Silva was concerned about losing the console charm of Z0MB1ES in a phone version, but he said it worked out just fine in the end, potentially because the infuriatingly catchy theme song doesn't require 60GB to get inside your head.
"The game is faithfully ported," Silva said. "The twin-stick controls work as well as you can expect, and the game introduces a brand new charm: phone charm! It's like console charm, but now you can obnoxiously sing along to the song in public places full of strangers. Because remember, creeping people out on a bus isn't just a two way street -- it's open warfare."
Silva had been approached previously to port Z0MB1ES to iPhone, but he said he was unfamiliar developing for iOS and he was "too much of a control freak" to let any shops do it for him. Microsoft asked him about porting to WP7 halfway through the development of Vampire Smile.
"I'm a bit of an Xbox fanboy anyway, so being able to incorporate Achievements and Leaderboards to what was originally my XBLIG game was really cool," Silva said. "And there's definitely a bit of pride to be had in having three games you've published through Microsoft showing up on your own Gamercard."
can be viewed as the arcade mode of the original Z0MB1ES
, complete with a looping labyrinth full of monsters out for your blood (or brains). Time Viking
' cue, cutting back from the flesh-based flaying of Vampire Smile
and including a different kind of explosion -- robot explosion. Time Viking
involves an epic ballad about accepting your fate as a washed-up rock star and building a robot-scrap-metal tower to the moon. Once there, you do something worthy of any rock star, aging or otherwise.
"I get emotional every time I finish the game," Silva said.
Silva and fiancée Michelle are currently working on a new four-player brawler for XBLIG, Charlie Murder
. With a name like that, we'd expect something a tad grotesque, but the amount of Gindhouse-inspired gore in Charlie Murder
surprised even Silva, he said.
Turns out melting skin off isn't just entertaining, but adds a whole new dimension of gameplay!
did something weird, if not entirely unexpected, in development," Silva said. "Now there's wall-spike impalement, melting skin, dual-wielding severed arms, curb-stomp executions -- it's a huge departure from the original version I planned for XBLIG, and I'm loving how it's turning out. Turns out melting skin off isn't just entertaining, but adds a whole new dimension of gameplay!"
That's true love at work, people. Once Charlie Murder
is finished (or when he gets tired of hearing people compare it to Castle Crashers
), Silva and Ska Studios want to make a new Dishwasher game, and he has plenty of ideas mapped out for it already. "But that'll all have to come after Charlie Murder
," Silva said. "And Charlie Murder
is coming... when it's done. Probably before the world ends, but no promises."
For now, Z0MB1ES!!1 (on teh ph0ne
) is out on WP7 for $2.99
-- that's about $1 a game -- and Silva doesn't have any plans to release it on other mobile platforms. If you've been looking to get a Windows Phone, this might just be the final reason to break down and do it, and we don't see anything wrong with that