dock.

    Moga pro power is also another good controller bluetooth. But it’s only for mobile and needs an external app to connect.

    Pro:
    -has a phone dock.
    -Charges your phone will playing. But not while your charging the controller.
    -Every button works.
    -Connectivity is Good.

    Cons:
    -Slight but not noticeable connectivity lag spikes.
    -Sometimes have to connect manually.

    Any wired Xbox/win10 controllers work but DO NOT buy the illuminated controller. This is your last warning. Why? Bc the R2 button ALWAYS breaks I bought 3 and two of them had the r2 button break. The third one I never use anymore.

    To see what the illuminated controller looks like follow this link:
    http://m.gamestop.com/product/xbox-one/accessories/spectra-illuminated-controller-for-xbox-one/116285 and press images.

  13. Posted June 18, 2017 at 21:21 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus can we change the layout of the buttons? Bc I like my R2 button to attack and break blocks and my L2 button to Place blocks.

    • Posted June 18, 2017 at 23:47 | Permalink | Reply

      I Agree…
      Yep, the R2 must break/attack and L2 must place/mount/use. This is how sandbox games use controls, if it’s not changed then we will dislike this. Changing control layout would solve.

    • Posted June 19, 2017 at 00:08 | Permalink | Reply

      Change the R2 so it is break/attack. Or make it so we can select buttons for controls

    • Posted June 19, 2017 at 05:56 | Permalink | Reply

      +1

  14. PhotoPaul
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 21:34 | Permalink | Reply

    Did I really read “drag items”?

    • Posted June 18, 2017 at 23:50 | Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, you drag items in your inventory

      • PhotoPaul
        Posted June 19, 2017 at 07:09 | Permalink | Reply

        Oh and I thought that was a hint for block pushing / dragging in the world…

  15. Posted June 18, 2017 at 21:39 | Permalink | Reply

    good

  16. Posted June 18, 2017 at 21:59 | Permalink | Reply

    will be changed respawn animals pleas

  17. Posted June 18, 2017 at 23:08 | Permalink | Reply

    Sorry for repeating. Just wanted to make sure that nobody will forget:

    Hi, guys! As 2.1 realease is approaching, SBC will start its activity soon. Please make a Discord account, claim it and USE THIS LINK available until 28.05.2017 to join:

    ttps://discord.gg/S28RWMG

    List of members who have NOT joined:
    1. Dan Riefhan( Builder)
    4. Kakashihatake…( Builder)
    5. Cristy Muncileanu( Furniture artist)
    7. Norzkie( Andventure tester)
    8. Hanaa12( Adventure tester)

    Another thing: Please use the name you use here, so that everyone can recognize you.

  18. Posted June 18, 2017 at 23:10 | Permalink | Reply

    Well, I’m not expert in gamepads, but maybe one day I’ll get one to play multiplayer if double opposite will be available only for 10 inch tablets…

  19. Posted June 18, 2017 at 23:11 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, two of your posts are only 8 hours apart! How many features are left until the release?

  20. Posted June 18, 2017 at 23:19 | Permalink | Reply

    Mouse support for android would also be great. :p

  21. Posted June 18, 2017 at 23:49 | Permalink | Reply

    Why are we seeing new people every post…. oooow! Looks like SURVIVALCRAFT IS GAINING FAME AND POPULARITY! You are amazing Kaalus!

    • Posted June 18, 2017 at 23:57 | Permalink | Reply

      Or maybe there are more people like me. It took a while for me to start commenting instead of just reading posts and comments( following since 2013).

    • Posted June 19, 2017 at 00:13 | Permalink | Reply

      I only missed a couple of posts due to finals, and other stresses in my daily life. Also it was a fun troll to make others go on a witch hunt. Also my life does exist beyond making people feel stupid on here, though I admit it is a fun hobby.

      Could you imagine if all 10,000 people who downloaded this game from google play commented on here? there would be 40,000+ posts, and sadly most of them would still be only one word long, but still I’m sure at least a few hundred read these posts.

    • Posted June 19, 2017 at 06:29 | Permalink | Reply

      Do I make an exception? Because I feel like I have played survivalcraft longer then anyone in this site.

