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Up your game

india Updated: Jul 15, 2013 18:05 IST
Sneha Mahale
Zombies

The makers of the popular fitness game, Zombies, Run!, are reportedly releasing a new walking game. Tentatively titled The Walk, the spy thriller that’s being developed by London’s Six to Start, will ensure that players walk their way to fitness. The basic objective focuses on getting people to move more and be active.



“You are going to walk more with this app and it’s going to be fun,” said co-founder and chief creative officer Adrian Hon of Six to Start at the Games For Health conference in Boston, USA.



As part of Zombies, Run’s storyline for the iPhone and Android, the player joins 4,50,000+ runners on an adventure that motivates you to run faster even as you rebuild civilisation by collecting critical supplies and avoiding roving zombie hordes. The game, which has seen over half a million downloads, comes with 60+ missions. It can be played while you jog in a park, run along a trail, walk to work, or even run on a treadmill.



And it isn’t the only one. If you are looking to get fit in a fun way, here are some games you must download.



Teemo


What It Is

: Have a few minutes to spare? Turn to this app that turns spare minutes into a fitness-travel adventure. There are 10 entertaining adventures to choose from, like ‘Climb Everest’, ‘Eurotrek’ or ‘Carribean Sailing’. Players can choose to focus on strength, endurance or flexibility, and invite a few friends on Facebook to compete with them. Travel writers have penned terse, episodic narratives, and to progress, you only need to do exercises for short spurts, like lunging for 30 seconds. Your progress is marked on a regional map and there are points to collect.


Why it works:

It’s like being inside a video game.


Cost: Free.

Available for iOS.



BullDash


What It Is:

Thought that the bull-chasing scene in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) was mind-boggling? Then download this app that virtually transports you to Pamplona, Spain. Grab your earbuds and headphones and go outside to participate in an outdoor video game that transforms your run into The Running of the Bulls. Choose a difficulty level that you are comfortable with — walk, jog and run — and let the immersive experience transport you to the bullring.


Why it works

: Get a rush with virtual safety.


Cost

: Free. Available for iOS.



Fit Freeway


What It Is:

This game offers a classic arcade racer experience, which sees you compete on tracks from Rome to Africa. You can play while you are on the exercise bike or elliptical trainer. Exercise faster to accelerate or lean left and right to steer. BitGym’s motion capture technology lets you play while you exercise. It reads your exercise speed by using your device’s accelerometer to read vibrations in the bike or elliptical. This is the closest you get to Kinect on a mobile platform.


Why it works:

Arcade racing combined with a video game.


Cost:

Free (lite) or Rs110 (full version). Available for iOS.