How do human teams score points?

1) Team Steps Average


Your team receives 1 point per step based upon the average of your team’s steps. This score is subject to the Team Survival Modifier (see more below). These points accrue daily.


2) Safehouse Bonus

Your team is awarded a 5,000 point bonus for being the first team to reach any given safehouse. This score is subject to the Team Survival Modifier (see more below). This bonus is awarded once per chapter.


3) Zombie Kill Bonus

Your team can earn up to 2,500 bonus points each day for killing zombies. Kill zombies by tracking exercise in the UtiliFIT tracker and/or by playing UtiliFIT Deskercise games. Each individual team member can contribute to the daily Zombie Kill Bonus proportionately.

For example, on a 10 person team, each member can earn up to 250 points of the Zombie Kill Bonus for the team daily.

4) Team Survival Modifier

The points that your team earns from both Steps and Safehouse Bonus are multiplied by the Team Survival Modifier, or the percentage of your starting team that is still human.

For example, if your team started with 10 members and you’ve lost 1 member to the Horde, the points your team earns from Steps and Safehouse Bonus will be multiplied by a Team Survival Modifier of 90%.

How do I check the score?

To check the score, click on the SCORE icon on the A Step Ahead: Zombies game board. On the scorecard, you can view a detailed breakdown of your team or other teams, as well as select time periods by day, chapter and episode.

Simply use the LEFT/RIGHT arrows on the scorecard to switch dates, teams, chapters etc.

Can I become human again if I turn into a zombie?

Yes! As a zombie, if you maintain full health (5 hearts) for 5 consecutive days you will fight off the zombie virus and return to your human team.


How to regain/maintain health

To regain or maintain the maximum health needed to return to your human team, track healthy Diet and/or Lifestyle items in the UtiliFIT Tracker.

How returning to your human team affects steps and scoring

Your steps and activity only benefit the team you’re currently on. If you switch sides, the steps and points you accrued while on the other side remain on that side, and any new steps and points you accrue are credited to your current team.

What happens if my human team gets caught by the zombies?

If you are playing on a human team and your team ends the day in contact with the Zombie Horde, a human vs. zombie clash will ensue.

Human vs. Zombie Clashes

A human vs. zombie clash outcome is determined by comparing the clash strength of the human team and the Zombie Horde. Whichever group has the greater clash strength will win the clash. If you look at the A Step Ahead: Zombies game board, simply compare your team’s clash strength meter to the zombie horde clash strength meter to see who will win in a clash.

If your team wins a clash against the zombies…

If your team wins a clash against the Zombie Horde, you’ll push the zombies backward, making staying ahead of the horde easier the next day. Note that your character still takes health damage even if your team wins the clash. The amount of health damage is shown on the game board by the horde’s ferocity rating, which has one zombie claw for each health heart your character has.

If your team loses a clash against the zombies…

If your team loses a clash against the Zombie Horde, the zombies will surge forward and you’ll have to go through them in order to escape the next day. As noted above, your character will take health damage based upon the horde’s ferocity rating.


Becoming sick and turning into a zombie

If your character’s health is reduced to zero as a result of a clash, you will become sick with the zombie virus. If you become sick, you have one day to track some healthy diet and/or lifestyle items to recover some of your lost health or you will turn into a zombie the following day. Note that if the horde’s ferocity is at its maximum, you may need to recover health AND escape the horde the following day in order to avoid being turned.

What do I need to do to participate?


A Step Ahead: Zombies only requires that you enter your steps every day during the challenge, however you’ll greatly increase your odds of success/victory if you also track diet and exercise, and play UtiliFIT Deskercise mini-games.

What are the basics of gameplay?

1) Your steps move you and your team across the game board.


In A Step Ahead: Zombies you play as either a human team running from the Zombie Horde, or as a member of the Zombie Horde chasing the human players to try to convert them to zombies. Your real-world steps move you and your team across the game board, regardless of whether you are playing as a human or as a zombie.


2) Humans can be converted into zombies.


If you are a human and the zombies catch your team, you can be turned into a zombie and your steps will then count toward making the zombie horde faster. If you turn into a zombie, your new goal is to chase down and turn all of the remaining humans in the challenge into zombies too.


3) Each week is a race to a new safehouse.


There is a big point bonus for being the first team to reach any given safehouse. Once inside, human teams are safe from the Zombie Horde, so both humans and zombies have good reason to want to reach each safehouse first!


4) Tracking diet and exercise are optional, but help you succeed/win.


The only thing you must do to participate is record your steps each day of the challenge, however you will increase your odds of success by tracking diet and exercise, which affect your character’s health and strength, respectively.

What is A Step Ahead: Zombies?

A Step Ahead: Zombies

A Step Ahead: Zombies is an interactive walking challenge where your real-world steps move you and your team across a virtual game board where you’re being chased by zombies.

If the zombies catch your team, you can be turned into a zombie and your steps will then count toward making the zombie horde faster. If you turn into a zombie, your new goal is to chase down and turn all of the remaining humans in the challenge into zombies too.

Business and technology magazine, Fast Company, published a feature article on A Step Ahead: Zombies. The article covers some good info on the wellness market, why games could be a “game changer” in wellness, and even hints at some things to come. Read the full article at the link below:

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