More 2.3 bugfixes

I have finished work on the new bugfix release in the 2.3 series. It fixes the following issues:

  • Framerate drops due to sound effects playback on Android devices
  • “Adventure Restart” functionality not working properly with adventure worlds created in older versions of the game
  • External keyboard & mouse control not working on mobile devices

The slow audio playback causing framerate drops on Android has always been there, since 1.17 release back in 2012, the first version available on Android. But, as framerate in these ancient times was jittery anyway, the drops weren’t very noticeable. It gradually started to become a problem recently, as Android devices matured, and the framerate was more likely to stay at 60fps+ all the time.

I made a tentative fix to Survivalcraft 2 full version a few days ago, and submitted it to the store as a test. Unfortunately, the sound issue did not go away, the lags are still there.

So I decided to go nuclear. I completely ditched the current audio system for Android, which used Java-based Audiotrack objects, and replaced it with OpenAL. OpenAL for Android uses native OpenSL ES backend, instead of the problematic Audiotrack. Survivalcraft also uses OpenAL on all iOS devices, so the change wasn’t too complicated or too risky.

I submitted the new build of Survivalcraft 2 Day One (version 2.3.11.3) which contains the latest fix. Please update and let me know if everything works. If it does, I will submit the full version of Survivalcraft and the remaining games as well.

Please note – currently only Survivalcraft 2 Day One has the fix. The other versions of the game still use the old audio system.

72 Comments

  1. Posted July 11, 2022 at 13:57 | Permalink | Reply

    welcome back kaalus :-)

  2. Stanimus
    Posted July 11, 2022 at 14:07 | Permalink | Reply

    There is a bug with the boat regarding the temperature system. You can be standing ON a boat and be comfortably warm but when you actually mount the boat, you can suddenly be freezing. This makes using boats even more problematic than usual.

  3. Chester haspee Aboy
    Posted July 11, 2022 at 15:04 | Permalink | Reply

    I can play stable 120 fps after the latest on android, super smooth.

  4. Posted July 11, 2022 at 15:31 | Permalink | Reply

    A release of Survivalcraft and Bugs for Steam would be fantastic. Ruthless Conquest is already really good on Steam Deck and Survivalcraft would be an awesome addition to my library. Fingers crossed.

    And since you mentioned OpenAL, could you enable HRTF audio? It really helps in other games with spatial awareness.

    • Posted July 11, 2022 at 18:10 | Permalink | Reply

      I second this. Nobody serious about PC gaming uses Windows Store.
      And the audio is sometimes horrendous. Can’t tell where a sound is coming from or even how far away something is.

  5. Posted July 11, 2022 at 16:39 | Permalink | Reply

    Y’all should join the SCC discord if you want to interact with the community! discord(dot)gg/Survivalcraft

  6. Damion Richards
    Posted July 11, 2022 at 16:48 | Permalink | Reply

    Welcome back Kaalus. Please include local multiplayer in next Update!!!!!!!

  7. Олег Губайдулин
    Posted July 11, 2022 at 17:26 | Permalink | Reply

    Several people from our (“KLSC”) community have reported positive changes (on modern devices).

  8. Posted July 11, 2022 at 17:42 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey survivalcraft! Probably the best game I’ve ever played. I’ve been playing from the the first day. I was just wondering… when will multiplayer be put in?

    >

    • Posted July 19, 2022 at 22:50 | Permalink | Reply

      Probably never…of course he wouldn’t let us know if it was planned

  9. Александр MobiUA
    Posted July 11, 2022 at 18:33 | Permalink | Reply

    open access to text files to make the game multilingual.

    • rafael304
      Posted July 20, 2022 at 17:10 | Permalink | Reply

      It is not that easy… However translating text(with replace) in real time would be good enough

    • rafael304
      Posted July 20, 2022 at 17:16 | Permalink | Reply

      The font in this game apparently also doesn’t support some foreign characters

  10. David Segovia
    Posted July 11, 2022 at 20:08 | Permalink | Reply

    Have you think about releasing a XBOX version? would be awesome

    • Posted July 22, 2022 at 15:26 | Permalink | Reply

      Yeah maybe we could play multiplayer across Xboxes using the Xbox multiplayer invites.

