Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run!

100,000 - 500,000 downloads

  • Most original workout app
  • It's actually a great incentive
  • Make your jogging routine a game
  • Battery drainer
  • Expensive price
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Expert's Review

"You are being chased, don't you hear them groan?"

Reviewed by / Mar 19, 2013

An awesome and extremely original workout app

All who know me know that I'm a frustrated Z-film scriptwriter who channels his Z-frustration fiercely criticizing those Z-films he doesn't like and singing the praises of those which are worse but he likes better. By the way, I write now and then about z-stuff, to the point of wasting two AndroidZoom articles in it a time ago (here and there)

Of course, I have an AppsZoom alert with the word "zombie" written in caps, so every time a new z-whatever app is born I get an email at the end of the week with it. That's how I find Zombies, Run! And that's how I was scared when I saw it's sold for 7,50$. In addition, workout and me fell out months ago, so if zombiemaggedon were going to be tomorrow, I'd be considered slightly more than zombie breakfast.

However, I have always liked to have the role of the survivor who not only saves his life, but also helps other survivors and, thanks to the united skills of all the team -leaded by moi- create an oasis of life in the midst of an undead sea. By the way, the blonde amazon would fall in love with me and...well, you know the film. If not, ask Romero.

Zombies, Run is worth its price only if you need motivation. If you are an innate jogger (oxymoron) you won't need this app, save your bucks for your next trainers instead. Howsoever, if you want to run but your favorite sentence is "joggin' for jogging's sake is nonsense" here's your app. It doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman, the only required condition is that you are alive and are willing to continue that way.

Zombies, Run! comes with 30 workout routines, each one in the form of a mission. As you jog, you receive orders and listen to events happening around you. You get virtual items (as in a geocatching game) and, once you get home, you can spend them to improve your base. By "items" we also mean survivors or stuff. You can play your own music or choose it from some given tracks.

I don't know if the price and zombie combo are incentive enough to stop putting off your eternal New Year resolution. I love it, and I'd like there were more missions, because I don't know if I will continue jogging once I save mankind. Fortunately, missions are replayable. I'd also like that it wasn't an absolute battery drainer, but that's endemic of GPS based apps (in the end, if you were to go out into a z-infected city, you will make sure your device runs full of battery, won't you?). Don't forget your headphones and thank the developer when you win the next neighborhood race.

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Developer's original description available here
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You tie your shoes, put on your headphones, take your first steps outside. You’ve barely covered 100 yards when you hear them. They must be close. You can hear every guttural breath, every rattling groan - they’re everywhere. Zombies. There’s only one thing you can do: Run!

Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game and audio adventure, co-created with award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman. We deliver the story straight to your headphones through orders and voice recordings - and when you get back home, you use the supplies you’ve collected while running to build and grow your base.

BBC NEWS - “The only way to save yourself is to run for real.”
WIRED - “In the style of Runkeeper, with an exciting undead twist.”
LIFEHACKER - “A really cool way to get outside and exercise.”
CNN - “Turns exercise into a game - a terrifying, terrifying game.”
NPR - "It gets you moving!"
TIME.COM - "Takes all the fun of a zombie game and funnels it into a fitness app."

“Evaded all zombie mobs :-) One of my best sprints ever; this app works!”
“This game will make you sweat. Perfect junction between game design and run tracker.”
“Just tried @zombiesrungame and for the first time in my life I feel truly alive.”

Zombies, Run! works anywhere and at any speed. You can jog in a park, run along a beach, or walk along a trail.

Hundreds of lives are counting on you. You've got to rebuild your base from a few shivering survivors into a fortified beacon of civilization by collecting critical supplies and avoiding roving zombie hordes. Can you save them and learn the truth about the zombie apocalypse?

You become the hero in an epic story of humanity’s struggle for survival where your running *really* matters - and there’s a deeper mystery to be uncovered as well... This app includes all 33 missions from Season 1 as well as the first 7 missions from Season 2; and there'll be a further 120+ missions released weekly and available for purchase!

Choose your own custom playlists before you start running: the story unfolds in between your tracks through a series of dynamic radio messages and voice recordings.

With our optional ‘Zombie Chases’ mode, you’ll need to increase your speed and work up a sweat if you hear zombies on your tail. That’s right - we’ve made interval training *fun*!

View your running and game progress in detail through comprehensive stats and graphs - all for free!

Register with our free ZombieLink service to view and share your runs online, complete with maps and full run history. Plus you can sync your runs with Runkeeper, export them as GPX files, and share them with friends!

You automatically collect items like medicine, batteries, and ammo while running - but when you're back home, who needs them more: the soldiers or the doctors? Which buildings need extra defenses? It’s up to you.

- Requires Android 4.0 or above
- Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/zombiesrungame
Sign up to our mailing list at http://www.zombiesrungame.com

Recently changed in this version

• Streamlined New Look: We’ve made it easier than ever to get fit, escape zombies, and become a hero!
• Season 3 is here, with 60+ new missions released weekly starting from April 16th!
• New Statistics view: See every aspect of your runs, game, and music graphed in detail
• New Codex: See and read about the supplies and artefacts you collect from your missions
• In 3.0.6: Fixed crash related to playing Season 3 missions

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Comments and ratings for Zombies, Run!
  • (69)

    by Joshua D on 17/04/2014

    I downloaded season 1 missions and then went to download a race one for a 10k to try it later and when I went back to season 1 they all needed to be downloaded again

  • (69)

    by Trinh Le on 17/04/2014

    I have never enjoyed running so much before. Although I like running during the evening time when the temperature is cool, this app made me rethink a little since some missions make you look around to make sure no zombies are behind. Would love to use Goo

  • (69)

    by Charles Moore on 17/04/2014

    I have yet to be caught in this game and the fitness that comes with it is noticeable and worth it. I'll never use any other running app.

  • (69)

    by Jameela Huq on 17/04/2014

    I love the stories. I've cried on a few of them, laughed at even more of them. I love being runner 5!

  • (69)

    by Hubert Benke on 17/04/2014

    For less than what you pay monthly at the gym the game keeps making fun out of running. It is truly a good app. (though I still believe that their other game -The Walk - sucks )

  • (69)

    by Amanda Sando on 17/04/2014

    Ive always had motivation issues when it came to exercise but this app makes me want to go out more often so I can continue the story.

  • (69)

    by Forrest Zeisler on 17/04/2014

    Good app overall. Google music would get it 5 stars