Gorilla tag has frequently been in the news lately, and it's has been a real success. Reportedly, on Christmas day over 700K people played the game and it's taken over $26m in revenue.
The game, developed by the company Fun Train, is a virtual reality playground where the players are gorilla avatars and use their upper body to swing and climb through the jungle.
The King of the fitness swingers?
From a health and fitness standpoint (as thats what I am most intersted in) Gorilla Tag is primarily an upper body workout, but you still need to use your knee's to dip and bend.
The game requires players to use their arms to swing and climb through the jungle, which engages the muscles in the shoulders, back, and arms. This type of movement, known as compound exercises, works multiple muscle groups at once and is a great way to build strength and tone in the upper body.
Multiplayer Monkey Business
There are four different game modes - From simple Tag, for up to 3 players, or infection mode, with 4 or more. The Hunt game mode gives you a unique personal target to chase down. Paintbrawl is a team vs. team paintball battle using slingshots. Run from the other gorillas, or outmaneuver the survivors to catch them. Parkour up trees and cliff faces to evade and chase monke down. Hang out in a virtual jungle with randos or group up in a private room with friends to hang out and play.
One of the great things about Gorilla Tag is that it can be customized to suit different fitness levels. The game has different difficulty settings, so players can start at a level that's appropriate for their current fitness level and work their way up as they become stronger. This makes it a great workout tool for people of all ages and fitness levels. Go at you're own pace etc.
Gorilla Tag is fun and an effective way to work out the upper body and a bit of sweat. It's a great option for people who are looking for a new workout tool or are tired of traditional exercises. Give it a try and see for yourself how much fun and effective it can be!
What's gonna hurt tomorrow?
So, like I said earlier in this piece, you're mostly working the upper body, so lets breakdown what muscles are being hit, or, as I like to say, "whats gonna hurt most tomorrow"!
- Shoulder muscles: The game requires players to use their arms to swing, which engages the muscles in the shoulders, including the deltoids, rotator cuff, and scapular stabilizers.
- Back muscles: The game requires players to use their arms to pull themselves along, which engages the muscles in the back, including the lats, rhomboids, and trapezius.
- Arm muscles: The game requires players to use their arms to swing, climb and pull themselves along, which engages the muscles in the arms, including the biceps, triceps, and forearms.
- Core muscles: The game requires players to maintain a stable position while swinging which engages the core muscles, including the abs and obliques.
- Cardiovascular system: The game requires players to swing and climb, which increases heart rate and breathing rate, providing cardiovascular benefits.
Feeling energetic, give it a go, it's free to download and play in the Oculus store (link above) enjoy!