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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.

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Era: 1997 - 2021
Total Games: 57
Total Likes: 425
 

 

Wii Sports (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 4-14 year-olds

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

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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...

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Price: 25% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Velan Ventures (@VelanVentures)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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...

Traffic Jams

Content Rating: PEGI 7

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

Platforms: Oculus, PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Vertigo Games (@VertigoGames)

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

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...

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/11/2011

Platforms: Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Role-Playing and Stealth

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Just Dance 2021 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

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

Price: 67% off

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

Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 64 players online

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....

Pokemon Go!

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/07/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Physically Active and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Niantic Labs (@NianticLabs)

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.

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

Price: 60% off

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

Genres: Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Super Monkey Ball (@SuperMonkeyBall)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

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

Price: 5% off

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

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Developer: Sega (@Sega)

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.

Nintendo Labo

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 27/04/2018

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single player game

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,...

Runbit

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 27/01/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Physically Active

Developer: Sdrstrm (@Sdrstrm)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Lego Hidden Side

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/08/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Physically Active, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: Lego (@Lego)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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...

Lego Super Mario

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/08/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Platform

Developer: Lego (@Lego)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Anki Overdrive

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 28/05/2010

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Racing

Developer: Digital Dream Lab (@DigitalDreamLab)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Anki Overdrive is a physical slot-car racing game you control with your smartphone. The cars are intelligent and follow the track so you can focus on steering them round the best racing line and triggering virtual weapons. Although discontinued,...

Bounden

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/05/2014

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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.

Dance Central

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

Release Date: 04/11/2010

Platforms: Oculus, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Rhythm and Sports

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Harmonix (@Harmonix)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Dance Central is a dancing rhythm game you play by moving your body in front of the Xbox Kinect camera. The focus on full body movement celebrates accurate, well-timed and energetic moves. As opposed to Just Dance's rough choreography, Dance Central...

Gogogo!

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/06/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Gogogo The Game (@GogogoTheGame)

Players: You can play with 16 players in the same room

Gogogo! is a puzzle party game where friends and family compete in clever skill and knowledge challenges revolving around their smartphones. There are memory games, reaction games, word puzzles, challenges where you spin on the spot or tap a dot on your...

Joust Mania

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/06/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Fighting and Physically Active

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Ad Angert (@AdAngert)

Players: You can play with 16 players in the same room

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...

Mario Tennis Aces (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2000, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in the series of tennis game. These games recreate a relatively traditional game of tennis, although you play as Nintendo characters who each have special moves and powers.

Ring Fit Adventure

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Physically Active

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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

Content Rating: PEGI 12

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

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Physically Active

Developer: Six To Start (@SixToStart)

Players: This is a single player game

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.

DropMix

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 05/12/2017

Price: 85% off

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Physically Active and Rhythm

Developer: Harmonix (@Harmonix)

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

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...

MoonLite

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Physically Active

Developer: Moonlite World (@MoonliteWorld)

Players: This is a single player game

Moonlite is a narrative experience for small children. It combines traditional storybooks with your smartphone light to create projected pictures with sounds and interactions.

Playne

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 22/06/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Physically Active and Simulation

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Playne (@Playne)

Players: This is a single player game

Playne is a narrative-driven meditation game that helps you build daily meditation habits. With each meditation session, Playne's story begins to unfold and the life on your island begins to grow providing you with more environments to meditate in.

Secret Shuffle

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: You can play with 60 players in the same room

Secret Shuffle is a rhythm game where up to 60 players dance to music and have to try and spot who is listening to the same track as they are. It's unusual because the action happens in the room rather than on the screen, but the app is essential for...

Spaceteam (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/12/2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Hengineer (@Hengineer)

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

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’,...

Tori

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Developer: Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS)

Players: This is a single player game

Tori combines physical and virtual play. The game comes with toys that you place on a play surface to control the game’s spaceships and catapults. Children can also create and colour their own cardboard versions of the toys and use them to control the...

1-2-Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 2-9 year-olds

Release Date: 02/03/2017

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Active Arcade

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 31/10/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Nix Company (@NixCompany)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

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.

Here Kitty!

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Impending (@Impending)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Boom Blox (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

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

Price: 57% off

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Physically Active, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: EA DICE (@EA_DICE)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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...

Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/04/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Resolution Game (@ResolutionGame)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Cook-Out is a strategy game where you are preparing food in a restaurant kitchen. Like Overcooked, you need to make the different dishes, wash up and serve customers. Unliked Overcooked, you aren't pressing buttons but performing the cutting, brushing,...

Fingle

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

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

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

GPS Pong

Release Date: 28/02/2015

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Kinect Sports (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

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

Platforms: Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Rare Ltd (@RareLtd)

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.

Orna

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 17/06/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Physically Active, Role-Playing, Simulation and Turn-Based

Developer: Odie RPG (@OdieRPG)

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,...

Pikmin Bloom

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 27/10/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World, Physically Active, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: Niantic Labs (@NianticLabs)

Players: This is a single player game

Pikmin Bloom is an adventure strategy game you play by walking outside, like Pokemon Go. You explore your locale to find and recruit colourful Pikmin creatures with different abilities that can be used to complete in-game tasks.

Rez Infinite (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/01/2002, updated in 2020

Price: 70% off

Platforms: Android, Oculus, PC, PS2, PS4 and Xbox 360

Genres: Physically Active, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Mizuguchitter (@Mizuguchitter)

Players: This is a single player game

Rez is a shooting game where you fire musical energy rather than bullets. As you guide a figure through the darkness of space you bring down enemies in time with the music. Rez is novel for its use of music and vibration feedback to create a sense of...

Run An Empire

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 22/08/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Physically Active and Strategy

Developer: PAN studio (@PAN_studio)

Players: This is a single player game

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 Gunstringer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 13/11/2011

Platforms: Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Narrative, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle and Shooting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Twisted pixel (@Twisted_pixel)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

The Walk

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 11/12/2013

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Physically Active

Developer: Six To Start (@SixToStart)

Players: This is a single player game

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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