Run For Your Life with Zombie App

Run For Your Life with Zombie App

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If simple fitness won't get you to run, maybe a ravenous horde of zombies will.

Running has become such a quotidian activity that most people forget why humans can do it in the first place: to get the hell away from predators. London-based developer Six to Start wants to remind people of that in their upcoming iOS game, Zombies, Run!. Rather than another zombie-killing game, Six to Start (which you may remember from the card-based ARG Perplex City) aims to create a fully interactive alternate-reality adventure game, where runners can ensure the survival of a human colony in an apocalyptic wasteland - but only if they get up off the couch and run for their lives.

The game mechanics sound pretty simple: all the player has to do is run. "You receive orders and hear the story told through radio messages and voice recordings between your own custom playlists," the game's Kickstarter page explains. "Missions last around 20-30 minutes in real time and there'll be over 30 unique missions in Season 1." As players run, they advance a seasonal story and pick up supplies that they can ration out when they return home. In-between missions (runs), players will discover puzzles, documents, websites, and other story tidbits to help them piece together a larger narrative.

If this sounds like a good idea to you, then it's up to you to help Six to Start get the necessary funds together. Their Kickstarter page explains that they will fund the game out-of-pocket, but player contributions can help make the game better, from better testing to famous voice actors. Considering that one of their offers is $20 worth of Season 1 content for a $10 donation, this could be a chance for would-be runners and marathon veterans alike to save some scratch. After all, a little extra money could come in handy during a zombie uprising.

As any runner can tell you, good fitness is its own reward. That said, there's nothing wrong with spicing up a run with an unobtrusive game, and it could be just the thing to get new runners out of the house and onto the streets. If nothing else, it will be good preparation for the inevitable real zombie apocalypse.

Source: Kickstarter

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This is not the first app I have seen like this.... I had one on my original droid....

If this can't get me to start exercising, nothing can.

but player contributions can help make the game better, from better testing to famous voice actors.

I'd run gladly through any real life zombie apocalypse when Morgan Freeman is the narrator ^^

In order to get immersed in games I prefer to play them at night. I wonder how it would work with this game.

BTW: Does it use quick time events?

That's...genius.

Don't they understand this could be as big as "Brain Training"?

You could even swap the Zombies with Terrorists and market it to the Politicians.

The_root_of_all_evil:
That's...genius.

Don't they understand this could be as big as "Brain Training"?

You could even swap the Zombies with Terrorists and market it to the Politicians.

Thats... genius... o_o
Totally going to be getting this, since 2012 is when my Z-day training starts.
Hopefully they get some good voice actors :D
Now where did I put that wallet...

Doom972:
Does it use quick time events?

How would that even work?

You're running along, the phone/game has a GPS map of the street (moving in real time, of course) and as you pass along the end of an alleyway, it screams "LOOK OUT!" at you and you have to dodge to the side to avoid an imaginary zombie lurching out at you?

I dunno, something like that done for too long might make the player paranoid... let alone playing it in the dark!

OT: I wish I could use this. My asthma won't let me run longer than a minute :(
Also, I don't have an iPhone.. so that kinda sucks...

Byere:

Also, I don't have an iPhone.. so that kinda sucks...

Yeah, they should have a version of it for the PC and home consoles. This way you'll get much more exercise since they weigh more than the iPhone.

Good idea in theory, but in practice I usually listen to podcasts (The Escapist™ podcast!) when I'm exercising and it makes me stop when I miss part of it, and stopping is never really a good thing to do when exercising.

Still, shut up and take my money.

Doom972:

Byere:

Also, I don't have an iPhone.. so that kinda sucks...

Yeah, they should have a version of it for the PC and home consoles. This way you'll get much more exercise since they weigh more than the iPhone.

I think he meant an Android version, which in the kickstarter page they mention, but I like your snarky response nonetheless.

They should make some different difficulties for the less athletic among us. Maybe "Shambler"(walking speed), "Thriller" (jog, y'know, cause they can't dance that fast), and "Runner" (take a guess).

This very game has been out on Android for over a year.

Edit: My bad, I was wrong. However, there is a game called 'Zombie, run!' on Android, and it has indeed been out for a long time now, so these guys really are taking the mick with the name, not to mention the fact that they've ripped the concept straight from it and only added 'missions' and a story. The basic premise is identical though.

Mako SOLDIER:
This very game has been out on Android for over a year.

Then why is it looking for donations to be developed? 0_o
Its a trap?

Mako SOLDIER:

Edit: My bad, I was wrong. However, there is a game called 'Zombie, run!' on Android, and it has indeed been out for a long time now, so these guys really are taking the mick with the name, not to mention the fact that they've ripped the concept straight from it and only added 'missions' and a story. The basic premise is identical though.

