There are lots of games that help you exercise and stay fit. We've pulled together a list of the best of these; games that don't just incentivise activity with on-screen rewards but that integrated the workout into the gameplay. We all know about Wii Sports but there are so many other ways that video games can help you stay healthy and active while you can't get out as much.
Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
GPS Pong is a game of retro pong played in the real world by running and walking to move your bat. Once you have set up the game on two smartphones you specify how much space you have and then move to position your bat to return the virtual ball to the...
Platforms: Android and iOS
Genres: Physically Active and Puzzle
Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.
Costs: Purchase cost.
Bounden is a smartphone dance game that gets players to use their bodies. Two people hold opposite ends of one smartphone then move together to keep a cursor over the ball.
Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Physically Active and Platform
Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.
This is a platform game with a twist. One player uses a controller to run and jump around the level; a second player stands in front of the Xbox Kinect camera and appears on the screen in silhouette. This person must use the outline of their body to...
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Web Browser, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 6 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 64 players online.
Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.
Dancing in front of each other isn’t something we often do in families. Just Dance is released with new songs and features each year. It gets parents, carers, children and even grandparents off the couch and dancing along with the on-screen moves....
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
Genres: Action, Physically Active and Rhythm
Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.
Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.
Fantasia is an Xbox Kinect camera dancing game using your whole body. Its narrative follows Disney’s Fantasia film as you take a musical journey to earn your sorcerer’s hat. Sweeping your arms to trigger the orchestra, pointing out high notes with...
Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.
Players: This is a single player game.
Wii Fit is a collection of games designed to help you exercise. They use the Wii Balance Board peripheral that works with both Wii Fit on the Wii and Wii Fit Plus on the Wii U. The Balance Board measures the pressure you place on it and enables a range...
Run An Empire
Genres: Action, Adventure, Physically Active and Strategy
Duration: Between 15 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.
Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.
Run an Empire is a combination of real-world running and a strategy game where you battle other players for land and resources. Once setup you run around your neighbourhood, which in the game is divided into small hexagons. As you encircle areas in the...
Genres: Action, Open World and Physically Active
Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.
Runbit (and its sister app Map Hunt) is a treasure hunt game you play by running or walking in the real world. As you run a map is displayed of your area with stars to collect on pavements, moving monsters to outwit and avoid and moving animals to track...
Genres: Adventure, Physically Active, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy
Duration: Between 45 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 1000 players online.
Ingress (also known as Ingress Prime) is an adventure game that uses your smartphone's GPS to locate you in a game world that correlates with reality. You interact with virtual "portals" located near statues, monuments, civic and historic buildings in...
Jump Rope Challenge
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Genres: Action and Rhythm
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.
Jump Rope Challenge is a virtual skipping game where you hold the Switch controllers like rope handles and skip. The game displays an on-screen counter and you can play with another person at the same time as you compete for a high score.
Deep Time Walk
Genres: Narrative, Open World and Physically Active
Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 3 hours to complete.
Deep Time Walk is a game where you go for a walk as you listen to a history of the Earth that's tied to each step. The game calculates your speed and distance to match your real-world progress and translates it to a journey across 4.6bn years of time,...
Child of Eden
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Physically Active, Rhythm and Shooting
Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.
Child of Eden is a dance and motion game that uses the Xbox Kinect camera. You use your body to shoot and move. Rather than fruit, however, here it’s beautiful firework-style visuals and music that are the challenge.
Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle
Duration: Between 12 hours and 13 hours to complete.
Nintendo Labo is another game themed around physical folding, colouring and cutting. Here, though, you get a cardboard pack with the game that folds up to make objects into which you slot the screen and controllers. Whether it’s cardboard steering...
Genres: Action, Fighting, Physically Active, Racing and Sports
Duration: Between 10 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.
Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports Club offer motion-controlled sports. Although these games are well known, the depth each of them offer is a best-kept secret. Games like bowling, tennis and boxing are easy to pick up but require considerable...
Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
Genres: Action, Fighting and Physically Active
Players: You can play with 16 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
This movement-sensitive game of tag is played in the real world, holding PlayStation Move motion controllers. First appearing as one of the games in the Sportsfriends pack, and then evolving as Joust Mania with more modes and up to 16 players, it’s an...
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Physically Active and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 70 hours and 140 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 20 players online.
Pokémon Go is a game you play by walking outside. You play on a smartphone so it can use the GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear as if they are in the player's real-world location.
Ring Fit Adventure
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Physically Active
This is a running and jumping adventure game with a difference. You control your character with the circular plastic Ring-Con in your hands and Leg-Strap on your leg. The game can then tell how much you are moving and relate that to progress in the game.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.
Champions of Shenga
Genres: Fighting and Strategy
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 2 players online.
Champions of Shenga is a fantasy card-battling game. You assemble a deck of creatures, equipment and spells in order to compete, but play is regulated via a special heart rate monitor designed to help players track and master their emotions while...
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Physically Active
Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.
Zombies Run is a combination of fitness app, radio play and zombie game. You choose the distance on the app, run in the real world and the narrative plays in your headphones.
Genres: Adventure, Physically Active, Role-Playing, Simulation and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 15 minutes and half an hour to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 6 players online.
Orna: The GPS RPG, as its longer name suggests, is a combination of role-playing adventure and real-world (geocache-style) treasure hunt. You select a character at the start of the game, and head out on a walk. As you do you can encounter creatures,...
Platforms: Xbox One
Genres: Action, Physically Active, Racing and Sports
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.
Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports Rivals are a pair of games offering the Xbox equivalent of Wii Sports. Although these games use the Xbox Kinect camera so you simply move in front of the screen to control the different activities.
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Physically Active
The Walk is an adventure you play by walking in the real world. A device detonates in Inverness station, and you have a package that could save the world. To stay alive, you’ll need to walk the length of the UK.
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