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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 integrate 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. This list includes 31 games from the last 18 years, with 281 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to exercise without realising it.
Release Date: 08/02/2006, updated in 2014
Out Now: Wii and Wii U
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports Club offer motion-controlled sports. Although these games are well known, the depth each of them offers is a best-kept secret. Games like bowling, tennis and boxing are easy to pick up but require...
Release Date: 17/11/2009, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
Just Dance 2022 is part of a physically active rhythm game series. 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...
Release Date: 27/04/2018
Out Now: Switch
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
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,...
Release Date: 29/04/2022
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Switch Sports is the latest version of Wii Sports. It brings the classic motion sports game up to date with new sports and ways to play. You can compete in six sports, including Tennis, Volleyball, Golf, Football and Bowling. The novelty, as ever, is...
Release Date: 06/07/2016
Out Now: Android and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On, Open World and Persistant World
Pokemon Go! is a game you play by walking around in the real world. You play on a smartphone and 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.
Release Date: 06/11/2007, updated in 2019
Out Now: 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.
Release Date: 12/06/2020
Components: 2D Side-On and Text
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...
Release Date: 08/12/2022
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
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. Play combines aspect of Twister and Silent Discos to create a game that's both approachable and fun. It's...
Release Date: 21/05/2014
Bounden is a smartphone dance game that gets players to use their bodies. Two people hold opposite ends of one smartphone and then move together to keep a cursor over the ball.
Release Date: 04/11/2010
Out Now: Oculus, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
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...
Release Date: 31/10/2021
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.
Release Date: 18/10/2019
Components: 2D Overhead
Ring Fit Adventure 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...
Release Date: 16/06/2017
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...
Release Date: 27/01/2018
Components: 2D Side-On and Open World
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...
Release Date: 18/05/2023
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Run Legends is a battle game that gets you fit. You run and walk in the real world to collect energy for a video game adventure. You play by moving and exercising to collect energy and unleash attacks and special skills. It's a novel approach to playful...
Release Date: 27/02/2012, updated in 2019
Zombies, Run is a combination of a 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.
Release Date: 11/06/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3 and PS4
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Joust Mania is a movement-sensitive game of tag that 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...
Release Date: 25/04/2008
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...
Release Date: 28/02/2015
Out Now: 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...
Release Date: 11/12/2013
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.
Release Date: 09/12/2016
Deep Time Walk is a physically-active narrative 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...
Release Date: 15/10/2014
Out Now: Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved 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...
Release Date: 29/06/2016
Components: 2D Side-On and Dice
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...
Release Date: 15/06/2020
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.
Release Date: 03/11/2010, updated in 2014
Out Now: 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.
Release Date: 17/06/2019
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,...
Release Date: 22/08/2016
Run an Empire is a combination of real-world running and a strategy game where you battle other players for land and resources. Once set up you run around your neighbourhood, which in the game is divided into small hexagons. As you encircle areas in the...
Release Date: 18/07/2017
Champions of the 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...
Release Date: 17/06/2011, updated in 2011
Out Now: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
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.
Release Date: 20/08/2020, updated in 2021
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.
Release Date: 14/12/2013
Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Persistant World
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, and civic and historic buildings in your real world.