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Zombies, Run!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Recently my husband and I ventured into the world of smartphones. We'd had our little flip phones for 6 years, and they were starting to malfunction, so when Best Buy had a sale before Christmas, we decided to check it out. Everyone has been telling us for the longest time we needed new phones, but we're very cheap about stuff like that and felt like we didn't really need them, so why spend the money.

We ended up getting the Samsung Galaxy S3 because for one day only you could get them for $50. It took me a few days to figure it out (I'm still learning...I'm not very good with gadgets). I really like being able to take a picture of something and share it online, and I like a couple of the games. I had a gift card I could use at the google store, so I got the Sparkpeople app, and I found this one called Zombies, Run!

I was intrigued by it, and it was only $3.99, so I got it. You tell the app how long your run will be (it has a 30 min option, or a 1 hour option) and if you want zombies to chase you. It says you can do this game whether you walk, jog, or run. You have a base camp, and you are a Runner. You have missions to complete and guys narrate what's going or what you're supposed to do. Along your run you "collect" items you find, which you distribute to your base camp when you're done.

The first time I played it, I wasn't sure how the zombie chase worked. I later read online that when they say there is a group nearby, you speed up faster than what your average pace was and you get away. The day I did a 30 minute run, and had 2 zombie chases, I was able to evade them both times. I am guessing they never actually catch you. The first time I played I guess I didn't speed up enough, and I "dropped" one of my supplies to distract them when they got close, and I evaded them other times.

You don't need to look at your phone at all till you're done. You set it up and hit start, and it narrates the story. You can pause your "mission" if you need to. Before you run, you can set up a playlist of your music, and choose it at the beginning. Between them talking to you and saying stuff like, "There is a medical kit that was dropped in that tree, see if you can get it," they play your music for you. It's broadcast over their "radio" and when the mission is done, it's like you're listening to a radio show. As you are running and hearing your music, a voice will come saying, "You found some bullets" or "You found a sports bra."

Once you get home, or check your phone after the run, you go to the screen where your camp is. The more supplies you help get, the more your base camp grows. I had 80 some people there, and now there are over 100. I've only done 5 missions, so I am excited to see what happens as it goes on.

If you're into walking or running outside, I think it's a great app to get. During the zombie chases, you can hear them, and it's kind of freaky. It motivates you to speed up. The narrators of the storyline are British too, and I like hearing them talk. :)

If any of you have tried this, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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    Aw, give me a reason to step into this century why don't you?

    I'm still on a flip phone. My husband just upgraded to a touch screen. Both of us are too disinterested in paying for the service to get a smart phone... but this sounds like a great way to make working out more fun.
    2059 days ago
    Sounds fun! Have you tried it on a treadmill? At this time of year, when it's my primary option for running, I'm always looking for new ways to keep it interesting.
    2060 days ago
    I am going to check it out! Sounds fun and it sounds playful! I am glad you are playing! Way to go on that smart phone. You will find it so helpful.
    2061 days ago
    I just got this to try out after reading your blog. I walk or hike nearly every day, so I'm hoping this will spice things up a bit!
    2061 days ago
    I don't have a smartphone yet :( This app is one reason I'd like to get one though! Great to hear a review from someone I 'know' :) I love zombies! I did the Run for Your Lives zombie 5k and it was great! Maybe I'll get a smartphone for my birthday and try it out.
    2061 days ago
    That sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!!
    2061 days ago
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    Sounds interesting.
    2061 days ago
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