A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn the basics of fitness and nutrition due to the various tips and tutorials scattered through the game. Players are walked through exercises with animated figures on screen to help them learn how to perform the exercises properly, although players can do the bare minimum to still get a positive effect. Players are also walked through beginning and ending stretch sessions, and receive tips on nutrition, fitness, and avoiding injury. All of this is wrapped in an adventure designed to motivate and push players to establish a healthy exercise routine.
Players experience a standard good versus evil story with a clever twist – you're trying to seal up an enemy that has escaped imprisonment and could potentially harm other people. But instead of trying to hurt or kill the main villain, you're trying to show him the error of his ways. Players are also frequently cheered on by your partner, and receive positive messages constantly while you’re exploring or fighting monsters.
Positive Role Models
Players are their own character, and are trying their best to exercise and help other people. Ring is your constant companion, cheering you on and giving you info about what to pay attention to in the environment. You also get instructional assistance from Tipp, who demonstrates moves for you. Other characters you meet try to help you learn new abilities or gain new items, even if you have to save them frequently.
Ease of Play
The game's relatively easy to pick up and play, and there's always instruction about how to perform exercises or activities. Players can sometimes do the minimum amount of action and still get a good result, and the challenge comes in how intense of a workout you choose to engage in. Gamers can also vary up their exercises at any time to give extra work to different parts of their body.
Violence & Scariness
Players will come into conflict with various monsters and the boss, Dragaux at certain moments, and will engage in battles using various exercises to defeat monsters. No blood or gore's shown, and monsters disappear when defeated.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ring Fit Adventure is a fitness adventure game exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Players explore a large world, attempting to save the land from a giant monster that's escaped from a magical prison. During the adventure mode, players will fight and defeat enemies by using exercises to trigger attacks against creatures. No blood or gore's shown, and these opponents fly away or disappear when defeated. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game. Parents should also know that the title focuses on building and maintaining regular exercise habits, and provides multiple mini-games, modes, and options for players to get into a routine of working out to support and improve their health. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Ring Fit Adventure.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.