    • Posted June 19, 2017 at 07:26 | Permalink | Reply

      Survivalcraft is life 😎

  22. chipcharp
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 00:35 | Permalink | Reply

    good morning😁😁

  23. Posted June 19, 2017 at 00:37 | Permalink | Reply

    I have a ps4 controller would it work gonna try it when it’s release

  24. Posted June 19, 2017 at 00:46 | Permalink | Reply

    It would be nice if we could map buttons to functions in Survivalcraft, it might help with compatibility.
    For those of you who can’t afford a gamepad (or are like me and are too lazy to buy one) there are apps for Android phones that let you use your phone as a Bluetooth gamepad for an Android tablet or a PC that might be worth trying. Not sure about iOS but I’m sure there’s something out there.

  25. italopaulo
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 00:51 | Permalink | Reply

    I can not wait to play this new version of you guys, do you think I’m going to come up with new items?

  26. italopaulo
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 01:09 | Permalink | Reply

    I used google translate, ai the phrase went wrong, I mean if you think they’re going to come with weapons and new blocks

  27. Posted June 19, 2017 at 02:16 | Permalink | Reply

    Wait, does this mean that two people can’t play on one tablet without gamepads?
    Really hoping not, I was looking forward to playing with my siblings on trips without inernet.

  28. Posted June 19, 2017 at 02:17 | Permalink | Reply

    What is your opinion? (Speaking to everyone on this forum)

    • Posted June 19, 2017 at 08:45 | Permalink | Reply

      Kaalus said that the double opposite layout for touch devices will work better with 10 inch tablets. So hope it will be available on all screens bigger than 6 inch.

      • Posted June 19, 2017 at 13:49 | Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, that would be great! (And somewhat uncomfortable, but who cares?) Lol probably everyone smart!

  29. Posted June 19, 2017 at 02:33 | Permalink | Reply

    Will this support dualshock 4/PS4 controllers?
    Asking because the PS4 controller has bluetooth that you can connect your phone (Android, unsure avout iOS) to and use as a gamepad, but I am unsure as to how well it works.

  30. chipcharp
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 03:47 | Permalink | Reply

    add some animation when swimming,sneaking and sleeping in 3rd person view

  31. Posted June 19, 2017 at 04:06 | Permalink | Reply

    I’m still calling​ it that kaalus releases on Monday…

  32. kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 05:00 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow game pads! I remember playing ps4 in my friend’s house I was horrible at using controllers because it was my first time to use it ah the good old memories

  33. Posted June 19, 2017 at 05:38 | Permalink | Reply

    Wait, anyone here tried using PS3/PS4 controllers wirelessly on a computer/PC? I want to know, but having them wired shouldn’t be a problem but I really need to know if anyone here ever know it works? I have PS3 and PS4 controllers I want to try to use on my pc so anyone know?

    • Posted June 19, 2017 at 05:41 | Permalink | Reply

      Also how about xbox 360/Xbox 1 controllers?

      • Posted June 19, 2017 at 06:53 | Permalink | Reply

        I have an xbox 360 controller that works great, however it is built for pc.

  34. Posted June 19, 2017 at 06:52 | Permalink | Reply

    use
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01KVBL4U2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    for pc, its great!

  35. Posted June 19, 2017 at 07:08 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus post’s in under 3 hours. I can sense it. :-)

  36. kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 07:15 | Permalink | Reply

    I think the last feature will be NPC’s it will be Native American Indian tribes that would be awesome

    • chipcharp
      Posted June 19, 2017 at 10:30 | Permalink | Reply

      what is npc?

      • Posted June 19, 2017 at 10:45 | Permalink | Reply

        Non-player character

        • chipcharp
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 10:52 | Permalink

          tnx

      • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
        Posted June 19, 2017 at 10:56 | Permalink | Reply

        A non-player character (NPC), sometimes known as a non-person character or non-playable character, in a game is any character that is not controlled by a player. In video games, this usually means a character controlled by the computer through artificial intelligence.

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 13:00 | Permalink

          Triggered much?

      • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
        Posted June 19, 2017 at 10:56 | Permalink | Reply

        Duh

        • chipcharp
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 11:02 | Permalink

          what is Duh?

        • chipcharp
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 11:02 | Permalink

          what is Duh?

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 12:36 | Permalink

          used to comment on an action perceived as foolish or stupid, or a statement perceived as obvious.
          “I left the keys in the ignition—duh!”

