This is not a paid or encouraged review. But I want to provide you guys with information or products that have enhanced my running. And this is a big obsession of mine right now.
I love LOVE Zombies, Run.I’m not gonna lie. When I saw this tweet this morning, I got really excited for you guys. Because I know that $8 for an app is steep, but $4? You gotta take advantage of this (click here for link to the Apple Store).
Let me tell you first off that I am not a fan of zombies. I don’t watch zombie tv shows. I mean, I really liked Thriller as a kid, but that’s about the extent of my zombie history.
But I love this app. LOVE it.
It is a great idea that I can’t believe hasn’t been thought of before now. You open the app and choose a mission.
You choose a playlist.
And you start running.
The game totally sucks me in. Every stinking time. I have something important to accomplish – find the CDC file, distract the “zombs” while the township gate is broken, rescue a missing child – and I totally get lost in the story. The time of the mission varies slightly each time based on the length of the songs in your playlist. The app plays the game dialogue at song breaks. However, zombie chases can occur at any time. During the run, you pick up supplies to take back to the base. The voice is very computerized and the terms for supplies are British (tinned food, trousers). I don’t understand how I am physically carrying all those things, but I guess it is a game and all.
That is when things get fun. The app plays a “zombie alert” voice and tells you how far behind they are. And then you outrun them. The beep lets you know if they are getting closer or farther away. The game uses the GPS in your phone to determine if you have picked up the pace enough to outrun them. I don’t always do it. It seems like they always chase me when I’m at the bottom of a hill! It’s okay, though. If they catch you, you just drop supplies to distract them. I haven’t been turned into a zombie yet (or have I?).
You aren’t just running from zombies, though. You’re part of a story. Your identity isn’t really known to the others in the bunker. You’re learning who you can trust and who doesn’t trust you. You learn bits and pieces about the history that has led to the zombie infestation, how to recognize someone who is turning into a zombie, and why runners are needed. I feel a sense of responsibility to give each run my 100% because my town is depending on me. And I still have to prove myself.
When you complete the run, you disperse your supplies to various parts of the compound. I don’t know what happens when you level up, but I’m assuming something cool eventually.
You can see the stats of your run when you’re done – miles, calories, etc. It doesn’t total them anywhere, but each specific run is listed.
A few hints:
- Don’t get so wrapped up in the story that you don’t notice your surroundings. You still need to pay attention to traffic, intersections, jagged sidewalk, all the usual.
- I often run this app with @runmeter in the background. If you do this, you will need to turn notifications off. The default will give you your splits at every iPod pause, which is when the story will start speaking. It took me a while to figure out how to turn it off, but it really changed my experience.
- If you are running more than 30 minutes, play the game during the last 30 minutes. It totally wipes me out because I give it all I have. When I use it in the first 30 minutes, I’m dragging for the rest of my run. And I think I run faster when chased if I’m warmed up really well.
What I love:
- I get so wrapped up in this game. I almost yelled at a little girl on the sidewalk the first time I used it because she needed to get inside. “THEY’RE RIGHT BEHIND ME!” was on the tip of my tongue. Love.
- The story line is so involved. I find myself forming relationships. Deciding who I like and who I don’t like. I was totally hooked by the first mission.
- I really do push my pace. I find myself completely out of breath at the end of a chase. I haven’t found any other training situation that I would push myself that hard. Because I have to outrun the zombie. The beeping has to get slower. I just must.
- When I use the app with the Hunger Games soundtrack, I imagine that I’m in the arena. That I’m Katniss. And that’s pretty cool. (I know, I’m a terrible nerd.)
What I’d like to have that I don’t (yet):
- This game is in the beginning stages, so there are a lot of things that haven’t been developed to the fullest. I wish there was more of a “choose your own adventure” component. That how I divied up supplies would change the outcome of the story. Or that I could somehow choose to be compliant or resistant and that would change how I’m viewed in the township. Lots of things that I’m sure will be available in time.
- I wish there was a way to interact with other friends who play the game. If I could go out on a run with Kristina or Ann or AshleyGee. It would be awesome if there was a way to include friends in the virtual world.
And as I was typing this up, they just released a Runner’s Guide. I can’t wait to read through this.
So was this app worth the $8? Absolutely. So with the $4 sale, it seems ridiculous not to get it. The $4 is good through Sunday.
Do you have a favorite running app that we need to try?
happy running (and zombie avading),