Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run!

100,000 - 500,000 downloads

Pros
  • Most original workout app
  • It's actually a great incentive
  • Make your jogging routine a game
Cons
  • Battery drainer
  • Expensive price
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Expert's Review
7.0
Great

"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
SPECIAL LAUNCH SALE! Join 800,000+ runners in an epic adventure!

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."

WHAT PLAYERS SAY:
“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.”

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

YOU ARE RUNNER 5
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?

A WORLD OF STORIES
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!

YOUR OWN MIX
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.

INTERVAL TRAINING - WITH ZOMBIES
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*!

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

VIEW YOUR RUNS ONLINE WITH ZOMBIELINK
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!

KEEP THE SURVIVORS ALIVE
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.

NOTES
- 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 3.0.7: Fixed Store error
• In 3.0.8: UI improvements


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

    by Dave Rossi on 23/04/2014

    Lots of fun when I'm running by myself. Definitely worth the price. Breaks the monotony of the run.

  • (69)

    by Archy Fantasies on 23/04/2014

    This is the best motivating fitness app I have ever tried! I love the stories, love the characters, and love that I can only listen if I'm moving. Thanks for being brilliant and do more types of stories like you did with The Walk. Maybe a Cthulhu themed o

  • (69)

    by Katie Baker on 23/04/2014

    No better way to get fit.

  • (69)

    by Brian Itscovich on 23/04/2014

    This app is the only thing that keeps my interest in running. Its part journal, part audio book, part city builder, part social media. Has everything you want and more.

  • (69)

    by Roger Davies on 23/04/2014

    I like the story and the distraction. There are a few foibles with how my Music will suddenly stop playing during a run which requires a stop and restart of the mission. I recommend it to lots of folks trying to get motivated to put in some miles. I'd l

  • (69)

    by Curt Toppin on 23/04/2014

    I don't keep music on my phone, wish this app would work better with streaming music apps like spoify and pandora. Simply lowering the music while ZR talks would be great (like when the navigation app talks to you)

  • (69)

    by Dave O'Reardon on 23/04/2014

    I love this app; such an innovative idea. Unfortunately, I've not been able to use it since I moved to streaming music services (Google All Play & Spotify) because it only seems to work on locally stored music. Shame