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Fresh Android Apps for June 19: Zombies, Run!, MiHome Launcher, Highway Rider

by Marty Gabel

In today’s Fresh Apps, discover a new way to keep fit and avoid the zombie apocalypse at the same time. Zombies, Run! is a unique app that turns your regular fitness routine into a fun game. Also, we have MiHome Launcher, which gives non-rooted users the clean, crisp look and feel of the MIUI Android ROM. Finally, we’ve got Highway Rider, an adrenaline-infused motorbike racing game where riding fast and dangerously is positively encouraged.

Zombies, Run! ($7.99)

It’s far from cheap at $7.99, but Zombies, Run! is such a neat idea, you may think its worth the cash outlay. Half-game, half-fitness app, Zombies, Run! is a sure-fire way to spice up your exercise regimen. You’ll not only get fitter and healthier (hopefully), you’ll also have a great deal of fun along the way and escape the zombie apocalypse.

The concept (which started life on iOS) is simple: the app delivers a story straight to your headphones through orders and voice recordings, and when you get back home, you use the supplies you’ve collected while running to build and grow your base. It’s basically a lot like Runkeeper, but with an intriguing, undead twist. Stay motivated!

MiHome Launcher (Free)

MIUI has been a popular ROM for rooted Android devices for a while. But for those who can’t (or don’t want to) root their smartphones, MiHome Launcher is now available in Google Play. The launcher is easy to install, puts all your apps on your home screen and offers thousands of themes. In addition, MiHome supports 10 screens, offers some handy widgets and generally offers a clean launcher experience.

If you’ve been on the fence about rooting and using MIUI, perhaps MiHome Launcher will serve as a nice preview. While it only works with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), those on older versions need not fret. Fortunately, MiHome Launcher (Android 2.3) lets you enjoy all the same features even if your device isn’t running Google’s latest OS.

Highway Rider (Free)

Sometimes, the simplest games are the most fun, and if you’re looking for some addictive, high-octane motorbike action, check out Highway Rider. Don your crash helmet and get on your bike, then zoom down the open highway complete with nitrous canisters strapped to your ride for a little extra boost.

At first, there are only a few trucks and cars to pass, and the closer you drive to them, the bigger the points you score. As you drive farther, more and more vehicles need to be avoided and you’ll be weaving in and out of the lanes at ever-increasing speeds. Customize your rider with different colored outfits and collect gruesome photos of your majestic bone-crunching crashes when you fall.

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