While there are a ton of running apps on both the App store and Google Play, there are few that motivate you to actually lace up your trainers and go. Introducing Zombies, Run!, a game/app that does exactly that. It’s a really interesting concept that rewards you the longer you run.
I won’t reveal too much of the story, but the aim is to collect items to help rebuild your town; all the while avoiding those dreaded zombies! For anyone who likes games which involve building a civilisation, you’ll love this. There are a series of missions you play through, but once they end you can continue to pick up items.
As you play the missions, the story unravels a little bit more as to how the apocalypse happened. It’s not an audiobook by any means. You can choose a playlist from your music player app and the story will be resumed after each song. Every now and again, you’ll pick up essential items such as water and food to special items which reveal more of the plot.
There’s also an option for zombie chases (sprint training) where the zombies really get up close and personal. And don’t think you can move into second gear to escape the zombies. I made this mistake on the first run and subsequently dropped an item to distract them from chasing me! Turning this feature off means you can still collect items on your walk to work etc. which is great so this isn’t just for runners.
I’ve been on three runs so far using the app and can say it’s not only made running fun, but I’m also running for a little longer after the mission has finished just to pick up a few more extra things (sad I know).
Elsewhere, the app works like any other running app; it calculates speed, distance, calories burned, routes run etc. so even the most serious of runners will still get the vital stats they crave.
Overall it’s a fantastic app. While some may see the £5.49 price tag as a little steep, I think it’s a worthwhile investment that makes running a little more interesting. And who’s never wondered what it would be like to be in a zombie apocalypse?!
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