The 9 Best VR Workout Games

Combine gaming with your workout for a killer session

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Face it, working out at home is boring and sometimes it feels like a valid enough excuse to not even bother. Maybe, just maybe, VR can help. We found a few games that can help you exercise right at home and keep you motivated.

A figure in neon blue stands behind a translucent shield in an arena.

 When you think of a workout in VR, your mind probably doesn't go to sports. That's what Sparc aims to change. This VSport puts you in a fast paced game that has you dodging, blocking, and throwing balls at your opponent. This game is available on PlayStation VROculus Rift, and HTC Vive for $29.99.

The aim of the game is to hit your opponent with balls of energy but you'll need to ricochet off of walls and use angles to your advantage if you want to get past their shield. Once you get the hang of things you'll be blocking projectiles, dodging incoming attacks and throwing your own ball. The competitive feel will definitely give you a workout for your upper body and cardio. 

What We Like:

  • Workouts are fun and fast-paced.
  • Workouts are in accessible small chunks.

What We Don't Like:

  • Not a lot of single player content.
An arrow is pointed towards a glowing blue figure inside a building.

Have you ever wanted to become Katniss Everdeen, Hawkeye, or Robin Hood? With Holopoint that's exactly what you'll be doing. 

This game has you arching at a variety of targets in waves. Things start out easy with just a few static balls that float around you, but before you know it you'll have to dodge incoming projectiles and take down enemies with your arsenal. Holopoint is available for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive for $14.99 on Steam.

What We Like:

  • Workouts are fun and intense. 
  • A scoring system lets you compete against friends.

What We Don't Like:

  • Repeated motions can make it easy to hurt your shoulders during intense levels.

 

Black boxing gloves hover in front of a figure wearing strange grey armor inside a boxing ring.

Plenty of people get out their aggression while working out, and if you fall into that category then you can punch your heart out with Knockout League. This app takes its workout seriously, and even includes a calorie counter to help you see as you burn! 

This arcade style game puts you in a 1v1 boxing match against a variety of opponents. It isn't particularly realistic, but throwing punches and dodging jabs will get your heart pumping in no time flat. You can pick up Knockout League for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, or HTC Vive for $29.99. 

What We Like:

  • Fun, fast paced gameplay in an arcade style.

What We Don't Like: 

  • A steep learning curve for learning the different techniques required to knock out each opponent.
A hammer split through a red angular humanoid. Another red humanoid is in the back, surrounded by white walls.

Superhot is a unique shooter when it comes to games that will get you working up a sweat. You'll control time in order to plan out your attack, dealing with a variety of enemies and situations. 

It's fast paced game to begin with, and with trials like speed running levels it's easy to work up a sweat. There's plenty of content here between the main game, and trials to keep your heart thumping! It's available on PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality for $24.99. 

What We Like:

  • Fast paced gameplay with tons of replay value. 

What We Don't Like:

  • Trying to work out the best way to complete a level can be frustrating. 
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Team Workout: Echo Arena

Three glowing figures in space suits occupy the screen. One holds a glowing orb in their hands.

When it comes to awesome workout games that make you forget that you're actually working out, Echo Arena is one of the best. This multiplayer game puts you in Zero G where you and the other players on your team are trying to score against the enemy team. 

Echo Arena is the multiplayer version of Lone Arena, and takes the Gear VR game to a new level with an upgrade to Oculus Rift. This game is absolutely free to play, and includes support for 5v5 team matches and 15 person parties. 

What We Like: 

  • You get to workout and play with a team. 

What We Don't Like: 

  • A steep learning curve for fast paced gameplay and scoring techniques is tricky. 
A dark figure holds up a blue and orange shield against an array of colors.

Audioshield is a fast paced game that is literally based off of the music that is playing. Each note will come rushing at you, and you'll have to punch your way through them. The results are fantastic. 

AudioShield has their own tracks, or you can load up your favorite music. While you can go easy on the punches to get each note, the game will register the force you use. This means if you really start to swing, you'll score higher. It's available for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift through Steam for $19.99.

What We Like: 

  • Fast paced gameplay delivers a great cardio workout.
  • You can play to your own music library. 

What We Don't Like:

  • The notification for missing a note can block the next one, which is frustrating.
A blue and white robot attacks, while two pistols fire at it.

Raw Data takes you to a future gone very, very awry. In the future Eden Corp wanted to bring all of Mankind together. Instead they've got a building filled with murderous robots, and you'll need to mow them down in order to survive. 

There are four different characters to choose from, each with their own arsenal and play style. You can go at it by yourself, team up with a friend in co-op, or face down other players in head to head mode. This is a fast paced FPS game that will have you working up a sweat as you yell at the screen and it's available for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive for $39.99. 

What We Like: 

  • Different characters deliver different play styles. 

What We Don't Like:

  • Waves of enemies and similar levels becomes repetitive.
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Time Stopping Cardio Workout: Rom: Extraction

A number of humanoid robots race from the left side of the screen towards the right.

ROM: Extraction is an arcade shooter built with VR in mind. You'll use a variety of high tech weapons, and control over time to murder your way through waves of robots that want you dead. 

You'll have to dodge enemy attacks, and find the best way to take down waves and waves of robot enemies. With the use of time bending powers you'll also be able to trigger massive explosions to help you out. It's available for Playstation VROculus Rift, HTC Vive for $19.99. 

What We Like: 

  • Fun, fast paced gameplay. 
  • Great graphics that won't make you nauseous.

What We Don't Like: 

  • This game lacks updates and is quite short.
A six tile screen is hovering over vivid electric purple spikes in the background.

When you think of Pong it probably doesn't look like something you'd play in VR. That's where Holoball comes in. You enter the game, batting balls at a panel and attempting to score against it. 

This game looks and feels like something between Tron and the original pong. You wield a paddle as your only weapon, but depending on the difficulty, you'll definitely be working up a sweat. This game is available for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift for $14.99. 

What We Like:

  • A simple but challenging game. 
  • Fast paced action means its easy to work up a sweat. 

What We Don't Like: 

  • Game can become repetitive.