Hardlight Blade

Pick your sword color and get to slicing and dicing! Robots are flooding in and you’ve got some metal to destroy. Use your glowing swords and throwing axes (more like boomerang axes!) to halt bullets and missiles from making you a target!

Fitness Potential  

Move around in 360-degrees and transform into a robot killing machine! This may be a front-facing game but it can be played sitting and standing for different play styles. The sword and throwing axes are going to be a great upper body game. Putting some force behind swings and throws will keep your waist from turning into dough.

Developer/Publisher: RJdoesVR
Release Date: October 31, 2018
Compatible with: Oculus Rift, with tracked controllers
Price: Free
Link: Hardlight Blade


Woeful Woebots

You’re an inventor whose robots have AI systems with programming that’s gone berserk. Instead of their leader, you’re now their enemy! Go guns blazing and throw bombs to turn these robots into a pile of metal rubble.

Fitness Potential  

There’s lots of upper body activity in this standing and room scale arcade shooter. There are targets to shoot for teleportation and robots attacking from street level to rooftops and other platforms. Get low and use those leg muscles to save your virtual lives or its game over.

Developer/Publisher: Hello Bard AS
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Compatible with: Oculus Rift, with tracked controllers
Price: $9.99
Link: Woeful Woebots


Sophie’s Guardian

This game was released on Halloween and gives us the heebie-jeebies. Players become a teddy bear, Sophie’s Guardian, and are tasked with being a nightmare hunter. This is an FPS and horror game with waves of spookily aggressive dolls that surround you in all directions. Shoot them.

Fitness Potential  

This is an FPS game so it’s going to make your arms burn. But that’s good because you’ll be so scared you probably won’t even feel it! Gunslinger, Carnival, and the Tutorial look like they’re going to be the better workout. Play Puppeteer if you’ve got a gamepad and a headset to play it in asymmetric multiplayer.

Developer/Publisher: GameCoder Studios, Render Farm Studios
Release Date: October 31, 2018
Compatible with: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, with tracked controllers
Price: Free
Link: Sophie’s Guardian


Sky Brawl

This is an Early Access game. Defend the sky castle from hordes of ravenous zombie soldiers. Use a mighty and magical sword for attacks up close and use the crossbow for distance attacks. Summon magic and protect the crystals from being taken.

Fitness Potential

This game is set in room scale but does have teleportation to get to the castle or the ground floor easier. Keep your arms busy by throwing bombs, aiming and shooting arrows, attacking with swords, hammers, and an ax. Gather more weapons in battle and be quick to parry and dodge enemy weapons to get the full body benefits of fighting in VR.

Developer/Publisher: Rarebird Studio
Release Date: October 29, 2018
Compatible with: HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, with tracked controllers
Price: $19.99
Link: Sky Brawl


Redshift VR

No frisbees getting lost in a tree or over the neighbor’s fence. Redshift VR is a VR frisbee or disc-throwing game that will test your timing and aim. Thow the disc at crystals using both hands and then activate powerups like multi-disc and lightning. The main objective is to break the crystals for points, powerups, unlock skills, and to get to the end.

Fitness Potential  

Slinging discs with both hands is going to keep arms active as long as you keep breaking crystals. This is a seated, standing, and room scale game and you’ll have to use leg movement to turn around to keep checking for more crystals. If you wanted to, you could hold a squat or lunge and move to put some body weight pressure on the legs and also engage the core.

Developer/Publisher: Sorcium Games
Release Date: November 2, 2018
Compatible with: HTC Vive, with tracked controllers
Price: Click the link to view price.
Link: Redshift VR