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Review: Zombies, Run! [Android Version]

Posted Jul 23 2012 9:07am

We all need motivation now and again to stay on track with an exercise program. Things happen, and soon it becomes easier to say no than to get off your arse and onto the treadmill. Been there, done that.

That’s what makes an app like Zombies, Run so valuable. The app is available for both iPhones and Android smartphones. The latter is the latest edition. To start out with, the app is called a game, but is not in the strict sense. It does have interactive features, which give it a fun element. The second thing is that some people will enjoy the app more than others. You can say that about most things though.

It is essentially an interactive audio book. There’s elements of games with building your base. There’s an engaging storyline. There is not–yet–calorie count features, but you can view and share sessions online. Its value comes from the motivation it inspires with the story. If you use the GPS feature, you get the essence of the app, namely, zombies chasing you. This feature for indoor sessions will be included in an upcoming update.

Pros:
Definitely, a lot of fun. You collect items to build your base. For some, this may be motivation enough. There are 23 missions, with an additional seven in development. A second release is also planned. For the price, you’ve got 30 exercise sessions, which can last you a month or two. That’s about enough time for you to make exercise a habit.

Missions are about 25 to 40 minutes. You can still collect items after the mission is completed. This is a good selling point to keep you exercising for a decent amount of time. Remember, the USDA “Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010″ recommend 30 minutes of exercise, at least five times a week. If you need a push to start a workout program, look no further.

The missions play in between your own playlist. App like Spotify are not supported, but this is due to those apps and their particular setups. I can’t comment on this feature as I prefer just the story and not a music backdrop to my workouts.

Cons
Zombies, Run is not cheap by Android standards at $7.99. Yet, considering its longtime use, I didn’t think this a big deal. Hell, I waste that much money on groceries every week.

The app is best suited to someone that is looking for a compelling story. The zombie chases are scary. The story borders on political correctness at times, which I wasn’t sure if I really liked at first. Hopefully, the developers will stick more to zombies and less to a PC story.

For someone who is always looking for new motivational techniques, I found Zombies, Run entertaining and truly motivating. I know one thing for sure. I’ll definitely be on the treadmill tomorrow to find out what happens next.

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