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If you're in the UK, you'll probably associate Haynes Manuals more with teaching your Dad how to change the oil filter on a 1986 Ford Fiesta than how to survive a zombie apocalypse. If you're a bit more clued up on their more recent offerings, you might know that they've released versions of their iconic manuals on everything from the USS Enterprise and Millennium Falcon to Teenagers and, inexplicably, Men's Pies. And yes, they've also released a printed manual on How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. Well now they've gone full digital with a free app-based version of their best-selling survival manual, so in the event of a zombie apocalypse you can have all the information to keep you alive in the palm of your hand. At least until your battery dies. Read on for the official info.

With The Walking Dead returning to our screens and Halloween – the day of the dead – having passed just days ago, Haynes has launched a new zombie app to help fans of the genre ensure they have the right survival skills should these two events have seen the zombie apocalypse become reality.

Based on the best-selling Haynes Zombie Survival Manual by Sean T Page, the Zombie Survival App is available to download for free from the iOS App Store. It takes the manual’s hugely popular content and reformats it into the concept of persona types with corresponding survival techniques and the function to unlock other detailed crucial information. Importantly, it also educates the user in how to spot a zombie and signs to look out for.

With users being given the option to pick one of three survivor profiles – scientist, fighter or forager, they are then equipped with the tools to survive a zombie attack by navigating a series of chapters to understand more about the living dead. Wannabe survivalists can also test their knowledge by challenging themselves to various quizzes at the end of each chapter to receive rewards. On completing all chapters, users receive their official license to deal with the walking dead.

Capturing the imagination of Zombie fans, the survival techniques featured in the app are provided by Sean T Page, who runs the website Ministry of Zombies to raise awareness of the zombie threat. In addition to the Zombie Survival Manual and the Alien Invasion Survival Manual from Haynes, Sean has also written The Official Zombie Handbook UK and War Against the Walking Dead.

Andrew Golby, Global Digital Director at Haynes Publishing, commented: “This new app is an exciting venture for Haynes, and the result of a collaboration between Haynes and author Sean T Page.

It also brings a new twist on our very rich heritage and reputation as the brand everyone trusts for practical information, ensuring that people are equipped with the essential low-down on how to survive the walking dead.”

The Zombie Survival app is available from 2nd November 2016

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