Zombies, Run! is my favorite new game and running app, so I will share my initial review, tips, and my playlist recommendation of the best songs for a zombie chase!
Zombies, Run! is a game for your iPhone, Android, and other phones. But it’s also a running app to get an actual workout. The gist of the game is that you are dropped off at a camp in Abel Township during Zombie Apocalypse, and your character, Runner 5, is a runner for the camp to fetch supplies. To collect supplies, you have to actually go out and run. You can run outdoors with a GPS signal or accelerometer, as well as on a treadmill with the accelerometer, as long as your phone/device supports it. Walking is also acceptable, but watch out! As you collect supplies with distance, zombies are randomly detected, and you must increase your speed to outrun them. If you are not able to evade the zombies, you “drop” supplies to distract them. When you complete a mission/workout, you can go back into the game and distribute the supplies around camp. As you strengthen your camp, you receive new missions for future runs. All the while, you’re tuning into a fun storyline, and you get to listen to your own music while you run.
Each mission begins with radio conversation, mostly with Sam, the main radio control guy of the camp. He tells you what is going on and what your mission is. In reality, you are already walking/running, and depending on your fitness level, I recommend keeping a slow pace while Sam is chatting with you. Once he gives you instructions, your music will come on. During that time, you will hear a computer voice-over telling you when you’ve collected something. There’s no need to press any buttons or do anything during your run. It all happens automatically. Sometimes Sam will tell you that a zombie is on your trail, and he’ll encourage you to run, like a good coach. This is just to get you into the story. Then the music kicks in. You may or may not hear the computer voice-over announce, “zombies detected”, along with a beeping sound to indicated that they are near. Sometimes, even when Sam says that zombies are near, you won’t always actually be attacked by them yet. It’s only when the computer voice tells you “zombies detected”, that’s when it’s game on! When they get really close, you’ll even hear the zombies moaning behind you. The beeping will increase, and the computer voiceover will say, “zombies, 20 meters” or whatever distance they are from you. They’re not playing at this point. You have to increase your speed to outrun them. Sometimes, you have to full on run for your life. The voice-over will let you know once you’ve failed or succeeded, and you may slow your pace again.
Interval training at its awesomest!! (Yes, I know that’s not a word.)
When you initially set up your game, you are given an option between 30 minute missions or 1 hour missions. These are approximate, and timing really depends on the length of your songs. The mission storyline continues between songs. Shorter songs gets you through the entire mission/workout faster, but longer songs allow you go more distance and collect more supplies for your camp. If a song is extremely long, the game might break it up. I haven’t experienced that yet. If you complete a mission but aren’t quite ready to stop your workout, the game will continue in “radio mode”. You will still hear random radio communications that go along with the story, and you will still collect supplies and possibly be chased by zombies mobs.
Perhaps you’d like to play the game and get a nice steady workout without the stress of zombie attacks. You have the option in your app’s settings to turn off zombie chases. But where’s the fun in that?!! One way the developers could make the game better is to give an option for difficulty level that would control how many zombie mobs chase you during a mission. I find myself wanting more than I get, and I hope it increases as I get deeper into the game. UPDATE: It does seem to increase in difficulty with later missions! Sometimes, it seems like more frequent zombie attacks, and sometimes, it seems like longer zombie attacks. I haven’t figured out the algorithms yet, but this FUN game is no joke when it comes to a serious workout.
I love Zombies, Run! I am so hooked on this game that even after a sweat pouring, leg numbing mission, I want to immediately go into a new mission and keep going. I normally don’t run until the afternoons, but now I’m finding myself anxious in the mornings to get out and do a workout. A few weeks ago, I hadn’t run farther than 5k’s because I’d get so bored. Now, I’m running 10k’s regularly, and I want to do more!! It’s such great motivation when exercise is a fun game! It has been extra fun running on country back roads. They totally fit the story! Mostly low traffic, mad crickets chirping, roosters crowing as you pass, abandoned houses, rickety barns, hunters’ gun shots in the distance… I sometimes don’t know if it’s the game or really what’s going on around me. So fun!