    • Posted July 22, 2022 at 15:27 | Permalink | Reply

      Yeah maybe we could have multiplayer across Xboxes using the Xbox multiplayer invites.

  11. Johan Steyn
    Posted July 11, 2022 at 20:54 | Permalink | Reply

    Good to hear from you again!

  12. Posted July 12, 2022 at 02:19 | Permalink | Reply

    my addiction of checking kaalus blog does not die

  13. Myrminki
    Posted July 12, 2022 at 02:56 | Permalink | Reply

    For the love of BOB launche the game on steam

  14. Gnosis Dann
    Posted July 14, 2022 at 20:04 | Permalink | Reply

    Excellent, thanks.

  15. Stan Darsh
    Posted July 15, 2022 at 05:54 | Permalink | Reply

    Only Multiplayer Matters

  16. Chester haspee Aboy
    Posted July 17, 2022 at 02:39 | Permalink | Reply

    I’m expecting ocean update this year😁

  17. Posted July 17, 2022 at 06:24 | Permalink | Reply

    Yesterday in our “SurvivalCraft Fan Club” “KLSC” a survey was conducted. 15 votes > changes helped. 1 vote > no. This is with almost three hundred views. This is about all who have recently asked for help in setting up optimization. The new sound system > helped.

  18. Pete Pickett II (pete3000)
    Posted July 17, 2022 at 20:13 | Permalink | Reply

    You need to push this to the Oculus!! You could sell it for $20 easily!

    • Posted July 17, 2022 at 20:26 | Permalink | Reply

      Exactly. And Kaalus has already started working on VR support. There is incomplete code in the game that implements VR.

      In my opinion this would bring huge popularity back to Survivalcraft because Mojang is taking their time with Minecraft for Quest. Similar games on the Oculus store have nowhere near the amount of features as Survivalcraft.

      • Posted July 26, 2022 at 12:45 | Permalink | Reply

        I tried VR Minecraft and talk aboutotion sickness 🤮

    • Posted August 14, 2022 at 09:27 | Permalink | Reply

      Correct! That is, if your marketing audience is 13 year olds who will only play it for a week and then get bored. Not saying he can’t make money off of it, it’s just that this game has been obsolete (on the game mechanics side) for many many years now.

  19. Posted July 22, 2022 at 15:25 | Permalink | Reply

    I wish we had local online multiplayer because that would make the game so much better

  20. Myrminki
    Posted July 30, 2022 at 04:32 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus can you add to the next update a “mortar”? basically a tube with adjustable angle that can be connected to the dispenser to shoot gunpowder kegs in angle

  21. Posted August 3, 2022 at 00:56 | Permalink | Reply

    I’m really looking forward to the new development of your game. How do you feel about Vintage Story? Why don’t you get inspired by this game? It is complex and interesting at the same time. And I would like to see a lot of things in your game; creating a cold room, an electric refrigerator, and so on. New natural blocks: chalk, quartz, silt gravel, swampy land, bone cultural layer. New ruins/buildings. I love both games, and I wanted SC to be more filled with content. Or more opportunities for game modifications. Thanks for attention. And sorry for the Google translation

  22. kettoskereszt
    Posted August 21, 2022 at 06:09 | Permalink | Reply

    Nice. Really nice.
    I hope You are enjoying your own little world where you are the dicta… the King.
    🙄🙄🙄

    • kettoskereszt
      Posted August 21, 2022 at 06:11 | Permalink | Reply


      I asked: Can i comment?
      But the wordpress ate that….
      I thought, You disabled me…..

  23. Posted August 23, 2022 at 09:03 | Permalink | Reply

    I hope you update the game before the end of the year.

