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Zombies, Run! (a survivor's review)

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Monday, February 27, 2012

This morning, I saved the world from zombies. You're welcome. I did it from my elliptical. Awhile back, a SparkBuddy (can't remember who) told me about an app in development. If you're reading this and it was you, holler; I'd like to thank you. I followed the app's development, patiently stalking and waiting until its release last night. (geek) The app was supposed to be like a run tracker/pedometery thing, fused with a game.

The premise is the world has been overrun by zombies and there are small bases of humans, trying to survive. They send runners out to gather supplies. Every run you take is a mission, and--oh shoot, I'll just tell you about my first mission. Remember, I can only run on an elliptical (neck injury). So, I'm not actually running around the neighborhood, trying to escape zombies. This is probably a good thing, because I think I'd get so caught up in the story, I'd run into a stop sign or something.

After I loaded the app on my iPhone, it took me through a quick tutorial. I loaded a random playlist, put in my earbuds and started running. Keep in mind, you're not looking at your iPhone or iPod while you're running. You kinda need to watch where you're going, especially if you're running outside! You're just listening to the story unfold.


tutorial screenshots


more tutorial shots

Immediately, I'm immersed in the mission. I hear sound effects and people talking to me. I'm in a helicopter, surveying the area. I don't want to give too many spoiler alerts. Let's just say that I end up on the ground. A zombie herd has been spotted and I have to run to a nearby tower/base for safety. I hear the thump, thump, thump of bass and then-- "There's a fire starting in my heart." Adele? Oh yeah, I forgot this thing actually has a playlist. Somehow, "Rolling in the Deep" seems to work with a zombie apocalypse. I keep running. Somewhere along the way, I pick a broken cellphone, some batteries and a sports bra. Okay... Suddenly, the radio operator breaks in to tell me that I'm going to run by a hospital and I need to stop and scavenge for supplies. If I show up at the base empty-handed, they might not let me in. No hard feelings. These are tough times. Cue "Good Life" by One Republic. Ha ha. I make it to the hospital, which has a group of zombies milling around in the parking lot. I'm supposed to pick up as much stuff as possible and hurry out of there. I speed up. Bruno Mars starts singing "Runaway Baby." I'd laugh, but I'm trying to breathe. Oh, I just picked up some antibiotics, first aid kits, underwear and a can of Spam. And another sports bra. Guess this is going to be a recurring theme. I'm in and out of the hospital, lickity split and heading towards the base. Suddenly, a zombie breaks away from the herd and starts to chase me. I can hear it breathing. This is Zombie Interval Training. I run as fast as I can. I get to the edge of the base. Somebody starts spraying gunfire, to cover me, as I near the gates. Cue Lady Gaga and "Edge of Glory." I kid you not. I made it in the gates. Mission completed.


Stuff I picked up and my base after I unloaded all the sports bras (lol)

Holy moly, that was FUN! I have a larger than life imagination. If something manages to harness that and make exercise fun, then I'm sold. That's why I hoop. And I guess, I can add running from zombies to my list. This little app made me step up my game. I usually run about 2200 strides in a 30 min. run. This time, I did a little over 3000. I had to go outside and walk up and down our street, to cool down. I'm not trying to sell the app or anything. I mean, it's not like I work for them. I just thought some of you might find this interesting. Right now, it's only available for the iPhone/iPod Touch, but they're coming out with an Android version this spring. And yeah, it's a pricey app--$8. But, I figure if it helps me burn off the next 20 lbs., it's worth eight bucks. There's a little language in it, but nothing too drastic. Anyway, I just thought I'd share the fun. Can't wait to see what tomorrow's mission will be.



fyi--Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Here's a link to their page with a nifty video.
https://www.zombiesrunga
me.com/
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WELSTEACH 4/25/2013 11:59PM

    Shelley, it is because of you I bought this AND Zombies, Run! 5k. It is also because of you, and this app that I got my motivation back after an injury to my back put me on my seat for two months (during this time gaining back 17 pounds). Only finished intro and mission 1, week one and I am SO hooked.

So, THANK YOU!!!

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LOGHOUSE 4/18/2013 2:12PM

    Sweet app. Loaded it on my Android this morning and did the first one at lunch. Cool !!

