Review: Zombies Run Fitness App

Emma Crameri
on July 2, 2021

Zombies, Run! is an app for getting fit while escaping fictitious zombies and saving the world. This is an immersive running game and audio adventure.

The fitness game was co-created by Naomi Alderman and Six to Start games studio. It was launched after a successful Kickstarter project. Although it was originally a paid app with over one million users, it became free-to-play in May 2015.

Players have unlimited access to the first four missions, and then the ability to unlock one additional mission per week. You can join up with an Abel Runner’s Club membership (paid) to unlock unlimited access to all missions and game modes.

You can enjoy the game as you jog in a park, use a treadmill, run along a beach or go bushwalking. To keep things fresh and interesting, you can enjoy a new story with each run.

If you want something more challenging then select a zombie chase. This simulates an incoming herd of zombies, and you’ll need to increase your speed to escape. It’s interval training with a twist.

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Zombies Run Features

  • You can walk, jog or run anywhere. The game works in all locations and at any speed.
  • Over 400 missions with new missions added every week
  • Collect essential supplies as you move, and then build up and defend your base
  • Zombie Chases
  • Free Cloud Backup: you can back up your runs and track your progress online.
  • Compatible with Apple Watch and Wear OS by Google. Allows you to keep track of your vital stats with a glance at your wrist.

For each mission, you can view the name, date and duration, distance, total time, the number of supplies collected, steps and your average pace. There’s a timeline of what happened during your session. You can then share your run on social media with an optional sweaty selfie photo.

You optionally hear distance notifications. I like these announcements that let you know when you’ve reached a distance milestone.

Zombies, Run! promises to help you get fit, escape zombies and become the hero.

Available on iOS and Android.

Zombies Run Website: https://zombiesrungame.com/

About Six to Start

Six to Start is an independent game developer based in London, specialising in story like games and game-like stories. Their latest games include Zombies, Run!, the world’s bestselling smartphone fitness app, and The Walk, the first smartphone fitness game funded by the UK’s Department of Health.

Six to Start was founded in 2007. It’s made treasure hunts and games involving millions of players for Channel 4, the BBC, and Muse, along with cutting-edge fiction for Penguin and Macmillan that’s been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art. The company also conducts research and development for companies including Disney Imagineering, Microsoft, and the British Museum. http://www.sixtostart.com/

About Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman is a writer, broadcaster, academic and technologist. Her most recent book is the international bestseller The Power, which is published in more than 30 languages, won the Baileys Prize for Fiction and was chosen as a book of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times and President Barack Obama. She’s worked in games writing for 15 years, she’s Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she presents science programmes for BBC Radio 4 and writes Doctor Who stories for the BBC and Penguin. She is currently show-running the TV show of The Power for Amazon Prime Video.

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