There are a lot of great virtual reality fitness games to choose from, and a surprising number of them are based upon boxing. These range from realistic simulations to arcade titles and rhythm games, so it’s not easy to recommend one for everyone. Browsing the list of boxing titles on Steam can simply be overwhelming, so we here at VR Fitness Insider have come up with a list of the best boxing VR fitness games so everyone can find one they like. These all provide a great arm workout and are a lot of fun.
If you’re looking for even more types of fitness games, check out our lists of the top 25 VR fitness games, and our headset specific lists for HTC Vive, Valve Index, PlayStation VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, and Windows Mixed Reality.
What’s the Best Boxing VR Title For You?
Costing less than a dollar to purchase, Box:Boxing is a budget title that offers a no-frills boxing experience. You’re able to box against A.I. opponents or online against other players if you can convince a buddy to buy it. There are far better alternatives and no real reason to pick this up unless you want to spend a buck and check out something new.
Box:Boxing is available now on Valve Index, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift for $0.99.
One of VR’s best fitness games and a great take on boxercise is BoxVR. More than just an arm workout, it features a wide range of exercises that also use your legs and core designed by fitness experts. The game has received great support ever since it released adding in multiplayer classes, hours of new music, and even more workouts. It recently received some excellent paid DLC packs. If you’re serious about fitness and just want to get in shape, this is our top recommendation.
BoxVR has been given a fitness rating comparable to tennis by the VR Institute of Health and Exercise. It won VR Fitness Insider’s Best VR Cardio Fitness Game of the Year in 2018 and our Best VR Fitness Game of the Year in 2019. It is currently available on Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality, and PlayStation VR for $29.99.
Creed: Rise to Glory
Those looking for something more competitive and full of dramatic flair will want to check out Creed: Rise to Glory. This boxing title is based off the popular film series and offers up one of the most intense workouts in all of VR. Not only can you mix it up with other players online, but there’s a great campaign mode that will have you living out the career of Adonis Creed and going up against larger than life boxers. While it’s not the most realistic title and enjoys some over the top flair, it does reward players for using proper technique such as slipping and dodging punches.
Creed: Rise to Glory has been given a fitness rating comparable to tennis by the VR Institute of Health and Exercise. It won our Best VR Boxing Fitness Game of the Year in 2018 and is currently available on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and Oculus Quest for $29.99.
Fight Ball VR
A popular boxing workout is using a reflex ball that is attached to your head. The aim is to constantly punch it and then moving so you can hit it again. While it seems pretty simple in theory, it winds up being a tough test of reflexes. Fight Ball VR delivers a similar experience without a ball flying at your face. It’s a cheap fitness app that is worth checking out, and if you dig it you can buy an actual reflex ball kit.
Fight Ball VR is available for Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality for $4.99.
Those wanting a quality arcade experience that doesn’t take itself too seriously will want to look into Knockout League. While it’s based upon Nintendo’s Punch-Out! series, it still manages to pack quite the punch and offers up a great workout. It’s always fun, though, as players battle against wild enemies like a boxing octopus. It’s a rare title that is great for both casual and hardcore fitness enthusiasts and those really wanting a tough workout should check out the in-game training alley as the mini-games are quite a challenge.
Knockout League is available now on Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality, and PlayStation VR for $19.99. It has been given a fitness rating comparable to rowing by the VR Institute of Health and Exercise.
Mech League Boxing
If you’re looking for some chaotic fun and something more ridiculous in nature then Mech League Boxing is worth checking out. This arcade title has players boxing against robots. It’s not the most faithful game to the “sweet science,” though, as weapons are also used. It’ll deliver a pretty great workout as well at a cheap price.
Mech League Boxing is available on Valve Index, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift for $8.99
Punch Pad Workout
Punch Pad Workout is part boxing workout and a game about memorization. Players have to hit combinations as they’re called out and the faster they do it, the higher points they score. Featuring leaderboards and four modes, it offers up a surprising amount of replay value for a title that is on the simple side. While not a great all-around workout, this is a good supplement to other titles.
Punch Pad Workout is available on Valve Index and HTC Vive for $9.99.
Another rhythm game built around punching is Soundboxing, which allows players to use YouTube videos instead of a default soudntrack. This gives it an unmatched amount of variety when it comes to music. It’s a solid arm workout too and there are leaderboards that will keep competitive players coming back for more.
Soundboxing is available now on Valve Index, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift for $15.99. It has been given a fitness rating comparable to tennis by the VR Institute of Health and Exercise.
The Thrill of the Fight
You won’t find a more realistic boxing VR fitness game than The Thrill of the Fight. Anyone wanting to actually learn some boxing techniques and get a taste of the training boxers experience will get all of that here. It rewards players that learn to effectively control distance with their jab and circle out of the way of their opponent’s flurries.
The Thrill of the Fight has been given a fitness rating comparable to rowing by the VR Institute of Health and Exercise. It won our Best VR Sport SIM Fitness Game of the Year in 2017 and our Best Boxing VR Fitness Game of the Year in 2019. It’s currently available on Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, and Oculus Quest for $9.99.
Virtual Boxing League
Virtual Boxing League is a fun cardio workout and a solid simulation, albeit one that isn’t as realistic as The Thrill of the Fight. What works in its favor is that it offers up a ton of different mini games and it has a different feel to it. Mini games include the ability to work a body bag and even its own rhthym title called Ball Blaster. With a ton of content, it can wind up being a one-stop shop for all your boxing needs even if it isn’t the best at any one category.
Virtual Boxing League is available on Valve Index, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift for $19.99.
That does it for VR Fitness Insider’s list of the top boxing VR fitness games. With such a wide variety available, there should be one that fits every person’s individual needs.