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DRB13_1 8/24/2012 12:25AM

    I'll see if the Android app is released - I can use the extra motivation!
Thanks for the review.

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DANIINNC 8/12/2012 11:46PM

    Thank you for posting this review. I bought the app for my daughter this evening (her reward for working out all summer) and we were wondering if it would work on the elliptical. You answered that for us! I don't normally pay this much for an app, but I like a good story so it may encourage me to get back on the treadmill.

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JENELOPE 7/23/2012 1:39PM

    I got "Zombies, Run" for Android and have been really enjoying the app so far. I've posted about it on SparkPeople but a lot of people don't really get what I'm talking about. I think I need to link to your post!

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SONGBIRDHEATHER 7/3/2012 1:12PM

    I just "ran" (read: walk) my first mission, well half of one lol I'm working on it people! It actually is pretty fun :D I like that I can come back tomorrow and finish the mission and don't have to start over just because I'm out of shape.

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DRAGONCHILDE 5/17/2012 6:21PM

    The one where you have friends help out is NOT Zombies, Run! that's being talked about here. :) That's a different zombie's run. The Zombies, Run! game here is about $7

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SASHARAMBLES 5/17/2012 3:29PM

  What an AWESOME idea! Did you ever figure out where you heard about it??

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MSDESERTRODENT 4/9/2012 10:56AM

    I just got this (I think!) for my phone but mine has the ability to add friends to help out. Does it do this for you too?
I'm looking for friends to add to help out!
I really want to use this tonight and tomorrow morning!

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DEEGIRL50 3/24/2012 7:41AM

    Running for my piggy bank. This will be the first app I've ever purchased. Thanks for the tip.
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AMBERLEH 3/23/2012 4:00PM

    I am LOVING this app! Of course, I get wierd looks from the people who work at the gym because I make faces and sometimes even talk back to the people on the app...but I don't really care. It makes working out sooo much more fun and interesting, and it seems to know when I need extra inspiration and sends me on a mission to save a kid or something. Thank you SO much for telling us about this app! emoticon

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IMSEWNAVY 3/23/2012 11:19AM

    Sounds like something for or from Token Fat Guy!! LOL

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HEALTHYSLIM2 3/23/2012 2:26AM

    It makes me want to get an iPhone!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing. What a great app.
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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 3/20/2012 5:30PM

    Firstly - I actually READ this whole blog...
Secondly - I baught this app :D

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REBECCA431 3/17/2012 2:16PM

    Sounds like fun! emoticon

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AIMEESINGS 3/16/2012 5:15PM

    Oh neat! Thanks for saving us! lol

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LINDATHOME 3/15/2012 12:48PM

    Very cute idea - will have to wait for the Android version though. Thanks for reviewing!

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DELPHYNE 3/15/2012 11:24AM

    That is so awesome!! Thanks for sharing! I only have a droid, but I'll be grabbing it the moment it's released.

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MASRITE 3/14/2012 7:25PM

    That was a great review. I might just have to check it out. Sounds like fun!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/14/2012 2:09PM

    Great review!

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BIGBROTHER323 3/14/2012 1:41PM

    hilarious! I'd love this....that is my son would love this....but $8? I'm pretty cheap! LOL

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 3/14/2012 1:16PM

    I wasnt sure about spending the $8. But, I have done lots of research and it sounds like it might be worth it.

Thanks for the review!

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SKIRNIR 3/14/2012 1:13PM

    If I ever get a newer ipod touch then our really old one, then maybe I will have to get this app. Sounds like a lot of fun!

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LINDAKAY228 3/14/2012 12:54PM

    Sounds really awesome! I'd love to hear what happens next. I have a Droid so will have to wait till that version is available to try it. Thanks for the info and I'll be looking out for it.

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WONDERBRITCHES 3/13/2012 11:08PM

    I just started using this app, so I decided to search for it on sparkpeople, and this blog was what I found! Glad to see I wasn't the only one inundated with sports bras on the first mission. Haha!

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PRIMALMICHAEL 3/13/2012 6:44PM

    Oh I so want that!

...but I don't have an iAnything. Rats!

I am still using my old iPod shuffle. It's a million years old in tech years.

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BECCAAPPLE 3/11/2012 11:26PM

    I love this app !!! I use it everyday!!! So worth the $$$ I hope they update soon with more missions I am getting close to the end of them!!!!