It is possible that they came up with the idea and didnt just rip it, I myself make games, program them myself and quite often your idea is already done and on the rare occasion done really well, its not always a blatant rip but just a coincidence :/

Well, if anything's likely to make me run, I guess it's zombies.

Blueruler182:
Well, if anything's likely to make me run, I guess it's zombies.

Or your legs xP

But seriously, this is a great idea, when i get home im going to donate $50 :D

I'm just going to be the Devil's advocate here and say that I can't get it unless it's available for Android.

Hi guys - one of the developers here. Our game is very different from the Android one you mentioned, which not only doesn't have missions, but it doesn't have any story or base management strategy, plus it requires people to be watching their screen all the time - hardly safe if you run at any speed.

We've also decided to *definitely* develop an Android app, for release a little while after the iPhone version. We'd always been planning to do this but we weren't sure about the demand or timing. Clearly we were wrong and there is a ton of demand, so we're making it!

This sounds amazing. I might actually exercise!
As long as it's on a format I have (which it appears it does!) and it's not super expensive then I might give it a go.

I wonder if screaming whilst running is also considering exercise or whether its undue noise disturbance...

That could be fun. To bad I don't have a IPhone.

4nthr4x:

but player contributions can help make the game better, from better testing to famous voice actors.

I'd run gladly through any real life zombie apocalypse when Morgan Freeman is the narrator ^^

And as the man ran from the spectral ghosts of humanities sins, he realised that Morgan freeman was an awesome choice for narrator. then was eaten by the defiled.

4nthr4x:

but player contributions can help make the game better, from better testing to famous voice actors.

I'd run gladly through any real life zombie apocalypse when Morgan Freeman is the narrator ^^

"I figure you either get busy running, or get busy being eaten."

adrianhon:
Hi guys - one of the developers here. Our game is very different from the Android one you mentioned, which not only doesn't have missions, but it doesn't have any story or base management strategy, plus it requires people to be watching their screen all the time - hardly safe if you run at any speed.

We've also decided to *definitely* develop an Android app, for release a little while after the iPhone version. We'd always been planning to do this but we weren't sure about the demand or timing. Clearly we were wrong and there is a ton of demand, so we're making it!

One question, does it need to be connected to the internet during the game? I ask because I'm interested in getting this but I only have an iPod, with Wifi, no 3G capabilities, so no connection if I'm away from a hotspot at any point :(.

CJSinc:

Mako SOLDIER:

Edit: My bad, I was wrong. However, there is a game called 'Zombie, run!' on Android, and it has indeed been out for a long time now, so these guys really are taking the mick with the name, not to mention the fact that they've ripped the concept straight from it and only added 'missions' and a story. The basic premise is identical though.

It is possible that they came up with the idea and didnt just rip it, I myself make games, program them myself and quite often your idea is already done and on the rare occasion done really well, its not always a blatant rip but just a coincidence :/

That is indeed possible, but the fact that their title is only a letter different from the existing game doesn't sound like coincidence. Heck, it even has the same punctuation. I mean really, the original is called 'Zombie, Run!' and this one has the same concept and is called 'Zombies, Run!'. It looks way too similar to be coincidence.

Edit:

adrianhon:
Hi guys - one of the developers here. Our game is very different from the Android one you mentioned, which not only doesn't have missions, but it doesn't have any story or base management strategy, plus it requires people to be watching their screen all the time - hardly safe if you run at any speed.

Fair enough, but might I recommend that you consider a less similar title (ie, not nigh on identical)? The current one makes it look like either the same game or a blatant rip off. Regardless of whether this is true or not (benefit of the doubt says not), I would imagine you probably don't want people to think that.

This looks pretty awesome. I need an incentive to start running, and this looks like a great way for me to start! Can't wait!

I had one like this a year or so ago on my Android phone. It was kinda fun when you're walking through the city. You need a friend to join in so you can laugh at what you're doing together, it's much less fun alone.

4nthr4x:

but player contributions can help make the game better, from better testing to famous voice actors.

I'd run gladly through any real life zombie apocalypse when Morgan Freeman is the narrator ^^

Or the narrator from Bastion who has nearly the same voice as Freeman and he tells the story of your great escape

4nthr4x:

but player contributions can help make the game better, from better testing to famous voice actors.

I'd run gladly through any real life zombie apocalypse when Morgan Freeman is the narrator ^^

He would be so calm that you would forget that there were zombies and therefore forget to take steps against them, thereby getting killed.

Having BRIANBLESSED yelling at you, on the other hand...

 

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