  24. Văn Trần
    Posted August 23, 2022 at 13:01 | Permalink | Reply

    Seem fps issue has been solved on Android device. Everything is good for now

  25. Văn Trần
    Posted August 29, 2022 at 16:42 | Permalink | Reply

    Please add double tap to move item between inventory and storage

    • travis dent
      Posted August 29, 2022 at 18:13 | Permalink | Reply

      I’m playing on PC (sometimes iOS) and on my laptop I’m not seeing birds anymore in a saved game (anyone else seeing that?) this a normal Continent, living, Harmless setting. I went to offshore islands, but not a bird, in sight, anywhere which is odd. (Doesn’t make sense.)
      I noticed if I have the compas in my hand, it’s no longer showing North in the correct direction. I have to refer to what direction it points on the icon, in my inventory (hotbar).
      On Windows PC I’m having more crashes and file size / out of memory issues than on iPad.

  26. Posted August 30, 2022 at 04:15 | Permalink | Reply

    It would be amazing if we could create and save memory banks with an specific configuration such as furnitures. I mean, we could mimic any complex thing such as “bit shifter” and use it whenever we wanted. It would be even better if we could change its label. I mean, change that big “M” to any other text we wanted such as “Bit shifter” or “bit sum” and save it.

    Sorry if it’s not clear, I don’t speak english (but feel free to awnser or comment anything y’all want, I’ll try my best to awnser as soon as possible–)

  27. Văn Trần
    Posted September 2, 2022 at 03:02 | Permalink | Reply

    I’m fine with 100 days progress only on android, just 1MB. Guess your save file got bug while upload it to Dropbox. Try using an older save file or make a new world

  28. Gnosis Dann
    Posted September 10, 2022 at 14:59 | Permalink | Reply

    Hola kaalus, espero que el avance en tu juego sea con más frecuencia, es un juegaso, también en pleno 2022 estamos acostumbrados a las actualizaciones cada mes, tu juego no es el caso.

    Es una pena, realmente es el mejor juego, pero tiene como 2 años que ya no lo juego por el pobre contenido que avanzas mes a mes.

    Saludos

  29. 101lordcreeper
    Posted September 13, 2022 at 16:56 | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve been playing survival craft 1 and 2 for like 2 days and I already like it more than Minecraft which I’ve been Playing for like 2 years anyways I think there should be a friend system and friends can join other friends in their worlds I LOVE the split screen, but online multiplayer would a super good idea, so Kaalus please add it would make Survival craft way better. and that’s my feedback. also, I don’t own the game so if u are nice enough, please make the game free for like a week idk I Can’t pay so… :)

  30. Posted September 17, 2022 at 18:26 | Permalink | Reply

    PLEASE LET US KNOW WHATS GOING KN KAALUS … please .. like it would be so dope to see baby Animals.. if we could finally BREED ANIMALS ❤️.. that would be dope … pet Dogs That could help us know when danger is near .. maybe a special dog Whistle.. Some Fruit would be dope !! Or more plants to Grow … please bring life back to us 😭

  31. Posted September 17, 2022 at 18:27 | Permalink | Reply

    I Pray You & your family Is Okay !

  32. VanoJano
    Posted September 24, 2022 at 23:38 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi!
    I found an interesting bug. I have a stable 120 fps while my finger is touching the screen, but when I release it my fps drops to 70-50 after few seconds and jumps in these values. I tried different game and device settings, but nothing changed.

    And what about mouse support? I couldn’t get it to work on my device. I think my device is capable of this because it interacts without problems and any prep settings with full mouse support with terraria or with windows 95 simulator for example.

    Also I found fps drops with audio playback but then i visit play market… Thank U so much! Now it is very smooth… till I release touchscreen.

