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Ring Fit Adventure

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Work up a sweat while saving the land in this fun adventure.

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

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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.

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What 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.

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What's it about?

RING FIT ADVENTURE is a large adventure game designed to get players interested in exercise and fitness. The game is actually coupled with two external peripherals – a leg strap and a Pilates resistance ring-inspired device called a Ring-Con to interact with the on-screen action. The main focus of the game is the Adventure mode, where players take on the role of themselves as they're pulled into a fantasy world to help defeat monsters and a gigantic bodybuilding dragon. To make any progress, you'll need to jog or run in place, or perform other movements with the peripherals to gather items, coins, or interact with objects. Of course, scattered across each level are monster battles, which will require players to perform leg and arm workouts, crunches, yoga poses, and more to defeat these opponents. If you don’t have the time to dive into a full workout or want something faster, you can dive into a series of mini-games to test your skills with the Ring-Con. What's more, you can use the Ring-Con away from the game in a Multi-Task Mode for the device, earning rewards for your digital hero while you watch TV or take time to recover from your adventures. Do you think you have what it takes to save the world? It's time to put down the controller, pick up the Ring-con, and get some gains!

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time. How do you balance the portions of play with Ring Fit Adventure with spending time away from a screen? Is this an okay form of screen time because you're able to exercise while you're playing, which allows you to remain active during a normally sedentary hobby?

  • Do you think that Ring Fit Adventure will change the way that you look at exercise and gaming? Have you ever used a game as a method of exercise, or a way to supplement your regular workouts?

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