Get ready to burn some calories and get a solid workout with this surprisingly deep adventure game that will motivate you to enjoy your gaming and your exercise together. Ring Fit Adventure turns the activity of working out into an engaging fantasy tale where players attempt to defeat a muscle-bound dragon named Dragaux in his quest to conquer a world. With the help of two peripherals (a leg strap and a resistance band called a Ring-Con), players will jog or run in place, collecting coins by pulling on the ring to vacuum up objects or pushing in to propel a blast of air at their target. But the true workout comes when you fight the monsters scattered across each level. Based on the resistance level that you set, and the moves that you've chosen as "attacks," you'll have to perform and hold each exercise for a number of reps. In effect, players are performing a High Intensity Interval Training circuit, where you'll go through a range of motion in a short period of time. And don't worry -- a helpful trainer's always onscreen to show you how to do that yoga pose or exercise you don't know, and cheer you on while doing it. The end result is regardless of your fitness level, you'll quickly work up a sweat and have fun doing it, without having to work for an hour or more. Plus, you might be surprised at how sore you'll feel the following day, and how much you'll like diving back in to level up your character (or get "gains").
Ring Fit also promotes interest in exercise with a clever addition of Multi-Task Mode, where players can squeeze the ring up to 500 times a day when the Switch is turned off to earn coins and bonus items for your next workout. That encourages players to even get some arm or leg work in while they're doing something else, like watching TV. What's more, if you're not interested in a full session, you can launch one of the mini-games to test your skills (and at the same time, get practice for when these activities show up in the Adventure mode). All this being said, Ring Fit isn’t perfect – the leg strap tends to slide on your leg repeatedly during long sessions or active exercises when you're exerting yourself. Ironically, the other issue with Ring Fit is that you don't have to do a full range of motion to still get good results on many levels. It's possible to do slighter moves, particularly with the leaning poses for some mini-games, and still ace those activities with the least amount of effort. But these are minor issues for a game that manages to get you off your seat and onto your feet, getting a great workout and motivating you to come back for more the next day.