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Zombies, Run! for Android

By Six to Start Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 7, 2014

Zombies, Run! combines a running tracker with an engaging audio-based zombie game, challenging you to run more to avoid the zombie horde and (as an ongoing three-season storyline unfolds) gather items with which you can build a new settlement and rescue humanity. You've never seen anything like it before.

Pros

Unique experience: Zombies, Run! delivers an immersive storyline through excellently acted audio recordings, collectable in-game items, and a mini base-building game. Add to these real-time and overall tracking stats, achievements, and social integration for connecting with your friends, and you get a unique running game that can be more engaging than any horror film, especially if you use it after dark.

Effective fitness trainer: The unexpected zombie noises as well as the sense of urgency of the recordings are great motivators that make you run faster and further, especially with the Zombie Chases feature, a highly effective interval training mode. Thanks to its storyline, this app keeps you moving more than average fitness trackers.

Music playlist support: This version introduces an in-app music playlist, which lets you choose your running soundtrack -- the acted-out bits pop in when you expect them least.

Cons

Base-building fun but not essential: While the building side of the app, in which you use collected items to construct a base and keep the humans who have survived the zombie invasion alive, complements the audio story and the missions can be enjoyable, it doesn't give you the sense of achievement you get when escaping zombie hordes during your runs.

Infrequent crashes: Sometimes the screen freezes during tracking, and then, after some seconds, the app crashes. When it happens mid-run, it's annoying.

Bottom Line

Whether you run every day or only once in a while, Zombies, Run! can help you stay motivated. It's a unique and addictive running game with a wonderful story and all the fitness tracking features you'll need. Even if you're not into zombies, you should still try this unforgettable app.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2.1

  • - 1.2.1 hotfix: Supplies now upgrade buildings again
  • - ACCELEROMETER MODE! Including zombie chases! Treadmill runners rejoice!
  • - Radio Mode mission - All Jack and Eugene, all the time
  • - More Radio Abel
  • - Level 5 buildings
  • - More bug fixes and performance improvements

General

Release October 22, 2012
Date Added October 22, 2012
Version 1.2.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements REQUIRES ANDROID: 2.2 and up

Popularity

Total Downloads 864
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game and audio 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.

  • 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
    • With 30 missions and over 40 runs worth of gameplay, 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...
  • 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*!
  • VIEW YOUR RUNS ONLINE WITH ZOMBIELINK
    • Register with our free ZombieLink service to view and share your runs online, complete with maps (coming very soon), full run history, and the ability to 'play back' zombie chases so you can see how much faster you ran when the living dead were right behind you!
  • 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 - and the bigger your base, the more missions you can play.

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