SA Gamer Awards 2019: Best Active Game

It’s possibly not a category you’re likely to see in many other GOTY lists, but this year we really felt the need to recognise some special games that don’t quite fit the regular mould. Here we’re looking at games that go that extra mile – providing not only a good ‘digital’ experience but actually get you off your couch and get you moving. While this can be done in a very cheesy way – this year we saw some really special ‘Active’ games and two that really stood out from the pack.

Ring Fit Adventure

It’s a premise that just shouldn’t work… an RPG wrapped around a weird fitness peripheral from the eighties. And yet Nintendo’s trademark brand of wacky ingenuity collides with a Joy-Con-powered Pilates ring bringing us the unexpectedly great exercise crossover we never knew we needed. Blazing its own trail, Ring Fit Adventure combines some traditional fitness methods and the enjoyably addictive RPG gameplay loops we all love in a fun-for-the-whole-family package that gets you off your couch and flexing those triceps in no time. A sweaty no-brainer for the award.

Runner-up: Beat Saber (as close to a winner as you’re likely to find)
Honourable mentions: Just Dance 2020

Nintendo Nerd, sharing my love of Mario with the world one pixel at a time.

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