When I first heard of Zombies, Run! last year, I was excited. Who wouldn’t want to imagine themselves in a zombie apocalypse, running and eluding them slow-witted lumbering corpses? So I was eagerly awaiting for this app to appear in Apple’s App store.
I took it out for a spin this morning. I was due for a 10-kilometer run and was excited to try it out. As soon as the game started, I heard the rotors of a helicopter, some talk of a guided missile, followed by a helicopter crash. Before I knew it I was some sort of runner running out into a world populated by zombies. The game story unfolds in between songs in your playlist and you are picking up supplies as you run. While you run, there will be moments that some zombie horde will chase you and you have to speed up to avoid them. The zombie chase lasted about a minute, so you can look at this game as some sort of interval training routine. There are 13 missions in the game. I completed the first mission in about 30 minutes, and in those 30 minutes I think there were two occasions when I was chased by zombies. Once you get back to base, you can distribute the supplies to upgrade base facilities.
Sounds fun? It was. I specifically enjoyed the moments when there were zombies hot on my trail. I looked at my Garmin data and yes you can see when I had to pick up the pace to avoid being caught. I also noticed that, versus the first time I encountered zombies, I had to run faster the second time. Does that mean that succeeding batch of zombies will be faster?
Sadly though, at $8, this app did not actually meet my expectations. My hopes were probably too high. I am of the old-school Dungeons-and-Dragons mold, where I enjoy the experience of being immersed in a fantasy realm. Maybe it was because of the cheesy script, or maybe because I expected a world similar to the Fallout RPG game series, but I didn’t feel the dread and despair of living in a zombie-apocalyptic world. I particularly didn’t enjoy that, after a mission, you are switched over to a “radio mode,” where two disc-jockeys are bantering in between the songs in your playlist.
Still, it’s an entertaining concept, and it does add an element of fun and variety into your workouts. The game does have potential. I would like to believe that the there are twists and turns in the story and that the developers have some tricks and surprises under their sleeve.
I am a confirmed Zombie addict. I have a collection of George Romero’s films, enjoyed Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, laughed my eyes out with Zombieland, and am currently following the hit series Walking Dead. I’ve always imagined how it would be like in a Zombie Apocalypse. Now, there is the unique running event that simulates a Zombie infestation, right in the heart of Filinvest , Alabang! Zombies will attack on April 21 . . .
From Kikayrunner’s post:
What is the Current Situation?
An outbreak of unknown origin has been ongoing in Filinvest, Alabang, since November 2011. Human cases have been confirmed near Palms Country Club. Despite systematic efforts to control the infection, the outbreak is continuing, with the progressive zombification of most members of the Army-Navy South Tri team.
How is the Zombie Infection Spread?
It is almost always spread by a bite but can also be spread when a zombie’s saliva gets directly into the eyes, nose, mouth, or broken skin. The primary sources of human infection worldwide are humans who have been transformed into zombies. Read “How can participants protect themselves” for more information.
How can Participants Protect Themselves?
Consider stepping up your speed and agility training.
On race day, April 21, at 5pm, participants of The Running Dead will be released in waves of 100.
- Each and every participant will begin the race with Life ribbons/flags.
- The participants will run a 7k on-and-offroad obstacle course of rugged flats, inclines and obstacles infested with zombies who are out to capture your Life flags.
- Your objective is to finish the race with at least one Life flag intact to qualify for race honors and/or a special loot bag.
- If you lose all your Life flags you are ineligible for place prizes.
- Racers are not allowed to push, punch or taunt zombies; zombies are not allowed to touch or push a racer.
- Marshals are on the course to enforce a no rough-housing rule.
- All participants have free entrance to the Running Dead after party.
What Kinds of Zombies Are There?
- Walkers set the tone of the course. They shuffle and moan and move slowly and only grab a flag if you’re very close.
- Startlers hide near obstacles and grab flags at bottlenecks on the course.
- Runners ensure that no one reaches the final stage with all flags intact.
- Elite members of the national team will make sure that your finish line sprint leads to a personal best.
What Do Survivors Get?
- 1st male & female: P10,000
- 2nd male & female: P5,000
- 3rd male & female: P3,000
- All qualified finishers keep their brains and get a loot bag and shirt
Proceeds from the race will go to four (4) deserving graduates of the Super Tri Kids program run by Coach Ani de Leon. With so many young athlete hopefuls in any sport in this country, many fall through the cracks after their junior training status. The goal of this race is to keep these high-potential kids in training and progressing in the sport. (Hopefully they’ll end up eventually representing the country in international races as national athletes.)