It’s quiet. Deafeningly quiet. Suddenly, you hear a door creak. Your heart starts pounding. You want to run but your legs…they’re frozen. It’s ok man, just calm down. I’m freaking out. A minute ago I was asleep. Now I’m not sure where the hell I am. I’m going to be ok, I just need to breathe. Deep breaths. Everything will be ok. But that’s what they all say.
Then it starts.
The screaming. Screaming like you’ve never heard before. You hear crying. It pierces your ears. I’m running now. I see the carpet. It’s covered in crimson red stains. All up the walls, in the carpet, on the door. Oh God…is this the apocalypse?!
Nope, just my son having jam on toast for breakfast, let’s play some Z-Run!
Z Run is a non stop apocalyptic race for survival. Each short level is about making it past hordes of zombies and obstacles to the end of your run. Once a run is completed, you move further into the map to the next run. As you’d imagine, the further you leg it through the 3 main areas, the harder it gets. More zombies appear. More terribly parked cars block your way. You have to have your wits about you. Luckily for you, you have quite a few options. Although you’re continually running, if you want to sprint faster you can hit the right trigger. They may call them walkers, but in this town you were born to run more than Springsteen. If they are too close to sprint CFE3-2RNT-4JTA by though, you need to get physical. You can slide kick their infected ankles, kick them in the face, or pick up a weapon along the way, such as a wooden plank, a gun, or even a Bass guitar. Oh so that’s what they meant by Slap Bass!
Here’s the kicker though – literally everything you do uses stamina. It brings a strategical element to the zombie chew-a-thon which is really interesting. At times, you’ll find you’re way better off trying to not kill any zombies, especially if you’re low on stamina or health. It only takes a few hits for you to be scrambled brains on toast and avoidance is the key.
Z-Run, although short, is so addictive. For the most part, it’s cool. The levels being short works perfectly, as the game is at its best in brain splattering short bursts. There’s some cool touches too, literally. As you swipe at zombies, blood spatters on the screen. You can then rub the blood off using 397F-9CN4-GQDF the touchscreen. Being able to swipe while you wipe is a really cool feature. The controls in general are super responsive too, which is essential when you’re sprinting for your life. That being said, Z-Run does have its issues. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not Z list, but horribly parked cars weren’t the only roadblocks I ran into.
When I took Z-Run on the go with me and out of a wifi area, the game would persistently tell me I had been disconnected from PSN. Every 15 seconds, during a run, this big notice would come up in the middle of the screen whilst my game continued underneath it, making it impossible for me to play. I scoured under every dead zombie for a setting that would solve the issue, but I just couldn’t figure it out. As Z-Run is a Vita game, made for a handheld, this is obviously not ideal. Another issue I encountered was not the length of the levels individually, but the length of the whole game. After completing it on normal, I was curious to see how long it had taken me. I decided to switch to easy and blast through it for the That Was Easy trophy . I timed myself and I completed it in 29 minutes. Obviously there is lots of trophies to earn that require multiple plays, not to mention the fun Survival Mode to dive into, but if you’re not a trophy hunter you may take issue with the £7.39 price tag.
Despite these hindrances, I’m still playing and enjoying Z-Run. At its best, it’s a really fun experience. I’ve completed the game 3 times and it’s safe to say I’ve still got my running shoes on.
If you want a flesh eating, brain beating addition to your Vita library, Z-Run is worth your time. It may not be a next gen gem, but this nail biting, zombie fighting alley crawl is still worth a look.
Punk Rating 6.5/10