Wizdy Pets - Asthma Game app

An app designed to teach younger children about asthma, using a fun and interactive game.

Wizdy Pets - Asthma Game Basic features

  • No in-app advertising
  • No internet needed
  • No social networking (not needed since the app targets a younger audience) 

What does the app do?

This app aims to to educate children about asthma, in an enjoyable, entertaining game. In the game, kids adopt a fire-breathing dragon who wants to blow fire like all of its friends, but can't because it has asthma. It's up to kids to care for their pet's asthma. During the game kids learn about asthma care, inhaler timing, inhaler technique, triggers, symptom recognition and appropriate actions to avoid asthma attacks. As children keep their pet dragon healthy, they will unlock each new level and they earn badges by completing missions (there are 30 badges in all).  

For the complete app description, go to either iTunes (apple) or Google Play (android). 
 

Pros ✔  Cons  ✘
  • Fun and interactive way to teach children about asthma and introduce words like rescue inhaler, spacer, etc.
  • The bright colours and bold images are appealing to children, and the reward badges are an incentive to keep playing.
  • The simplistic graphics is targeted to a younger age group - may not appeal to older kids.
  • Repeated playing of the game can lead to boredom — periodic upgrades would be an advantage.       
Date of this review: March 2017

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References

The following references relate to articles about apps for asthma:

  1. Connected asthma: how technology will transform care Asthma UK
  2. Hui CY, Walton R, McKinstry B, et al. The use of mobile applications to support self-management for people with asthma: a systematic review of controlled studies to identify features associated with clinical effectiveness and adherence. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016 Oct 2.
  3. Cook KA, Modena BD, Simon RA. Improvement in Asthma Control Using a Minimally Burdensome and Proactive Smartphone Application. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2016 Jul-Aug;4(4):730-737.
  4. Househ M, Hossain N, Jamal A, et al. A cross-sectional content analysis of Android applications for asthma. Health Informatics J. 2016 Mar 3.
  5. Wu AC, Carpenter JF, Himes BE. Mobile health applications for asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2015 May-Jun;3(3):446-8
  6. Marcano Belisario JS, Huckvale K, et al. Smartphone and tablet self management apps for asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Nov 27;(11)