TIP: I was confused by a couple things during my first mission attempt, mostly because I had trouble hearing the radio communications over my music. There’s a setting to increase the game’s volume, but I’ve figured out that you have to change your music volume through your iTunes on your phone/device before you start the game. You definitely want to make sure you can hear when zombies are detected and hot on your trail!
TIP: You can pause your run at any time (like when you stop to take pictures of the fun things you see along your route). BUT…. if the computer voice has announced “zombies detected”, you can pause your music, but zombies don’t understand the concept of “pause.” There ‘s no time out in Zombie Apocalypse. It will keep beeping, and they will keep coming. RUN. FOR. YOUR. LIFE.
I’m only on my 4th mission now. I’m learning more about how it all works and getting used to how to control my pace throughout the missions. You’ll get the hang of it, too, and you’ll find your groove. I’m even finding myself wanting more zombie chases because the challenge is so fun! I’m not sure how future missions will go, but I hope they increase in difficulty (more chases). Like I mentioned, your songs will have some affect on how much is accomplished in a mission, and your personal pace is also factored in by the app.
Let’s talk about the best songs for a zombie chase! You know how movies have the music soundtrack during action scenes? That’s how I feel when I’m running missions in Zombies, Run! As soon as my music kicks on, I feel like I’m in a movie. The action picks up, and I want to keep running! You can obviously choose songs that are great for working out, but it’s just that much more fun when the songs fit the theme. Here’s my recommended playlist of the best songs for a zombie chase to get you started. I’m including approximate times for your song length consideration. Another tip is to look for a remix version of songs you might like because they typically have a faster beat for working out.
(Sorry, I can’t get these to stay aligned.)
Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) 6:24 Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Living Dead Girl 3:22 Rob Zombie
Bodies 3:25 Drowning Pool
Dragula 3:43 Rob Zombie
I’m Your Boogie Man 4:28 White Zombie
Down With the Sickness 4:38 Disturbed
Stayin’ Alive 4:48 Bee Gees
Maneater 4:25 Nelly Furtado
Run Through The Jungle 3:06 Creedence Clearwater Revival
Cyanide 6:40 Metallica
Keep Yourself Alive 3:46 Queen
Run For the Hills 3:54 Iron Maiden
Runnin’ With the Devil 3:36 Van Halen
We Die Young 2:33 Alice In Chains
More Human Than Human 4:19 White Zombie
Burning Down the House 3:40 The Used
The Beautiful People 3:43 Marilyn Manson
I’m Alive (Xanadu Sdtk) 3:47 Electric Light Orchestra
Born To Be Wild 3:36 Steppenwolf
Run For Your Life 2:18 The Beatles
Die Mother F###er Die 3:06 Dope
Die Another Day 4:38 Madonna
After the Flesh 3:00 The Crow Soundtrack
Kryptonite 3:54 3 Doors Down
Head Like A Hole 5:00 Nine Inch Nails
‘Till I Collapse 4:58 Emimem & Nate Dogg
Never Gonna Stop 3:11 Rob Zombie
Zombie Stomp 6:13 Ozzy Osbourne
Zombie Zoo 2:57 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Zombie 5:06 The Cranberries
You can choose to shuffle all of your songs, but you can’t shuffle within a playlist. If you want your songs to change up from mission to mission, you’ll either have to change their order manually, or only have those songs on your device that you want shuffled. I hope they fix that in the future.
Please share in the comments if you have any other great song choices! I would have a lot more Metallica on here, but most of the best songs are a bit more lengthy than I would like.
Please be safe when you’re working out, especially if you are running on roads. Also, be aware that when you’re running down the street flailing your arms in the air and screaming, “They’re coming, the zombies are coming!”, your neighbors might start to look at you funny. If you’re running with a partner, be aware that your missions might play out in different times, based on your music and pace. Let me know if you learn any other great tips, and I’ll try to update this post after I’ve completed a little bit more of the game!
Now, go! Run! Zombies are coming!!
UPDATE: When it gives you the option to set up a profile on the Zombies, Run! website, DO IT!! I will share screen shots and more details later, but the website show so many cool details about your run. The phone/device app gives good general details, too, but the website is awesome. You can see a map of your run and follow your route, including zombie chases. You can drag your cursor along and see how the zombies catch up to you or how you outrun them. It’s bad ass. I’ll try to post more details as soon as I get a chance!