Attack of the Sunday School Zombies
Go to the Zombies Game Description Page
More graphics! | The Study Guide & Worksheet (3mb pdf) | Video Clip of Super Kenz in Action!
Zombie Game Tips:
1. Yes, Pastor Bob is
supposed to be floating off the floor in the sanctuary!
Zombies Tech Support:
If suggestions on this page don't work, please email me with DETAILS of the problem and your computer. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you encounter a problem, please check your system specs and minimums to make sure your hardware is up to snuff. You can do this by clicking START, then RUN, and typing "DXDIAG" to open Windows' DirectX Diagnostics. Click the 'save as text' option and email me that information, or, click the DISPLAY tab and write down the videochip brand/model, videodriver date, and amount of videoram and send it to me. I'll need complete details.
Make sure your video chip is good enough. Some Windows Me and early XP -era computers may have inferior video/3d capabilities. See my notes above about DXDIAG to learn more about your system. You can also learn more about videochips/ram at www.sundaysoftware.com/videocard.htm
Make sure your video chip's DRIVER is the latest version from the manufacturer. They update video drivers to solve problems. If your computer is more than 6 months old, odds are they have improved the driver. Run the DX Diagnostics program described above and read the date of your videodriver. Then....Go to the computer manufacturer's website and look up your computer in their drivers/download area. This is true EVEN FOR NEW COMPUTERS. It's not uncommon to receive a brand new computer which the manufacturer has ALREADY released a video driver update. Happened to me twice!
Reported Problems and their solutions:
After installation, the game engine ("acknex") crashes or stops working at the opening...
Try these things first:
1. RIGHT click the Desktop icon for Zombies and select "Run as Administrator".
2. Reinstall Zombies to a folder location of c:\zombies instead of the default c:\programs(86x) location (which seems to have some funky permission issues related to that folder).
In Vista or some versions of Windows 7, you may also have to use the Windows Compatibility tweak. So....After you have installed Zombies to that Desktop folder, right click the Desktop Icon for Zombies that was installed and select "properties" then "compatibility" and set it to "Run as in XP" to get Vista to chill-out. (you may also have to do this for the Start-Zombies.bat file in that folder). This step was not needed on our two Windows 8 test machines. Go figure.If that doesn't help, then try the following more detailed solution --after deleting your old Zombies installation and deleting its Desktop icon.
1. Restart the Installation from the CD, but this time during installation/setup program, CHANGE the install directory to c:\zombies. You will see an option on the installer to 'change' the folder to this new one.Why? If you install it to the default location, Windows 7 assigns it to c:\program files(86)\zombies and the game will not run from that folder.2. After installation to c:\zombies is complete, go into the c:\zombies folder and RIGHT click the file "START-ZOMBIES.bat" and select "EDIT". This will open the start file in Notepad text editor. On the last line of that open file, delete the word "-diag". (In other words, the last line of the file should read "sanctuary.exe -d hardware"). 3. SAVE the file and double click the START-ZOMBIES.bat file and enjoy your game!
If you have XP and have plenty of RAM and Videoram then consider this: The game opens with a video clip. It uses the Windows Media Player format (wmv). Crashing could be a sign of not enough video ram on your system. Or it could be that your version of Windows Media Player is way out of date. Make sure you have a recent version of Media Player loaded on your computer. It's free from www.microsoft.com/windows/mediaplayer
When opening the game, it won't open and it gives you an error message...
Other things you can do to workaround start up problems:
Pastor Bob is floating 6 feet above the pews in the Sanctuary:
Sound Volume too low:
At end of game, I can't get all the zombies to go to sanctuary:
I keep running out of donuts:
Do you have a partitioned harddrive and have problems with Zombies?
The Story Behind the Zombies CD
I've been teaching Sunday School and
youth groups for nearly three decades. And in nearly every class or
group, I've found it important to ANSWER "WHY"
kids should want to come to church and Sunday School. ...Because
let's face it: worship and lessons aren't exactly fun things to do in
the minds of our kids.
Our kids (and some adults) have a lot of complaints. They say "it's
boring" or "I
don't need to come in order to be a Christian."
(see the list of zombie complaints above) The typical answer
of "because it's important" or "because I said so" isn't good enough. The answer needs to be
in scripture and delivered with creative
insight. The answer also needs to come with
suggestions kids can implement to make their experience come
alive. Zombies CD does this.
I hope this game will begin to answer their complaints and give you plenty of opportunity to discuss "answers" to their important questions.
See my Zombies Study Guide for a list of all the verses and narrations used in the game. It will help you carry on the discussion after the game is over.Why "Zombies" ? First... they're fun and make the game exciting. Second... they are a metaphor for the way people sometimes mindlessly and boringly GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS at church and Sunday School. They also give Super Kenz the Bible Kid something to FLING AT. Kids love to shoot stuff in video games. In our Zombies CD, our hero flings donuts to get the Zombies to pay attention, and in doing so, your kids pay more attention too. <>< Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software
Pictures from the Game...