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    You Might Like

    • Great Game, Genuine Workout
    • Massive Multi-Campaign Adventure
    • Plenty of Distinct Levels
    • Tons of Memorable Enemies
    • Customise for your Perfect Workout Balance

    Might Not Like

    • No High Enough Difficulty For Olympic Athletes
    • Some Repetition in Levels
    • Only a Handful of Unique Bosses
    • Choice of Music A Bit of a Missed Opportunity

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    Ring Fit Adventure Review

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    Ring Fit Adventure, I am not an athlete. I do not run marathons. Nor do I swim so much as gingerly float in water; I have no awards for sport. Becoming like the men from 300 has never been more to me than a sleep-deprived fantasy. The kind where you can’t decide if you were actually serious, especially when the walls are still swirling.

    That is my confession. Now you know me for what I am.

    But here’s the next layer to the story. One that might not be the same for everyone but if you’re reading this, might be true for you. I am not an athlete. I don’t want to be an athlete. But I do want to be healthy. I want to be active. At least, active enough that when I am lazy, I don’t have to feel bad about it.

    Tales of Fitness-Past

    Ring Fit Adventure is not the first exercise game that looks to me - the fitnessly challenged - as its core audience. Nintendo, the studio behind the game and maker of the Switch console, released a series of fitness games on their previous consoles, aptly titled Wii Fit.

    These games were pure fitness and sadly lacking as games. The experience was distilled down to a series of calorie totals and miles run that, while valuable as a tracker for fitness fanatics, lacked sufficient depth for the fitness initiate. The routines were rigorous but unfulfilling. The scenarios quickly became repetitive. It was the ‘at-home gym experience’ without the gym, and without the experience.

    Yet there was clearly something about Wii Fit that resonated. Despite its flaws, there was a swell of interest for a game that could live up to the ideal promise of Wii Fit. A game that you could play, enjoy, and simultaneously, with a little smoke-and-mirrors trickery, would also just so happen to be intensive exercise.

    So that’s the question: is Ring Fit Adventure a game, or still stuck being a fitness accessory?

    Gym Games Gone Wild

    I’ll not leave you in suspense. Ring Fit Adventure is an extraordinary achievement and a testament to the possibilities of games beyond just entertainment. Games to learn has perhaps an unfounded negative reputation; games to live is what Ring Fit should be considered.

    Ring Fit Adventure puts together a complete exercise portfolio, with dozens of options creating hundreds of unique routines, and packages it into a compelling, exciting and impressively lengthy campaign: 150+ hours, spread over 3 campaigns and 69 (very classy) worlds.

    Each campaign uses the same worlds and levels but keeps the experience fresh with new dialogue, continuing the storyline (you read that right - the exercise game storyline) and slowly raising the difficulty as the upgrade system (you read that right too) starts to cap out towards the end of the second campaign, while the enemies and bosses continue to buff up to keep up with you.

    Levels take several forms. Many are part obstacle-course, part enemy encounter. There are shorter mini-game levels, focused around single exercise challenges. There are longer challenge levels, focused around a series of exercise challenges or enemy gauntlets. And every world has a finale boss fight - some also have mini-bosses or are all bosses.

    Every world and level is different enough that even though some parts do repeat (there is a finite amount of different enemies, different scenery-types for levels, different mini-games) it doesn’t make the game feel any less impressive or longer than it should be. In fact, I would say that Ring Fit Adventure is as long as it has to be.

    A Catered Health Buffet

    Without the immensity of activities and challenges to work through, Ring Fit Adventure would’ve become Wii Fit in a different skin. New look, same problems. Along with the huge step-up in playability thanks to the campaign, it’s the length that presents Ring Fit Adventure not as an exercise gimmick but as a workout solution. There really is enough content that you can exercise using the game long-term, without repeating levels, without just doing the same 4 or 5 routines over and over again. This is a serious workout tool packaged in a way that is accessible to a broad audience.

    The final aspect I haven’t touched upon is what makes Ring Fit Adventure so accessible to anyone, regardless of fitness level: the customisation options. You can start wherever you are, fitness-wise, and Ring Fit is prepared to accommodate. Everything from the number of reps per exercise, to damage taken, to damage dealt. Having 30 different difficulty levels allows you to tweak the game, finding that sweet spot. You can push yourself to your limit or just build a more active habit. I will say that if you already have the physique of a Spartan warrior, even max difficulty might be too passive for you.

    A Fitting Conclusion

    Ring Fit Adventure is a sorely necessary evolution on previous fitness games. It fulfils the promise of a game capable of stepping into the role of a workout trainer. Nintendo has baked a rich, protein-layered cake, with lots of flavour and filling, and a surprisingly low-calorie count.

