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Introduction

The Zombie is a costume for the Runner in Run. Their canonical status is unknown.

Appearance

The Zombie has the same general body shape as the Runner; however, the exposed brain emerging on the top, removing the antennas, and the left leg being a raw bone change the silhouette slightly. The Zombie also has a small scar on the right side, and grayish-green skin, further differentiating them from the normal Runner.

On the Run Mobile game art, the Zombie has a scar underneath their right arm.

This anatomy is confirmed by player_03 to not be entirely accurate, and the Zombie will need a redesign before being added back into Run 1 as a costume.

Gameplay

Run

The Zombie is unlocked once you've completed Level 19 and moved forward to Level 20 in Run. There is no change in performance or gameplay when playing as the Zombie; the only difference lies in the design.

As with all the costumes in Run, it is only available to those who are playing on Kongregate with an account.

Run 3

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I remember when...

This section is about old info that has been changed or fixed.

Along with the Caveman, the Zombie appears in an alpha version of Run 3. They have had two abilities over time, however this section focuses on the one that has been more thoroughly tested. Their original ability was a checkpoint system, every 33 meters (sixy six in todays standards), the Zombie would place down a tombstone. If the Zombie falls afterwards, they go back to the tombstone instead of the start of the level (or failing outright in Infinite Mode). The ability needs more testing in Explore Mode. The tombstone can not normally spawn in mid air or on crumbling tiles, but seems to be able to if you have already fallen once in a run. Sometimes it doesn't appear at all, but this is likely a bug. It also does not spawn in level transitions, or outside the tunnel. To make up for their exceptional ability, their stats are all but high.


Ability rating
Speed
 
1/5
Jump length
 
2.5/5
Jump height
 
4/5
Maneuverability
 
5/5
Special ability
 
5/5
General
 
4/5


Explanation

Speed: The Zombie is the slowest character in the history of the series, possibly slower than the Lizard when it is tired. This can make larger gaps hard to manage, but will give you time to react.

Jump Length: Their jump length is subpar, but is usually enough to cross most gaps, as long as you stay on the correct path that is.

Jump Height: The Zombie may have a bad leg, but without high jump height making any large jumps would be impossible. Therefore, the Zombie has decently high jumps.

Maneuverability: It seems to be only slightly lower than the Lizard's strafing, and as such can allow you to correct your path if you see a hard jump coming up.

Special Ability: Checkpoints is an extremely unique ability, and while its utility in Explore Mode is up for debate, the potential in Infinite Mode is unquestioned. The details aren't quite known, but it does seem to become less useful in various ways after you fall, as stated above.

Overall, the Zombie may have the most conservative playstyle in the series, other than maybe the Tophat, the oldest version of the Gentleman. Though, depending on how much you rely on the tombs, you can afford to be reckless. Don't be afraid to take your time as the Zombie, you aren't going anywhere too fast anyways.

Trivia

  • The original tombstone concept was scrapped and reworked into the Duplicator. After awhile, player_03 considered a chargeable jump for the Zombie(which also went to the Ninja costume at one point) but scrapped that as well, and when the Zombie became harder and harder to fit in the story-line, they were finally scrapped entirely.
    • The Zombie is under consideration to become a costume for the Duplicator for Run 3 in Runaway as of March 28th's live stream, although they will need a redesign.
  • In the code, the Zombie is mentioned multiple times near other character data, along with some level data for some reason, while the Caveman is nowhere to be found. This is because the Zombie received multiple abilities across development, and ended up being scrapped later. This is odd considering the Zombie seems to be the harder character to fit in the story.

Gallery


Run 1
RunnerStudentCavemanLizardGentlemanZombieAngelSkater
Run 2
RunnerSkater
Run 3
Runner (SkierJack-O-Lantern) • Skater (Ice Skater) • LizardChild (Ghost) • BunnyGentlemanDuplicatorPastafarian (Pirate) • StudentAngel
Rejected
ClimberNinja
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