    My device is Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    Android 12

  33. Posted September 25, 2022 at 18:45 | Permalink | Reply

    Well, the life goes around…
    I started to play SC about 2012 because MC didn’t works in my cellphone. The time passed by, I bought a better cellphone, started to play more MC than SC (because I had already done all things that I wanted to do in SC, like houses, traps, farms, etc) and MC, in addition I can make all this tinhgs that I had done in SC, I could beat all bosses, complete the achievements and so on.
    In meanwhile, I started to work hard, I worked in different places, I got married, I started to program apps, and in beggining of this year started to study Computational Science in university. And in a subject called Logic Gates I see all things that has in eletronic stuff in SC. I played SC again to use the logical gates and the sensation was a mix of me, now, more grown that lived so much with a younger me that only want play a game based in MC but had (and I still have) a affection for this game (SC, I mean). I already said here and I’ll say again, and probabaly I’ll say often while I, this game, and this forum be here: SurvivalCraft has a enormous content and a amazing mind behind it to be better and more known game, but firstly Kaalus need to talk more with his fanbase and stop to vanishing all year like this. As a programmer now, I know how hard is to do something like this by himself, but…I don’t know…say only “hello world” to us, that is still alive and working in SC, and after, add somethings that help the lore of the game to bring the players that played SC in golden ages to play again and new fans.
    Hugs from Brazil.

  34. Posted October 4, 2022 at 05:57 | Permalink | Reply

    See you all at the next update in a year or two. 😉😜🤣

  35. survivalcraftkinglozada
    Posted October 13, 2022 at 17:59 | Permalink | Reply

    When will we get mining carts and tracks? Its not just a minecraft thing other building games out there use it. Also potential bluetooth co op? ios16 needs a update as well for game ..

  36. kettoskereszt
    Posted October 21, 2022 at 19:30 | Permalink | Reply

    . . .

  37. Kekeron
    Posted October 24, 2022 at 06:30 | Permalink | Reply

    kaalus can you make survival craft multiplayer

  38. Posted November 6, 2022 at 17:43 | Permalink | Reply

    We Need to bring this game to the glory

  39. Stefix1
    Posted November 19, 2022 at 18:34 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey Kaalus, you should fix these bugs I found in survivalcraft (2).
    I made a video about them, if you want to see it I contacted you on email a while ago, you could send a message to me via email.

  40. Chester haspee Aboy
    Posted December 19, 2022 at 21:26 | Permalink | Reply

    Hello kaalus, I hope there’s an update before the end of this year. Happy holiday!!

  41. kettoskereszt
    Posted December 26, 2022 at 05:33 | Permalink | Reply

    Nobody write about Christmas time.
    You don’t write about the update or Your status.
    This game and this site are dead…. Again…. Usually…..

  42. kettoskereszt
    Posted December 31, 2022 at 14:13 | Permalink | Reply

    Last day of 2022….

    Quiet…

    Nobody’s here….

    No update either…..

    There is nothing here…………..

    _____________________________________________________________

  43. Stan Darsh
    Posted January 7, 2023 at 23:31 | Permalink | Reply

    Very very lame Kaalus.
    He’s had a potential gold mine here.
    Chose instead to work a day job.
    Sad. Lame. Kaalus.

  44. Chester haspee Aboy
    Posted January 14, 2023 at 13:17 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus pls let us know if you still there, we need an update please

    • kettoskereszt
      Posted January 14, 2023 at 18:20 | Permalink | Reply

      Naaaah….
      Unnecessary words.
      Kaalus does doesn’t bother himself about such things….

      Say something about the update?
      Naah…. No, at the end my fans would know that I’m alive… So i will be quiet. For a long long time. About…. let’s just say…. 2 years. Again. Then, whatever anyone says, i don’t care…

      This is, how Kaalus communicates his fans/customers.
      Common practice in.
      He disappears for months or years.
      Nobody knows anything about him or the game….
      And all of a sudden he pops up unexpectedly with an update full of new bugs, the old ones are not fixed. We say these things, he gets offended and disappears again.
      As usual…..

      So Your words are totally unnecessary.

      Sorry, but that’s it . . .

  45. Johan Steyn
    Posted January 22, 2023 at 08:44 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi everybody.

    I have been thinking on why Kaalus never brought multiplayer to SC, since he is capable to do it long ago. Even though Minecraft had numerous upgrades including most of what SC had, SC would have been big competition against MC. It would have put SC in another level.

