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By Ali Maggs – Co-creator and Programmer on Zombies Ate My City

Zombies Ate My City running on an HTC TitanIt’s been a busy couple of weeks here whilst we work on Zombies Ate My City for Windows Phone 7.

The film shoot a few weeks ago went really well, and the editing is about to begin on the footage.

In the meantime, I’ve been busy coding away on the app itself.

One of the most important elements within Zombies Ate My City is location.  The idea behind ZAMC is to create a game that combines the check-in structure of services such as Foursquare and Facebook with gameplay, video and a story.

We use geo-location to tell our story in your city or town so you can play the main storyline almost anywhere.

The last couple of weeks have been spent coding up the location elements which include:

  • Knowing where you are (and displaying your location on a map)
  • Working out where you need to get to within your surrounding location (and displaying those destinations on the same map)
  • Tracking you whilst you head to the correct location (in case you are playing in a city that isn’t your own and you want to make sure you’re on the right path)
  • Knowing when you arrive and kicking off the gameplay/video elements accordingly

It’s been a hard slog, and there’s a couple of bugs to iron out but we’re almost there with it now.

Today, we took the app for a spin on a real-world device for the first time (The HTC TITAN) and, thankfully, it worked.

We’ll be using the same geo-location system for other elements of the game including the discovery of weapons and highlighting add-ons that will be unlocked by web-based players (more on this soon!) and to unlock a few hidden badges (more on this later in the week).

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