App of the Week – Zombies and New Years’ Resolutions Edition

Last week was about spending the holidays with aliens. Therefore, it seems only natural that this week I would go truly festive with zombies. (I should probably confess that one of my favorite Christmas stories, the only book that I re-read on a regular basis, involves an entire graveyard’s worth of people raised from the dead to feast on a church full of Christmas Eve party goers. So, in Mrs. Gillespie’s world, Christmas and zombies go hand-in-hand.)
I was looking for something fun for the last App of the Week for 2014 when I came across an exercise app that looks like fun. But it’s only for iOS right now, and I like to make sure that the apps each week are available on both iOS and Android platforms. So, I went with an older app by the same folks.
With the new year comes new years’ resolutions. And one of the most popular resolutions is to exercise more. But sometimes, we need a little extra motivation to keep going. That’s where Zombies, Run! comes in.
Make your playlist and then go for a run. Suddenly, you hear a helicopter crash and a voice comes through your playlist to tell you that you’ve been in a crash and you need to escape from the zombies. The story guides you along through your run and you can earn supplies to help build your base. After you’ve gone for a run (or walk) you can sync up to Zombielink for all of your stats: how far you went, how fast you went, how many zombies you evaded.
The app is available on both iOS and Android and costs $3.99 and comes with 40 missions. There are in app purchases, including 120 extra missions. If you want a slightly less expensive app, there is a Zombies, Run! 5K version for $1.99(iOS and Android). This is an 8 week mission designed to get you ready to run a 5K…perfect if you’re thinking you want to tackle the Thrill on the Hill this year!
And for you iTouch, iPhone, and iPad users, the app that got me started down this road was Dungeon Runner: Fitness Quest. This is an exercise game. You set your phone or pad up about six feet away and turn the camera to “selfie” mode. The game leads you through exercises like punches and squats to help you beat enemies and open secret doors. Looks like a lot of fun and it’s free!
Happy exercising!


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