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JURORI 3/11/2012 7:40AM

    This sounds awesome! I am totally checking this out, though it means I'm going to have to find accessories for my ancient iPod Touch (4th gen) in order to use it while I run!

Thanks for sharing!

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HS1056 3/7/2012 8:11AM

  Somehow, I can totally see you running from zombies! LOL You are a naturally funny person. Thanks for another great blog! emoticon

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WVMAMA22 3/7/2012 8:07AM

    Lol love it

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THEEASYKILL30 3/6/2012 2:17PM

    I'm going to have to check this out. $8 is kind of a lot for an app but if they have a trial version that I wind up really loving.... well, I would be down with that. It sounds like A LOT of fun. What a great way to "trick" yourself into working out harder.

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BLACKROSE_222 3/6/2012 1:42PM

    OH MY GOD, this sounds amazing!!! I'm totally checking it out - thanks buddy!

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ALYSSA40 3/6/2012 10:30AM

    Oh my goodness! I am a zombie fanatic and am buying this RIGHT NOW! Thank you for the share!


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CKGO69 3/6/2012 9:57AM

    I bit the bullet and bought this app. Did my first run with it last night and it was fun! I was on a treadmill, but I think it will be even better when I'm outside and can use my imagination a little more. It's a great way to keep your mind working while you're working out. Totally worth the $8.

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MIBELLALUNA 3/6/2012 9:37AM

    Wanna here something funny? I don't know what an 'app" is. All my phone has ever done is make phone calls! haha ( I mean, I guess I 'know' what an app must be, I'm too cheap to even pay for a phone that can access online functions! Sure sounds fun though. Unfortunately, I would guess this game would open me up to a whole new world of nightmares!! I have doozies already! I'm SUCH an old lady! haha

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CAMELSAMBA 3/5/2012 2:36PM

    This sounds fun, but I'm too cheap to spend $8 on an app!

Do you actually have to stop when it's time to pick things up? Do deep knee bends or something? That would be a good way to mix up your workout!

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SGIRE22 3/5/2012 1:15PM

    this might be my reason to upgrade to a smart phone! and a good way to motivate myself into exercising. emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/5/2012 7:14AM

    not my scene but thanks for sharing i use my runs for thinking and planing thinks or just to relax,lol.glad you liked it though.when we do zthhings we like we tend to do them more often. emoticon

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BLOOMING52 3/5/2012 4:57AM

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GARZAH83 3/5/2012 2:03AM

    My wife told me about this and sent me the link...after reading your experience with this, it sounds really fun. This is 2 things that I'm into..... jogging and zombies! I'm gonna start lookin on my android for this app. IF you say it worth $8 and well worth it then it must be.... Thanks for all the info about it! emoticon

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KKTODAY 3/4/2012 6:17PM

    That sounds so fun!! I may have to get that for myself... maybe it'll help motivate me to get running outdoors. Thanks for sharing!
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KIN59VARA 3/4/2012 1:33PM

    Sounds like fun!

I am getting a smart phone next weekend will try it out!

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JODIEST 3/3/2012 10:42PM

    I know I'm late to comment but I have to have this!!! I already shoot zombie targets when I go to the range but since discretion is the better part of valor, it makes sense that I learn to run from/avoid them too. Thanks for the heads up!

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JODIEST 3/3/2012 10:42PM

    I know I'm late to comment but I have to have this!!! I already shoot zombie targets when I go to the range but since discretion is the better part of valor, it makes sense that I learn to run from/avoid them too. Thanks for the heads up!

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JIBBIE49 3/3/2012 6:22PM

    emoticon What an honor to have "FEATURED BLOG" in the Spark Mail. You are certainly a emoticon today!

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CFELTS217 3/3/2012 1:28PM

    Just found one on the android too:


https://market.andr
oid.com/details?id=net.peterd.z
ombierun&hl=en

Well almost, no music, just visual....but i really have no time to keep looking at a screen to see when they get you. emoticon

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AJAYZCHAOS 3/3/2012 9:40AM

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FINDINGBOBBIE 3/2/2012 5:00PM

    Thank you for sharing! I get an iPod touch in two weeks and I think this is the first app I am going to purchase. Sounds like a lot of fun to break up the boredom.

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