- System: Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: XSEED Games
- Developer: Marvelous Inc.
- Release Date: September 28, 2021
- Rating: E - Everyone
- Genre: Fitness, Rhythm, Simulation
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://knockout-homefitness.com/
Knockout Home Fitness - Launch Date Trailer (Nintendo Switch)
Who It Caters To
While the fitness aspect of the game is especially attractive to exercise and martial arts enthusiasts as well as those who just want to get a workout at home, the rhythm game quality makes it a fun, challenging game in the vein of Just Dance. It's definitely aimed at those with fitness goals but it would also be fun for those who enjoy the challenge of rhythm games in general.
What to Expect
Like with most games, levels start at a low difficulty level with higher difficulty levels benign unlocked as one progresses. Players who are already fit and active and/or are familiar with martial arts may find the first few levels a bit too easy but will also easily unlock the first of 12 levels available in each category—warmups, kickboxing, fighting, boxing, and challenge.
The "Warmup" workouts teach the basics of different martial arts while getting you ready for the other available choices like "Boxing", which usually involve elbows and punches; "Kickboxing", which include moves from other martial arts like Muay Thai and have lots of kicks (obviously!); "Fighting", which are a fun combination of different fight moves, karate, dodges, and more; and finally, the "Challenge" workouts are high-intensity cardio drills. There are a total of 60 unlockable workouts, two studios, and 25 upbeat music tracks that vary from EDM and Rock to Trance and Hip Hop to cater to different tastes and match the workouts perfectly.
There are also four available trainers, each with their own style and personality. Whether strict instructor to kind supporter, all trainers are encouraging and motivating throughout your workouts. Satsuki—the sweet, semi-serious one—and Takumi—the only male—are readily available, while sexy fitgirl Christie and cool martial artists Matilda must be unlocked by completing a certain number of sessions and receiving crowns for them.
In 3-Minute Fitness mode, players who want a quick workout, a fun challenge, or want to complement their personal training session can choose from all unlocked workouts, which are anywhere from just under 3 minutes to around 4 minutes each and have no limit as to how many one can do in a day!
3-Minute Fitness mode has the exact same controls but the player can choose whatever mode, style and level they want and play as long as they want, though the system will recommend taking a break every now and then. Each time a block is completed, players get a report with total time, calories burned and their score based on how many actions were completed in a row throughout the workout.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Being able to choose one's goals and training time makes it so that anyone wanting to get in shape with a martial arts flavor can do it without worrying about making it to a group class or actual sparring. Not everybody enjoys a crowded sweaty class but many of us enjoy a fun, challenging game!
- Highly customizable
- A fun way to stay active or get in shape
- Developed by fitness experts
- No previous martial arts knowledge required
- Good for beginners
- May be too easy for some, especially at first
- Controller accuracy could be a bit better
- Stretching is limited and always the same
Honey's Final Verdict:
If you enjoy games and feel like you could use a few extra minutes of activity per day or want a new, more challenging rhythm game than the usual music games, we highly recommend Knockout Fitness Boxing! After a few months of training with your favorite trainer (or switching them out daily like we do), you may be able to recreate some cool action anime scenes next time you cosplay!
Are you intrigued by Knockout Home Fitness? Let us know if you plan on giving it a try or about your experiences with the game if you're already playing it! Stay tuned to our fit otaku hive for more game reviews and fit otaku articles!