Run for your life: Zombies, Run! fitness app gets over 60 new missions

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I’ve always hated running. When I’m asked, I jokingly say that the ten years of life I probably lose by not focusing on cardio-vascular exercise, I make up for by not feeling compelled to jog in a big circle each day after work, or talk about running shoes at dinner parties.

But if there’s one thing that could get me running it’s a zombie apocalypse — in which members of the once-dead rise again to try and feast on my brain and internal organs. And I’m definitely not the only one.

Gamified fitness app Zombies, Run! was launched a couple of years ago, but has just been updated with a number of new features.

For those unfamiliar with it, Zombies, Run! replaces your regular running soundtrack with a zombie story in which you are the main character — with your level of physical exertion playing a part as you outrun zombie hordes, collect supplies, and eventually return (brain intact) to base camp.

Most importantly the new update adds 60+ new missions, released on a weekly basis from April onwards. The app has also undergone an aesthetic streamlining, which makes it easier than ever to navigate and explore.

In addition, there’s a new interval training mode, in which users can create their own custom interval training workouts, and the app will then wrap these into a dynamic and intense story.

Finally there’s an added statistics mode, which sheds light on everything from the details of your run itself, to additional information about the fictitious world presented by the game.

Zombies, Run! can be downloaded from the App Store for $3.99, compatible with iOS devices running iOS 7.0 or later.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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