Written by Barefoot Dawsy
Before I get started, I just wanted to issue an apology. A few months ago, I reported that the Zombie Apocalypse was imminent. As it turns out, I was wrong (I know, I’m just as shocked as you are). Of course, with so many people hanging on my every word, mass panic and hysteria was reported worldwide, and for this I apologise.
The Zombie Apocalypse may not be imminent, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be preparing for it now! Thank goodness there are app developers out there that have you covered. One such team is Six to Start, who took the initiative and built an incredible app (for iPhone and Android) by raising funds on kickstarter.com. The app is called ‘Zombies, Run!’, and if you haven’t heard of it yet, you’re in for quite a treat.
Zombies, Run! Takes the best elements of run tracking and adds to them a well-scripted, entertaining storyline that plays out as you run.
The object of the game is to collect supplies to build up your zombie refuge. As you improve your buildings and defenses, you gain access to more missions and storylines, which is ultimately the point.
It took me a few months after hearing about it before I decided to pay the $7.99 for the pleasure of downloading it. I’m a bit tight when it comes to downloading paid apps, so the ‘hefty’ pricetag put me off. I honestly didn’t think that the app would be worth the price, and that in all likelihood I would play it for a run or two then uninstall it. Truth be told, I was wrong, and a month later, I’m doing all my runs to the sounds of moaning and gunfire.
So what makes this app so good? In a word: Quality.
Zombies, Run, is a very well produced app. It uses GPS to track your movements, which can be viewed on a map via the Zombies, Run! website. The site also provides stats and graphs that will help you visualise your training.
What I like most though is that the storylines are all connected and dramatised. You can’t help but feel part of the action as you get caught up in the story while you run. It’s clear that they have put a lot of time and effort into the story aspect of the game, and even if they were to drop the tracking, this alone would make the app worthwhile.
I really don’t want to give away too much about it, as it’s the surprise, mystery and little details that make this app a winner. If you’re even lightly considering downloading it, I’d highly recommend taking the plunge. It’s a lot of fun, and a great motivation to get out the door.