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    • Graphics
    • Multiplayer
    • Story (Career Mode)
    • Originality

    You might like

    • Great Game, Genuine Workout
    • Massive Multi-Campaign Adventure
    • Plenty of Distinct Levels
    • Tons of Memorable Enemies
    • Customise for your Perfect Workout Balance

    Might not like

    • No High Enough Difficulty For Olympic Athletes
    • Some Repetition in Levels
    • Only a Handful of Unique Bosses
    • Choice of Music A Bit of a Missed Opportunity

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    Took a year but game is very rare,brand new still in shrink wrap Axis and Allies 1914,extremely happy bargain price. Well worth the wait 😊

    I’ve bought a lot of games (definitely far too many!) from Zatu since I found the hobby over lockdown and I could not be happier with the service. Deliveries usually arrive after 2 days with (standard shipping) no matter the size of the order and the prices!!! A lot of games are routinely £20 cheaper than the nearest retailer, be it Amazon or another games shop. With that combination it’s no wonder that this hobby has turned into a love of collecting games.

    I’ve bought a lot of games (definitely far too many!) from Zatu since I found the hobby over lockdown and I could not be happier with the service. Deliveries usually arrive after 2 days with (standard shipping) no matter the size of the order and the prices!!! A lot of games are routinely £20 cheaper than the nearest retailer, be it Amazon or another games shop. With that combination it’s no wonder that this hobby has turned into a love of collecting games.

    Order lots of games from Saturday over the past few year never had an issue. Pre-orders are often out there control but they are very willing to keep you updated on what’s happening with your orders

    Order lots of games from Saturday over the past few year never had an issue. Pre-orders are often out there control but they are very willing to keep you updated on what’s happening with your orders

    Swift delivery. Generally cheaper than amazon..relatively good stock of games, although sometimes sold out for montha

    Swift delivery. Generally cheaper than amazon..relatively good stock of games, although sometimes sold out for montha

    I bought a game as a present for our daughter. As it was being delivered to her directly we opted to have it gift wrapped. The gift wrapping was done very nicely and looked really good, well done whoever did it!

    I bought a game as a present for our daughter. As it was being delivered to her directly we opted to have it gift wrapped. The gift wrapping was done very nicely and looked really good, well done whoever did it!

    Delivery was on time, in France. Satisfied.

    Delivery was on time, in France. Satisfied.

    Excelente servicio, envían muy rápido y la mercadería llega en perfectas condiciones, muchas gracias!

    Excelente servicio, envían muy rápido y la mercadería llega en perfectas condiciones, muchas gracias!

    As an avid boardgamer, I always use Zatu to buy my games. The prices are very competitive and the loyalty rewards are always welcome. Unlike some other outlets, the customer service is first class.

    As an avid boardgamer, I always use Zatu to buy my games. The prices are very competitive and the loyalty rewards are always welcome. Unlike some other outlets, the customer service is first class.

    The price is nice, the product came out great and the client support is a big differential. Can't recommend it more.

    The price is nice, the product came out great and the client support is a big differential. Can't recommend it more.

    This is my 2nd order with ZATU Games and I want to describe my experience with them in some detail: Delivery: Fast and reliable, the ordered items are shipped quickly and all neccessary information (tracking) is shared, therefore 100% transparent 5/5 stars Contact: First I was a bit doubtful as a german customer (sorry for my bad english) because of stress with customs and delivery times through BREXIT concerns. However, after sending my questions I just had a good feeling. Friendly cusomter support, quick answers and an always welcoming feeling made it a joyful experience for me to wait for my packages and I am literally an impatient guy 5/5 stars Assistance: I just wanted to separate the overall impression of the customer support from a detailed impression after a delayed package at customs: They shared tracking information, contacted Royal Air Mail for me and helped me to find the package information. After all the work they had, they refunded me without hesitation to help me out of my situation. 5/5 stars Products: Perfect condition, not even a scratch on the product! In addition one of the widest product ranges in board games I had ever seen and always welcoming if you want to recommend another game to add to their store! I know, I repeat myself but I can just say: It's a joy to play their games and order there! 5/5 stars I am happy to be a Zatu customer and can't wait for christmas to come! Best wishes and stay healthy!

    This is my 2nd order with ZATU Games and I want to describe my experience with them in some detail: Delivery: Fast and reliable, the ordered items are shipped quickly and all neccessary information (tracking) is shared, therefore 100% transparent 5/5 stars Contact: First I was a bit doubtful as a german customer (sorry for my bad english) because of stress with customs and delivery times through BREXIT concerns. However, after sending my questions I just had a good feeling. Friendly cusomter support, quick answers and an always welcoming feeling made it a joyful experience for me to wait for my packages and I am literally an impatient guy 5/5 stars Assistance: I just wanted to separate the overall impression of the customer support from a detailed impression after a delayed package at customs: They shared tracking information, contacted Royal Air Mail for me and helped me to find the package information. After all the work they had, they refunded me without hesitation to help me out of my situation. 5/5 stars Products: Perfect condition, not even a scratch on the product! In addition one of the widest product ranges in board games I had ever seen and always welcoming if you want to recommend another game to add to their store! I know, I repeat myself but I can just say: It's a joy to play their games and order there! 5/5 stars I am happy to be a Zatu customer and can't wait for christmas to come! Best wishes and stay healthy!

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