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Best Physically Active Free Games

Video games are often assumed to be sedentary pursuits. While it is true that their screen-bound nature means that many do not encourage exercise, there are some specific and popular examples that require players to engage in their physical environment.

DetailsGenre Details

Era: 2011 - 2021
Total Games: 11
Total Likes: 52
 

 

Pokemon Go!

Release Date: 06/07/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

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.

Fingle

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/12/2011, updated in 2016

Platforms: iOS

Fingle is a Twister-style physical puzzle game played on a smartphone or tablet screen with your fingers rather than limbs. Like the popular tangley board game, it plays to this physical interaction with other players. "Explore the intimate touch of...

Active Arcade

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/10/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Active Arcade is a motion controlled set of puzzle and action games. You control the action in the game by standing in front of your smartphone camera and moving your body, arms and hands.

Bam Fu

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: iOS

Bam Fu is a competitive puzzle game where you must change coloured icons to match your colour by tapping them. The novelty is that you play with up to four other people on one device. Each person competes to turn the tiles to their colour. It's an...

Joust Mania

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/06/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and PS4

Joust is a 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,...

Spaceteam (Series)

Release Date: 01/12/2012

Platforms: Android and iOS

Players pilot a spaceship, each with their own control panel on their smartphone or tablet screen. The switches, dials, sliders and levers are labelled with randomly-generated peculiar names: ‘Astral Synth’, ‘Gripvent’, ‘Starmesh’,...

GPS Pong

Release Date: 28/02/2015

Platforms: iOS

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...

Here Kitty!

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2020

Platforms: iOS

Here Kitty! is a real-world hide and seek game you play by hiding your phone. It's from the same team behind Heads Up. When the child calls out or gets near the phone makes cat noises to give them clues to find it. When it's...

Jump Rope Challenge

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Platforms: Switch

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

Release Date: 09/12/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

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,...

Frozen Frenzy (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/04/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Frozen Frenzy is a jumping/flying and swimming game. You play an ice-cube on a frozen sea and must avoid the whales, mines and other dangers. It's novel because of the risk-reward decisions you have to make if you are to collect points and survive. Each...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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