Zombies come alive in computer game re-enactment

The game will pit actors dressed as zombies against 'uninfected' humans. Picture: PHA Media
The game will pit actors dressed as zombies against 'uninfected' humans. Picture: PHA Media
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EVER fancied running the gauntlet against a horde of flesh-eating zombies hell-bent on a late-night snack?

Well – if that floats your boat – now you can find out when a horrifying pandemic strikes the Capital next month.

Parts of the city will go into lock-down when computer zombie games like Resident Evil and The Last of Us are vividly brought to life by a team of actors.

The real-life zombie franchise 2.8 Hours will be pitting teams of people against marauding zombies.

Participants taking part in the over-18s only Edinburgh game will have to solve complex tasks in as yet undisclosed “spooky” city centre locations.

Simon Evans, who co-founded the game, said zombie chase challenges are having “a moment”.

“We are delighted to be returning to Edinburgh for a second year,” he said. “The game was received so enthusiastically last year and we hope to make it even more successful this year.

“It’s incredible to see our players become totally immersed in the narrative, and they seem to love the adrenaline kick they get from playing the game.

“The lines between reality and game are constantly blurred and broken, and hearts genuinely do get pumping and minds start racing.”

The game begins in the relative safety of the “asylum”, after which players must collect essential supplies from the city.

Played by actors in full costume and make-up, the zombies try to catch participants by marking them with invisible ink.

In this version, players must also be wary of the police and other government authorities who are trying to quarantine civilians to stem the flow of infection.

The psychological pressure is increased further as players are confronted by puzzles to solve, tasks to complete and choices to make.

Director James Wheale said people are attracted to the game because it gives them a chance to reclaim public space for play. “There is sense of child-like wonder in running through a city,” he added.

The infection is set to strike Edinburgh on May 23, with similar outbreaks on May 24, May 30 and May 31.

The aim is for players to make it back with their tasks completed and without being infected. An ultraviolet light is used to scan for ink marks and all players infected are turned in to zombies ahead of the “zombie disco”.

The game took place in Leith last time. Location scouts for the franchise visited the city this week to seek out new settings.

Mr Evans added: “It’s a totally unique activity and a great way to have fun. You basically become a character in your own horror film or video game.”