Zombies, Run! 2

Running + Zombies = Awesome

There’s one awesome geek app I was eager to write about for some time now. It’s about running – and zombies. I’ve been running for a while now with Runkeeper, and noticed that there’s another running app called “Zombies, Run!” which can be linked to it, posting the run logs and sharing with friends. So, I decided to give it a try ($3.99 for iOS/Android).

“Zombies, Run!” started as a hugely successful Kickstarter project that proposed a mobile app that would inspire running by dropping you into the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

Website: zombiesrungame.com

Game mechanics

Shortly speaking, it’s an audio guide for runners in a zombie augmented reality. You can create 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. The progress can be tracked online via Zombielink, which lets you share your run logs (including music playlists) and route maps with friends, if you want.

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When you’re out running, you automatically collect supplies like medicine, batteries, and when when you’re back home, you can build up your base in Abel Township choosing developing strategy.

Route tracking

The app can work in two different ways; it can track your movement via GPS or via accelerometer. If you use GPS tracking on an outdoor route, the ZombieLink stats will include a map of your route with a linear display of your speed at every point along it. The accelerometer option allows you to use the app if you’re on an indoor track or on a treadmill.

However, a significant part of the game is non-interactive, when you are just listening the plot, and might be running as well as walking. There is also zombie chase mode, when the app tracks how quickly you’re moving, and challenges you to outrun the zombies.

My experience

I was so anxious to test it that I went out in the middle of the night and ran 2 miles around the neighborhood. Generally, I liked it and I will be running through all of its missions.

Though, I imagine that this app might disappoint some people, but it doesn’t make it bad. It’s not a fitness app and it won’t replace RunKeeper any time soon, but it can definitely enhance your running experience and make you run just a little bit faster.

“Zombies, Run!” trailer:

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