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Best Physically Active 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: 1997 - 2022
Total Games: 65
Total Likes: 589
 

 

Wii Sports (Series)

Release Date: 08/02/2006, updated in 2014

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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...

Bounden

Release Date: 21/05/2014

Platforms: Android and iOS

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.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, MarioKart Home Circuit) is a kart racing game with a difference. You play on the Switch but use it to control a real life Mario kart that races around...

Just Dance 2022 (Series)

Release Date: 17/11/2009, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

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....

Pac-Man Geo

Release Date: 14/10/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Pac-Man Geo combines the classic pill-collecting arcade game with the real world. Unlike Pokemon Go, you don't run around outside, but use real world locations to make the mazes around which you are chased by ghosts.

Lego Super Mario

Release Date: 01/08/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Lego Super Mario is a running and jumping game you play in the real world with an electronic Mario toy. A series of Lego sets provide special bricks that the Mario toy can detect. The timer starts as you move the toy through the level and trigger...

Nintendo Labo

Release Date: 27/04/2018

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Nintendo Labo is a game themed around physical folding, colouring and cutting. 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 wheels, fishing rods,...

1-2-Switch

Release Date: 02/03/2017

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

1-2-Switch is a series of party games that use the Switch Joy-Con controllers in imaginative and unusual ways. Although it looks like a novelty, the focus on physical motion and activity rather than just what's on the screen makes this surprisingly...

Lego Hidden Side

Release Date: 18/08/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Lego Hidden side is an adventure game you play by building physical Lego kits and then interacting with them via an augmented reality app on your Smartphone. After building, when you put the kits on the camera they come to life on the screen, offering...

Runbit

Release Date: 27/01/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

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...

Arms

Release Date: 16/06/2017

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Arms is a fighting game where you brawl other players with your abnormally long arms. The play is simple with motion and button controls to move around and attack the enemy player in a boxing-style arena. It's like Wii-Sports Boxing but with many more...

Fling Smash

Release Date: 07/11/2010

Platforms: Wii

Fling Smash is an action-throwing game where you direct a ball-shaped hero by flicking the controller.

Joust Mania

Release Date: 11/06/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and PS4

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

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,...

Ring Fit Adventure

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: Switch

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.

Zombies, Run

Release Date: 27/02/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Zombie 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.

The Gunstringer

Release Date: 13/11/2011

Platforms: Xbox 360

The Gunstringer is an Xbox Kinect camera game where you use your body to control a cowboy puppet and shoot the villains by forming a gun with your fingers. You can play with two people working together, with one player controlling the character’s...

Wii Fit (Series)

Release Date: 25/04/2008

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

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...

Beasts of Balance

Release Date: 01/11/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Beasts of Balance comes with beautifully sculpted physical toys that interact with your iPad to create and nurture creatures in a magical land. You place a toy creature on the plinth provided and it appears in the game. Balance another creature on top...

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!

Release Date: 04/05/2020

Platforms: iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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...

Run Legends

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Run Legends is an adventure game, where you run in the real world to collect potions from different locations. You work with friends to find and collect the most potions. Players become part of the Potato Rescue Squad, collecting potions and fight giant...

Boom Blox (Series)

Release Date: 06/05/2008, updated in 2009

Platforms: Wii

Boom Blox is a puzzle game on the Wii, designed by Steven Spielberg, where motion controls are used to direct projectiles at towers in surprisingly accurate and engaging ways. This extends beyond Jenga-style play to offer physics-based puzzles where you...

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,...

Jump Rope Challenge

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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.

Kinect Sports (Series)

Release Date: 03/11/2010, updated in 2014

Platforms: Xbox One

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.

Orna

Release Date: 17/06/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

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,...

Run An Empire

Release Date: 22/08/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

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...

The Walk

Release Date: 11/12/2013

Platforms: Android and iOS

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.

Champions of the Shenga

Release Date: 18/07/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

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...

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

Release Date: 15/10/2014

Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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...

Fru

Release Date: 29/06/2016

Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Fru 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...

Stride: Walk, Run, Capture

Release Date: 20/08/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Stride: Walk, Run, Capture is a strategy game played by walking and running in your local area. However, this isn't played for the fastest time or longest run. Here you need to complete routes that enable you to claim the territory you visit.

Grand Slam Tennis (Series)

Release Date: 08/06/2009, updated in 2009

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

Grand Slam Tennis is a tennis game. You choose one of the 23 real tennis players or create your own. You can play either singles or doubles. Unlike other tennis games, this focuses on hitting the ball with a gesture via the Wii Remote. This extends the...

Ingress Prime

Release Date: 14/12/2013

Platforms: Android and iOS

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...

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Release Date: 23/11/2011, updated in 2021

Platforms: Switch, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is an adventure game in the Zelda series. You play Link and navigate the floating island of Skyloft before diving down to the land below it. While the island locations and flight drew from Wind Waker, the combat and...

Traffic Jams

Release Date: 08/04/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: Oculus, PC, PS4 and PS5

Traffic Jams is a puzzle party game where you direct traffic in VR using just hand gestures. It looks like a Pixar movie when you put the headset on, but the fun here is controlling the chaos (or often not controlling it). Along with the single-player...

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.

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Super Monkey Ball is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey...

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

Release Date: 06/11/2007, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Switch, Wii and Wii U

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.

DropMix

Release Date: 05/12/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Board and Cards

DropMix is a fast-paced music-mixing game. You combine loops of well known music from a wide range of genres by placing physical cards on the DropMix peripheral. Each card you place combines with those already in play to create an automatically...

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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