Mario Kart, FIFA, Call of Duty: Which video game is the most stressful in the world?


Following an investigative study from Bonus Finder, Mario Kart has been named as the video game which causes the most stress.

Bonus Finder took 14 active gamers and monitored their heart rate as they played a total of 16 of the most popular games on PC and Mobile.

After analysing the results of their study, Mario Kart was discovered to be the game that caused the biggest rise in heart rate after 30 minutes of gameplay.

The world renowned video game increased the heartrates of the participants by an average of 21 BPM – which is a jump of 32.81%.

Popular video games such as Fortnite, Call of Duty and FIFA 20 were included in the study conducted by Bonus Finder. Each game caused notable changes in the gamers’ heart rates , with the top five as follows:

1. Mario Kart - 32.81% average BPM increase
2. FIFA 20 - 31.25% average BPM increase
3. Call of Duty - 29.69% average BPM increase
4. Dark Souls - 28.13% average BPM increase
5. Fortnite - 26.56% average BPM increase

The detailed study also measured peak BPM increase during playtime, which was topped by role-playing game Dark Souls III.

A game notorious for both action and adventure, Dark Souls III players saw their BPM rise as high as 127 BPM, a whopping 98.44% increase on the group baseline resting rate of 64 BPM.

The second highest peak BPM increase was online multiplayer Fall Guys. Full of obstacles and challenges, this will come as no surprise to anyone who has tried their hand at the game.


With time of the essence, trying to complete complex tasks with strict deadlines can be quite the experience.

Overall winner Mario Kart was third for peak BPM increase, whilst Street Fighter was fourth, and FIFA fifth.

The Mario Kart franchise started with Super Mario Kart, originally released on the Super NES in 1992.


The game was a real ground breaker in terms of racing, focussing on a go-kart style, putting emphasis on speed and now infamous power-ups.

Mario Kart has graced nearly every major Nintendo games console since the 1990’s, and have often proved big sellers.

The latest version, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, released on the Nintendo Switch, utilised new-gen gaming by including actual RC cars to race around at your leisure.

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