    The only logical explanation is that MS paid Kaalus not to develop MP and just keep on adding features here and there. If the money was enough, it would also have taken away Kaalus’ drive and incentive to further develop for SC, since all his life’s needs are fulfilled. We live in an evil world where competition is killed off by those with power and money.

    Of this is the case, it would really be a sad case and the only way my theory can be proven wrong, is if SC got MP. I now doubt that this would ever happen, ever. The only way this might happen, is through the Chinese developers that had a working MP SC but for some reason also got quiet. MS wants the whole cake for themselves and will not allow one other player to compete.

    Don’t you find it strange that MC was slowly adding all the animals Kaalus had?

    I do hope though that Kaalus would prove me wrong, or there might only be a time limit on this agreement.

    For now, SC had become a longer game without a future. Very very sad to see.

    • kettoskereszt
      Posted January 22, 2023 at 16:17 | Permalink | Reply

      Hi!

      Maybe, You are right. Maybe….
      But, i think, he got tired. Bored. As usual.
      After the last update, he got more negative criticism than positive. We also mentioned the old bugs. He got more offended.
      Maybe he just given up.

      Don’t you find it strange that MC was slowly adding all the animals Kaalus had? – No, i don’t.
      Kaalus can do this too. But he does not do. Why? Your thoughts, my thoughts, thoughts of everyone else….

      I think, You think about Microsoft, like an evil big company.
      Yes, it is.
      But Kaalus is just a small fish.
      Minecraft become bigger and bigger, even better and better. I play it a lot. On my phone.
      Maybe You are right, and MS sees that Survivalcraft has a big potential, so “buy or destroy”, and they really payed Kaalus to stop.
      But look back.
      Look at his update rate. His behavior. His communication.
      I mean… I think, it is not the money. It is the person. Personality.
      I don’t know….
      I understand Your thoughts. And hope, You are not right, and one day (as soon as possible) Kaalus come back.
      We will see.

      • Johan Steyn
        Posted January 22, 2023 at 18:36 | Permalink | Reply

        Maybe you are right. It is hard to get so much criticism. It is just sad to see his brainchild die such a sad death. Maybe others will try to build on it. I don’t play MC. I still play SC from time to time though.

        What Kaalus forgets is that many of us also invested in SC, building great worlds, creating texture packs, furniture and skins. Our was a great adventure, now almost all gone. If it only had MP, it corks have done without many of the other updates. But sadly that never happened.

        • Johan Steyn
          Posted January 22, 2023 at 18:38 | Permalink

          Sorry for typos. “it was a great venture…

          It could have done without…

  46. Chester haspee Aboy
    Posted January 23, 2023 at 13:51 | Permalink | Reply

    Remember kaalus told us he is making a new project similar to Ruthless conquest, reason his attention on SC gonna be set a side for a while. Even he told us SC gonna be rest for rest for a while, 2.3 pdate came. On my own perspective, kaalus still working on for SC, remember he is indie developer. So update gonna take too long.

    MP is not a big deal for me, adding NPCs is a great idea, look those NPCs on terraria they are intractable, you can make them a shelter, trade with them, fight with them and lots of benefits you can get from them. What if Mr. Igor a.k.a kaalus add to SC, it gonna be game changer. Adding potions is helpful too. Ingame events such as blood moon, storms, quakes etc. It gonna be fun and challenging. I hope mr. Kaalus will update the ocean because it’s so ducking boring and dark. I hate the swimming animation tho.

    • Johan Steyn
      Posted January 23, 2023 at 21:41 | Permalink | Reply

      It no longer is an issue. I see Chinese has released a MP version that works just great. I wonder why nobody has mentioned it here yet. I know they have tried to contact Kaalus for a long time, but it seems they did not manage to get a response from him. They wanted to give the code to him.

      There are multiple mods available as well, like holding a torch to give light. These mods are really big. Many more animals as well. There are even industrial machines. It would be great to rather have it part of the official SC in stead of a separate community. There aim was not to create an illegal version, but it has been extremely long.