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 12:36 | Permalink

          You might be an idiot chipcharp

        • chipcharp
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 12:44 | Permalink

          ohh.. so u search the word duh on google before u comment here.. how impressive👏👏

        • chipcharp
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 12:48 | Permalink

          so ur an rugged and rude person ..just like your parents!!

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 12:53 | Permalink

          Did your parents ever ask you to runaway from home?

        • chipcharp
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 12:53 | Permalink

          you have probably a useless parents who cant guide you

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 12:55 | Permalink

          Hey! Let’s not get here in a heated argument alright I’m old enough to guide myself you know I’m not a kid to be taught or what am I trying to say sumosobra kana tangina mo!

        • chipcharp
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 13:04 | Permalink

          saying bad word is bad

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 14:34 | Permalink

          Duh isn’t it obviouz

        • chipcharp
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 13:07 | Permalink

          did you know what is tang ina word its means your mother

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 14:35 | Permalink

          Yeah I meant your mom

        • chipcharp
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 13:15 | Permalink

          so back when u were a kid ur parents neglect you on street with bad person who teach you a bad attitude

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 14:36 | Permalink

          Uhhhgggg

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 14:37 | Permalink

          Ughhh your so dumb pls stop makes me want to throw up

        • chipcharp
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 13:17 | Permalink

          congrats u have a stupid parents kakashihatakethe6thhokage666 and ur supporting a devil

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 14:40 | Permalink

          Seems like your the rude one do you even know my parents to say that they are bad you should not judge a book by its cover it’s just go to show you don’t have manners pls kid stop it I don’t want to pick a fight with a kid like you I tried that once but I was the wrong thing to do and also I have no time for you’re childish opinions for christ’s sake!

        • chipcharp
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 13:29 | Permalink

          i dont want to make argue with a brainchild and also a moron anymore

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 14:37 | Permalink

          You sure about that?

        • chipcharp
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 14:42 | Permalink

          wanna spam?

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 14:47 | Permalink

          So cute!<3

  37. chipcharp
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 08:30 | Permalink | Reply

    ahhh!!!choooo!!!

  38. Posted June 19, 2017 at 11:26 | Permalink | Reply

    Wait…. Does that mean sc 2.1 will be released soon?🙊🙉🙈

    💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

    Ignore the emoticons:-(

    #exited!

    • chipcharp
      Posted June 19, 2017 at 12:11 | Permalink | Reply

      Im tired of waiting😤😤😬😬😠

      • Posted June 19, 2017 at 12:28 | Permalink | Reply

        Patience my friend…atleast kaalus often active

        • kakashihatakethe6thhokage666
          Posted June 19, 2017 at 13:01 | Permalink

          Remember patience is a virtue which chipcharp doesn’t have lol ROASTED!!!

  39. Posted June 19, 2017 at 13:30 | Permalink | Reply

    I wonder why kaalus is trying to get more people to buy stuff? Why not just put ads in the game when the character sleeps and be done with it. It’s only selling a tiny piece of his soul for the greater good. With ads he’ll double his money, get 12 new youtube channels advertising his game, and a chance to slap Notch the creator of minecraft. Wow a soul goes for a lot less these days…

    • colbyfranknorth
      Posted June 19, 2017 at 14:13 | Permalink | Reply

      You forget: He doesn’t own Xbox.

  40. Posted June 19, 2017 at 14:20 | Permalink | Reply

    Im ready

  41. Posted June 19, 2017 at 14:40 | Permalink | Reply

    Good, I have an Xbox One and a Large 4K TV and an Xbox 360.

  42. Posted June 19, 2017 at 14:48 | Permalink | Reply

    This update Shall Be Majestic!! Also I’ve played Since Alpha. But yeah, So Cool. Thanks again Kaalus!

  43. Posted June 20, 2017 at 13:52 | Permalink | Reply

    Ab-so-lutely fabulous!!! Thank you Kaalus!!! Just what I needed for TV!!! I always had to use a smaller screen before this.

  44. Posted July 17, 2017 at 01:45 | Permalink | Reply

    maybe add Nintendo switch Gamepads.

  45. Posted July 19, 2017 at 05:08 | Permalink | Reply

    Can the game be played with multiple Xbox One controllers?

  46. Posted August 7, 2017 at 17:32 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus, could you make a new controller otions for android? It is possible to connect mouse and keyboard to android device, but there is no way to play with settings that are comfortable and make you feel like you are playing on PC

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