Credit to: Hyperbook Studio/Blue Technology Sp. z o.o.

REGENESIS Arcade DELUXE

First, there was REGENESIS Arcade Lite, and now there’s a more beefed up DELUXE version! This version has 6 futuristic maps and 26 unlockable perks to power up weapons like guns and turrets. There are more enemies that have been added like tricky drones, skittering recon spiders, and boss fights.

Fitness Potential

This room-scale first-person shooter will have you dodging and ducking away from mechanized drones and getting steps in. Try to move around the platforms and stages for more lower body work. Skipping the shield and squatting or sidestepping will do more for your thighs and quads than using it to block will. Play the Action Arcade mode to play against waves of never-ending bad guys for the most calorie burn, steps, or fun.

Developer: Hyperbook Studio

Publisher: Blue Technology Sp. zo.o.

Release Date: December 18, 2017

Compatible with: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, with tracked controllers

Price: $8.99 to $9.99

Link: REGENESIS Arcade DELUXE

 

Shooty Fruity

As the attendant at a grocery store, it’s your job to keep waves of living fruit from attacking you and making a complete mess out of your store. There’s no stopping the mess with Shooty Fruity because you’ll be shooting fruit bits into the air and unlocking new weapons like bomb launchers and explosives in between scanning groceries and leveling up your grocery career.

Fitness Potential

Since you’ll be multitasking, shooting, and scanning groceries your heart rate will elevate but the upper body will get most of the workout. Try adding hand weights for more upper body resistance to simulate the weapons your holding. If you want to improve your lower body tone make any lulls in action fitness-friendly by squatting and holding it for a few seconds, repeating as needed.

Developer: nDreams/Near Light

Publisher: nDreams

Release Date: December 18, 2017

Compatible with: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, with tracked controllers

Price: $19.99

Link: Shooty Fruity, Shooty Fruity

 

Tooth and Claw

This early access VR game looks a lot like the backdrop of Ark when it first came out, but instead of scavenging, building, and taming prehistoric creatures, you’ll be playing as a sabertooth tiger! Traipsing around the backdrop of the Pleistocene Ice Age, you’ll be using your paws to stalk and attack other players in PvP or against AI challengers like other vicious sabertooths and bulky rhinoceros-looking beasts.  

Fitness Potential

From the look of the gameplay, paw movement is based on moving the controllers like you’re crawling but standing upright. This makes for a good upper body game and has lower body elements like squatting to hide and stalk prey or other players in the game. Use your claws to slash and kill other predators in Battle Royale and Capture the Calf for continuous replay value.

Developer: Fire-Point Interactive Inc.

Publisher: Match-Light Interactive Inc.

Release Date: December 18, 2017

Compatible with: HTC Vive, with tracked controllers

Price: $16.99 to $19.99

Link: Tooth and Claw

 

#Archery

#Archery is back and has added more games to their inventive and hilarious VR bow shooter. Shoot an arrow inside a kitchen and throughout town, play whack-a-mole, use a gun, take a virtual selfie or two, play basketball, bowl, and kill zombies for points. There are so many games it’ll be easy to lose track of time.

Fitness Potential

The only fitness elements to #Archery are the hand-eye coordination you’ll be using when using the arrow, gun, ax, and mallet. For upper body conditioning, put some effort behind throwing basketballs and ice cream, and put power behind the mallet (don’t break the controllers) when you’re hitting those whack-a-moles. The game’s creators welcome you to destroy everything you can with what you’ve got in your hands.

Developer: VRUnicorns

Publisher: Bandello

Release Date: December 19, 2017

Compatible with: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, with tracked controllers

Price: $5.99 to $8.99

Link: #Archery

 

City Balls VR

Credit to: Thiele Media

This is a great game to play with friends and family who want to try VR without worrying about shooting anything and blood coming out.  This no-stress but competitive VR game will have you playing baseball, basketball, mini golf, and archery on the rooftops on a virtual neon city. Jump (in VR with the controller, not literally, you will face plant) to different levels of the rooftop to advance to the next game. Try to beat your competitors times and use your hand-eye coordination to get a top score.

Fitness Potential

City Balls VR isn’t a cardio game but has fitness elements like swinging a bat, tossing a basketball, and shooting a bow and arrow in it. If you’re a fit gamer who wants to strengthen up or slim down you could add ankle weights or hand weights for more resistance. Or you could jog, squat, or lunge in place between any downtime to dial up the cardio and target fat burn. Remember, barely tapping a ball with a bat isn’t going to do anything for your body, put some power behind it. Also,

Developer/Publisher: Thiele Media

Release Date: December 20, 2017

Compatible with: HTC Vive, with tracked controllers

Price: $19.99

Link: City Balls VR


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