      MP has been asked for from the beginning. MP is not just a nice to have, but the only way this game will survive. Somehow this never realised, but this MP works great. It changes everything. I really hope Kaalus will contact them and make it official part of the game.

  47. Stefix1
    Posted January 24, 2023 at 20:41 | Permalink | Reply

    kaalus is gone again
    he probably doesn’t get enough money from the game, or got bored of it, and he also has kids (you guys should think about that before you say he hates the game, he is sidetracked) so they could be keeping him too busy to work on the game or maybe he’s treating the game as a small “side project” which is sad but someone’s got to take care of his family

    • Chester haspee Aboy
      Posted January 24, 2023 at 23:03 | Permalink | Reply

      What if kaalus add bosses like in terraria?
      Updating the combat mechanics and movements what I’m looking for.

      Survivalcraft farming is pointless because when you always farm, and get lot of foods, you will get bored. I’m hoping kaalus add at least 10 npcs where you can trade with them. Different npcs with different role like terraria.

      I know kaalus is indie game, and I understand his situation, I’m also worried about the game. If I have knowledge about game dev, I will make like survivalcraft.

      • Stefix1
        Posted January 25, 2023 at 13:09 | Permalink | Reply

        He would have to come up with his own original ideas, which would be pretty hard. Also, farming is not useless because its not about sitting there and watching your plants grow until you get like 40 bread. Farming is a little feature you could use to boost your food source for a little longer so you could keep going to find that wildboar you might’ve seen 2 minutes ago.

        I do think Kaalus should start hiring people to work on the game with him, as working alone on an indie game is quite a task, let alone a big game. It would improve his situation by a large amount and even 1-2 more people working on the game could make more updates and come up with ideas significantly more then just Kaalus alone. Kaalus would just have to lead the group, which shouldn’t be that hard if its small. Although big companies might start to see the potential of this game and try to kill it off.

        Bosses and new combat mechanics would be cool, but I do think that we have enough moves available. Wall-jumping should only be done on climbable blocks, such as ladders, if wall-jumping will get added. New combat mechanics like no “miss”, maybe a visible meter to see how much damage you will do via e.g. holding left click and letting go after you’re ready to attack, and guns auto-using resources in your inventory so they’re easier to use (or just use bullets and slots for said bullets and not simple pellets). A boss for this game would be VERY hard to come up with, since this game isn’t all fantasy and rainbows like minecraft but more realism (think modern day, except no civilization, structures, or other people, just you surviving alone on an island), and bosses dont exist in real life, so Kaalus would have to think really hard about bosses, or maybe not even bother with them.

  48. Green ball like slime
    Posted January 25, 2023 at 14:44 | Permalink | Reply

    Still hoping on trading, ocean, movement, various plants/fruits and npcs. Argghh Mr. Igor where are you??

    • Stefix1
      Posted January 25, 2023 at 17:21 | Permalink | Reply

      A better feature would be cooking food over a campfire. Perfect early game way to make cooked bacon! You could also put a water bucket and a pumpkin or egg next to each other on the campfire and it would make pumpkin soup or a cooked egg. If there was a way to auto fuel campfires, or make long-lasting campfires like lit coal blocks, people could make small fireplaces and cook food that way.

      i do still want more plants and veggies/fruits though we dont even have apples 💀

  49. Kekeron
    Posted January 26, 2023 at 17:15 | Permalink | Reply

    we need multiplayer and stone shovel or stone machete

    • Stefix1
      Posted January 26, 2023 at 17:37 | Permalink | Reply

      theres a reason kaalus scrapped the stone tools in 2.2
      and theres a chinese mod for multiplayer, they are developing the mod for PC, but the mobile version is finished already

      • Posted January 28, 2023 at 11:47 | Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, a garbage reason

        • Stefix1
          Posted January 28, 2023 at 12:58 | Permalink

          it wasn’t realistic enough and SC2 is based around realism dumb dumb.
          also having all the tools combined into 1 is much more efficient even if its easier to break cuz it literally costs only 2 sticks and 1 rock or cobblestone to make

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