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Constant crashing of my colony regions

27d
#1
Hi,

After the latest update, my region in mycolony is crashing every few minutes on iOS. I set all settings to as memory efficient as possible, much lower than what I had before. I am not getting any crash reports. This never used to happen before. I get this is not much to go on, but any idea what could be the issue?

Furthermore, i seem to be unable to save a region as a file (backup/move to pc and back). If you click Game data > Backup Game File you can only story mcz (city) files, even for regions (instead of mcr). Of course these do not work when opening from another device. On PC you can click backup while loading as well. On iOS you cannot, hence I cannot move my region to pc where it may work.

KR,
Wv
27d
#2
Hello! So MC on mobile, especially IOS, does tend to crash once your colony gets pretty big. I’ve found that turning off buildings that rapidly produce resources tends to help out a lot with crashing. I’ve also found turning off buildings while building them and then turning everything on once everything is built helps as well. Just be sure to stay in the world for a bit to average up your inflow/outflow of resources.
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27d
#3
Hi Electro,
Thanks for the advise. I can try switching off buildings while building.

I’m not quite sure what you mean with a large colony. I have only 10 medium cities, most with a single resource in them and quite small. The game crashes in new cities before I can place my third building.

Can something like removing bus stops help? Since it’s not correlated to size of the cities but number of cities, it might help communication between them.
27d
#4
When you say crashing, is the app totally quitting?
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26d
#5
Hi Baste,

Indeed, completely stops.

I would already be happy with a button to store a region so I can move my colony back to PC when back from holiday. :) Unplayable on iOS atm for me.

KR,
Wv
25d
#6
Hi,

Been playing around with what works and doesn’t:
Two things that heat up my iPhone in seconds and seem to increase crashes massively: the ether cloner and building drones.

The cloner churns out colonists like hell and it may be they have to be reallocated multiple times per second. Lowering the refresh rate seems to help somewhat. Sadly there are no realistic alternatives if you need to grow 300k colonists, especially if you cannot leave your phone unattended for a time due to crashes.

Building drones. On my old phone I used to have about 50 non stacked drones on a huge map. Now I cannot build with 50 stacked drones on a tiny map. Refresh rate doesn’t seem to help here.

KR,
We
25d
#7
Do you only experience this on Regions, vs single maps?
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25d
#8
This happened on regions only once I got multiple smallers cities (like 4-5). It doesn’t happen on single maps but then I don’t have advanced single cities.

I think it’s more an issue with building and colonist production being highly resource intensive. I can immediately feel my mobile heating up with those things. Could it be that every time a colonist is produced the entire batch (e.g. all tens/hundreds of thousands of colonists) gets reallocated? Something like that may dramatically increase resource consumption if that happens multiple times per second.

For why building is so resource intensive, I don’t know. I can corroborate electro’s story though. My current strategy is switching off everything while build, ideally with a stack of 1-2k drones so I don’t spend hours waiting and it gets somewhere between crashes.

Thanks for looking into this!

KR,
We

PS: Do you have a clue how to backup a region on iOS?



24d
#9
The way you back it up on iOS is you have to wait for the next update so I can add a 'Backup Region' button to small UI screens :-/
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24d
#10
I am patient. Very kind of you to add the button!
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