Feeds
80%
iOS app Zombies Run icon

Zombies, Run!

Exercise motivate-urgh, urgh

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

iOS App of the Week There are dozens of apps aimed at joggers that can plot a route for you, and measure your speed, progress and calories burned. Yet none of them deal with the fundamental fact that jogging is the most boring form of exercise known to humanity.

Zombies, Run! attempts to add a bit of fun to your pavement pounding by involving you in an undead apocalypse storyline in which you have to keep running to escape the ravenous brain-munchers and complete a series of missions.

iOS app Zombies Run screenshot iOS app Zombies Run screenshot

Pick up your pace to avoid infection (left). You can be tracked by GPS or accelerometer (right)

You’re thrown into the action as soon as you launch the app, as a group of actors perform scripted sequences that set the scene. You’re flying into the embattled township of Abel in order to complete some sort of secret mission, but the helicopter crashes and you find yourself dropped right into the middle of the decomposing hordes.

After running into Abel you are given additional missions that send you running off to collect supplies, such as med-kits and mobile phones, that are needed to upgrade hospitals and other buildings within the town.

Between bursts of dialogue you can listen to your own jogging music to help you along. As you work your way through the 30 scripted missions, you slowly uncover the real story behind your mission and the zombie apocalypse.

iOS app Zombies Run screenshot iOS app Zombies Run screenshot

Select your mission parameters (left) and begin your task (right)

It’s all deeply silly, but the scripted scenes and dialogue are professionally performed and do help to draw you into the action. There are also some nice touches, such as the ‘Zombie Dash’ option that forces you sprint in short bursts as you encounter random mobs of zombies.

It does have some rough edges, though. The app can monitor your speed and distance using GPS tracking outdoors, or the iPhone accelerometer if you’re using running machines in an indoor gym. However, the developers admit that the accelerometer option is still experimental, and it did seem to behave rather erratically at times.

On one occasion, it wouldn’t work properly at all until I forced the app to completely shutdown and restart again. So it’s probably best to use Zombies, Run! when you’re outdoors and can get a decent fix with GPS.

iOS app Zombies Run screenshot iOS app Zombies Run screenshot

'Collect' items on your run (left) to upgrade Abel's defences (right)

Zombies, Run! is also a bit pricey by app standards, so it would have been nice for developer Six to Start to let people try out a couple of missions for free before paying for the full version. However, it’s an imaginative attempt to liven up an otherwise dull exercise activity, and worth considering if you find jogging a bit of a chore. ®

We make our selection of the best iPhone, iPod and iPad downloads every Thursday. It you think there's an app we should be considering, please let us know.

More iOS App of the Week Winners

SoundBrush SkyDrive SnapGuide CloudOn Figure

Intelligent flash storage arrays

80%
iOS app Zombies Run icon

Zombies, Run!

A silly-but-fun way to make jogging sessions a bit less boring.
Price: £5.49 RRP

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD to DIE, and this is WHY
Apple, er, couldn’t get the parts for HDD models
Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2
New iPads look a lot like the old one. There's a reason for that
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring
Back to driving's basics with a joyously legal high
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.