Since the release of the Switch in 2017, many fitness games have come out in the hope of being a fun game while offering real physical training. The holder of the current title in this regard, the game that closer to this balance, is still Ring Fit Adventure of 2019. Now a new competitor rises on the ring: Knockout Home Fitness. This rookie has a punch in serious exercise, even if he still needs a little training in the field of pleasure.

As its title suggests, Knockout Home Fitness is above all a boxing experience, although it also incorporates other disciplines, including kickboxing and martial arts. You are guided by a virtual instructor, whose choice you have between four, although two must be unlocked. The instructors are friendly and easy to follow, and I was impressed by the usefulness and pedagogy of their comments.

Knockout Home Fitness is a rhythm game, you will familiarize yourself right away with the gameplay: holding the Joy-Cons in each hand, you hit the left and right at the regular rhythm of instrumental music. Your timing and your regularity determine your score. The music is generic EDM, but it is discreet, allowing you to focus on your movements without distraction.

And you must focus. There are not many cute extras as cartoon characters on the screen or bells ringing for bonuses and others – Knockout Home Fitness seems to be positioned as a more serious and more mature training program that some other arcade titles. I usually liked that and I found it was a rather satisfying training accordingly.

He has his faults. Manual movements are, unsurprisingly, well calibrated thanks to the portable joy-cons. But other actions, such as kicking, are not measured, so it s up to you to make sure you do it. Therefore, you can play the system if you want and simply tougle your wrist and so on without really doing it properly. It s something that also suffer some other games of this kind (Zumba Burn It Up! Comes to mind).

And as good as Knockout Home Fitness, a really great game offers this authentic workout while also being a fun game. In this way, you spend such a good time that you do not even notice that you are sweaty. Let s be clear: Knockout Home Fitness is not a Ring Fit adventure. This is not a game to which you will play addictively for hours each day.

In fact, Home Fitness Ko does not even let you play too much. As a real personal trainer, he program your workouts to one per day. Fortunately, there is a second mode called 3-minute fitness that looks like a more relaxed mode if you want more. Once again, as an exercise tool, it s another great way to sweat although it s simple and a bit without inspiration.

Knockout Home Fitness has a clear target and audience: This is a game for people seeking to get in shape that reproduces a training routine with a personal trainer. It never really claims to be much more, like an addictive video game. It will be good for many people, but if you hope more, Ring Fit Adventure is always the undisputed champion.